Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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6 km airline dist. NE of Siida, the Sami museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre Lat 68.95 Lon 27.11
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K D H
Manlius, NY131 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
This remote chapel is a wonder. It is as though time stopped in 1895, and still in use we were told, but only for certain holidays and occasions.
Written 15 June 2021
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Meglena K
Helsinki, Finland32 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
This old church from 18th century is worth visiting if you don't mind walking 5 km per one direction. But once you get there it's magic.
It is easy to find but make sure to have comfortable shoes because the path is covered with stones and tree roots.
Strongly recommend.
Written 9 September 2020
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gagardener03
27 contributions
Feb 2020
I was incredibly fortunate to have my snowmobile training guide (from Wilderness Hotel Inari) take me to this beautiful old chuch. This is the only wooden church, which was bulit in 1750, that remains in northern Finland (the remainder were destroyed during WW II). It is in a beautiful setting and would be worth a visit anytime you are in this area!
Written 21 March 2020
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Sabine G
3 contributions
Mar 2020
The highlight is the winter walk to the church. It is really nice and good to walk without snowshoes. But there is also a track for cross country skiing. We saw a moose and a reindeer in the wilderness.
Written 5 March 2020
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Richardt1008
Walkhampton, UK304 contributions
Jan 2020
You have to mean to go here! We were brought by our guide on snowmobiles as there is no road or quay nearby. It is an ancient church, I think 18th century and is rare as the retreating German forces destroyed everything as they retreated during WWII. They missed this building due to its remoteness. It is still equipped with pews and, apparently, still used on rare occasions for weddings etc. Worth a visit if you've got the time/energy.
Written 3 February 2020
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Caroline S
Nottingham, UK45 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The Wilderness church, where reindeer herders used to gather together, is 5km from the road; it’s easy to find but walking boots are recommended as the trail, though beautiful , is covered with tree roots and boulders. In the same area, there is a laavu (fire pit) where you can cook your own food, toilets, and a sauna(of course!)
Written 3 August 2019
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Wendy v
Aarhus, Denmark76 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Nice hike in old forest. Route is well marked and not too heavy. The church is a treat. Good picknick spot present close to the church.
Written 19 July 2019
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Turnips
3 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Visited during a late night Snowmobile trip. We were rewarded with a magnificent display of the Northern Lights. Camp fire and tea in the wilderness with some great new friends.
Written 11 March 2019
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Keith W
Derby, UK1,790 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Loved this walk to the church, not easy in terms of the roots and stones underfoot but beautiful through the woods and lakes to the church. At the church there are toilets and huts where you can light a fire and make a cup of tea or coffee or cook food.
The church door looks shut but just open it and go inside, worth the walk and roots to see the church, the walk itself would be good enough but it’s nice to have a destination. I would say allow 4-5 hours as it’s difficult to get a fast pace going.
Written 22 October 2018
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lindakri
Tromso, Norway16 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
I came here looking for information about the hike, but I didn't find much so I decided to submit my own experience. This is a lovely little walk in nice easy terrain, and the entire trip took exactly 2 hours and 50 minutes (including a lunch break). A previous review said to estimate at least 5-6 hours, which really is not necessary in my opinion unless you plan on taking a nap in the church ;) The hike itself was just over 1 hour each way at what I would consider a fairly average pace (my tiny old dog with hip problems and a heart condition certainly didn't have any problems keeping up). 4 hours is more than enough time for a comfortable walk and a proper visit to the church.

I didn't spend as much time in the church as I would have liked to, and if you're the slightest bit superstitious definitely don't go there alone. I did, and stepping inside the church was really creepy (it certainly didn't help that my dog freaked out when I opened the door and refused to go inside).

Also, if you're hiking with a dog make sure to keep it on a leash at all times. You are in a reindeer area, and me and my dog were stalked by three of them for a while. I'm sure they are friendly, but it was a bit uncomfortable. Eventually a jogger came along, and they decided to follow him instead.

This was still a fantastic experience which you definitely should make time for if you're visiting Inari. I would suggest going either in the early summer or late fall to get the full experience from the amazing nature in the area. I visited on June 30th and hardly saw any mosquitoes, but I don't know if that's normal for that time of the year.
Written 1 July 2018
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