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IVALO TREK Lapland

Email: ivalotrek@gmail.com

Tel +358 (0)40 7778572

Ivalo Trek Lapland hasn´t any reception or safari house, we pick up you from your hotel in Ivalo area.

Post address:
Ivalo Trek Lapland
Leiritie 23
FI-99800 Ivalo
Finland

Bookings:
* Ivalo Trek Lapland
* Guesthouse Husky in Ivalo
* Hotel Kultahippu

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HIKING TREKS IN THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

Could your next hiking holiday to be directed to the northernmost Finland, to the land of wonderful fells, historical gold panning, colourful Saami culture and international tourism in the extremely pure arctic nature? During the hiking treks we reach many tops of fells and hills. The hiking treks organized by Ivalo Trek Lapland suit for people used to the regular exercise. Daily walkings are 8-25 km. Suitable also for people whom taking photos and enjoying wonderful surroundings in the land of the Midnight Sun, in the Northernmost Europe. For overnighting please book some nice hotel and cozy cottage in Inari-Saariselkä Resort.

Please, collect your hiking excursion from one day hiking trip to 10-day sporty hiking tour. I give a price of your hiking experience according to your wishes. Minimum size of group is four (4) persons per day.

Reservations or inquirie: Fill in the form, please. 

My name is Jouni and I´ll be your guide during the hiking treks organized by Ivalo Trek Lapland

1. UK-NATIONAL PARK

I would be pleased to take you to one of the largest national park in Finland, to the Urho Kekkonen National park (UK-National park). I pick up you from your hotel in Saariselkä Resort or Ivalo village and drive to Kiilopää Fell resprt. We start to hike from Kiilopää Fell Centre, from one of the gates to the national park. On the top of the Kiilopää Fell you could see over the UK-National Park, and on the good weather even to Russia side. We pass by beautiful Kiilopää Fell, unique spillways of geological Jääjärvi Ice Lake, one of the most popular day-hike destination the Rumakuru Gorge and Ahopää Fell. We enjoy picnic outdoors or depending on weather in the wilderness cottage. After the picnic we return to the Kiilopää Fell Centre and drive by car back to your hotel. The day´s hiking route is quite easy to hike. Read more about the spillways of Kiilopää Ice Lake

The greatest highlights of this hike:  Kiilopää Fell, the spillways of Kiilopää Ice Lake, Rumakuru Gorge, Ahopää Fell
Destination and km:
Car ride from Ivalo or Saariselkä  to Kiilopää Fell Centre 40 min, hike 4 hours/13 km + rest and food breaks 40 min and car ride back to your hotel in Saariselkä or Ivalo.

Hiking distance
: 13 km / 6 hours

Departure: Ivalo or Saariselkä village
Recommended accommodation
: in Saariselkä holiday resort (www.saariselka.com)
Programme include: Guiding, picnic (tea/hot chocolate, sandwich, grilled sausage, juice and bar of chocolate), return transfer from Ivalo village and VAT.
Payment: By cash or by credit card during the trek.
Operated: From 1st June to 30th September
Required:
Weather appriate clothing (preferably hiking gear), hiking boots (in the dry summer season running shoes or sneakers), small backpack, and mosquito hat or mosquito repellent. Everyone carries their own food in their backpack. Also in the backpack; rain gear, personal items, and warm clothes.
Price for summer 2017: Ask for an inquiry or make a reservation.

2. UNIQUE KULMAKURU GORGE

Today we enjoy the wonderful scenery of Kulmakuru Gorge in the western side of Saariselkä Resort. Kulmakuru Gorge is a unique glaciofluvial hillock. I pick up you from your hotel in Saariselkä or Ivalo villages. We start for the hiking from Saariselkä. Read more about the Kulmakuru Gorge.

The greatest highlights of this hike: Tolosjoki River,  Kulmakuru Gorge,  Saunaoja River, Laanila River
Hiking distance 13 km
Duration: 7 hours
Departure: Ivalo or Saariselkä villages
Programme include: Guiding, picnic (tea/hot chocolate, sandwich, sausage, juice and bar of chocolate), return transfer from Ivalo village and VAT.
Price for summer 2017: Ask for an inquiry or make a reservation.
Payment: By cash or credit card during the trek.
Required:
Weather appriate clothing (preferably hiking gear), hiking boots (in the dry summer season running shoes or sneakers), small backpack, and mosquito hat or mosquito repellent. Everyone carries their own food in their backpack. Also in the backpack; rain gear, personal items, and warm clothes.
Recommended accommodation
: in Saariselkä or in Ivalo

Winter is coming; Rumakuru Gorge in October

A view by the River Tolosjoki

3. TOR FORMATIONS AT PYHÄ-NATTANEN FELL AND THE HISTORY OF THE GOLD PANNING

Tor-like forms which consist of granitic bedrock lie at the top of the Pyhä-Nattanen Fell south of Saariselkä Resort in the Sompio Nature Reserve. They are more than five meters high and look like the work of an artist, although they were sculpted by nature. These tors probably consist of the most durable parts of the granitic rock, where the weathering has been slower than in the surrounding rock.

We start from Ivalo village or Saariselkä Resort and drive by car to Vuotso, to the starting point of the trail. At first we walk up to the Pyhä-Nattanen Fell; walking distance up is 2,5 km/one way. After the fell trip (3  hours with picnic) we visit interesting Tankavaara Gold Museum. The museum is home for the only international museum in the World displaying past and present of gold panning and prospecting. For the extra charge you could try to gold panning (1 hour) in the Gold Village Tankavaara. Read more about the tor formations.

The greatest highlights of this hike: Pyhä Nattaset Fell
Destination and route: Car ride from Ivalo or Saariselkä through Vuotso village (1 hour), hike to the top pf  Pyhä Nattaset Fell 2,5 km and back (3 hours), car ride to Tankavaara Gold Museum (30 min), visiting museum 1 hour, car ride back to Saariselkä and Ivalo (50 min). The route is at first good but became steeper and rockier.
Hiking distance: 5 km
Duration: 6 hours
Recommended accommodation
: in Saariselkä or in Ivalo
Programme include: Guiding, picnic (tea/hot chocolate, sandwich, grilled sausages, juice and bar of chocolate), return transfer from Ivalo village, entrance fee to the Tankavaara Gold Museum and VAT.
For extra charge: Gold panning (1 hour)

Departure: Ivalo or Saariselkä villages
Payment: By cash or credit card during the trip
Operated: 1st June until 30th September
Required:
Weather appriate clothing (preferably hiking gear), hiking boots (in the dry summer season running shoes or sneakers), small backpack, and mosquito hat or mosquito repellent. Everyone carries their own food in their backpack. Also in the backpack; rain gear, personal items, and warm clothes.
Price for summer 2017: Ask for an inquiry or make a reservation.

View from the top of the Pyhä-Nattaset Fell

Tankavaara Gold Museum is home for the only international museum in the World displaying past and present of gold panning and prospecting.

4. GOLDEN TRAILS TO IVALOJOKI RIVER

The legendary gold rush began in this area in 1868 and a gold panning is lively still nowadays. Tip: You could buy real gold jewelry from local ateliers.

We pick up you from your hotel and drive in Ivalo or Saariselkä by a car to the golden areas and we continue by hiking through the pristine pine forest to the legendary gold historical Ivalojoki Crown Station. The day hiking is demanding due to the length of the route. Kultala Crown Station was built as the headquarters for officials during the gold rush at River Ivalojokin the late 1800s.

Read more about the Puoliväli spring, Lihr rock and Kultala Crown Station

The greatest highlights of this hike: Ivalojoki River, Pahajoki Golden areas, Kultala Crown Station, Lihr rock, Puoliväli spring.
Route: Car ride from Ivalo and Saariselkä to Pahoja River (50 minutes) and from Pahaoja to Ivalojoki Crown Station by hiking  25 km (both way) and car ride back to Saariselkä Resort 30 minutes.
Hiking distance: 25 km
Duration: 12 hours
Departure: Ivalo and Saariselkä villages/From your hotel
Programme include: Guiding, picnic (tea/hot chocolate, sandwich, sausage, juice and bar of chocolate), return transfer from Ivalo village and VAT.
Note: Very demanding hiking trek for one day.

Required:
Weather appriate clothing (preferably hiking gear), hiking boots (in the dry summer season running shoes or sneakers), small backpack, and mosquito hat or mosquito repellent. Everyone carries their own food in their backpack. Also in the backpack; rain gear, personal items, and warm clothes.
Recommended accommodation: in Saariselkä.
Price for summer 2017: Ask for an inquiry or make a reservation.

The golden river Ivalojoki

5. SAMI CULTURE FOR RESTING DAY

Inari village is the "capital" of the Saami culture in Finland. During this day we get to know local Saami culture visiting a local Reindeer Farm and Sami Museum Siida in Inari. The Nature Centre-Sámi Museum Siida is a place must visiting in Inari and a tour is guided. At the Reindeer Farm you could see reindeer and hear stories about the life of reindeer herders.

Walking distance: 1 km around the Outdoor exhibition at Siida Sami Museum.
Duration: 5 hours.
Departure: Ivalo village

Programme include: Guiding, return transfer from Ivalo village, entrance fee to the Siida Sami Museum and Reindeer Farm and VAT.
Payment: By cash or credit card
For extra charge: Lunch in Inari, cruising on  the Lake Inarijärvi
Price for summer 2017: Ask for an inquiry or make a reservation

Sami Museum and Nature Centre Siida

6. OTSAMO FELL IN INARI

A day´s hike leads to the beautiful Otsamo Fell. The first three kilometers to the top of the fell are demanding due to the steep climb to the summit. On the top of the fell you could see Inarijärvi Lake, the third largest lake in Finland, hundreds of fells, hills, lakes and rivers. We hike back to the village Inari through untouched forest and along the Juutuajoki River, 9 km 

The greatest highlights of this hike:  Otsamo Fell, Inarijärvi Lake, Jäniskoski Waterfalls
Destination and route
: Car ride from Ivalo to Inari 35 min and from Inari village to Rovajärvi Lake 30 minutes. by hiking from Rovajärvi Lake to the Otsamo Fell 3,5 km and back to Inari village along to the Juutuajoki River 9 km.  Picknick on the top of Otsamo Fella.  Car ride back to Ivalo.
Hiking distance: 13 km .
Programme include: Guiding, picnic (tea/hot chocolate, sandwich, sausage, juice and bar of chocolate), return transfer from Ivalo village and VAT.
Recommended
accommodation: in Inari village or in Ivalo
Departure: Ivalo village or Inari village
Payment: By cash or credit card during the trip
Required:
Weather appriate clothing (preferably hiking gear), hiking boots (in the dry summer season running shoes or sneakers), small backpack, and mosquito hat or mosquito repellent. Everyone carries their own food in their backpack. Also in the backpack; rain gear, personal items, and warm clothes.
Price for summer 2017: Ask for an inquiry or make a reservation.

Please, remember to bring your camera equipment!

View of Inarijärvi Lake from the top of Otsamo Fell

We go over River Juutuanjoki by the bridge of Jäniskoski Falls.

7.WILDERNESS CHURCH AND LAKE INARIJÄRVI

Pielpajärvi was the old centre of Inari. In former times, there was a winter village of Inari by the shore of this wilderness lake where people gathered to stay for the winter months. The church, built in the winter village in 1760, is one of the oldest buildings in northern Lapland. The reddish church stands on a stone field lined by a beautiful birch wood. Nowadays the church is used for church services only during Midsummer and Easter.

We start this hiking trek easily by cruising on the Lake Inarijärvi by an ecological 120 persons catamaran and visiting the holy Ukonsaari Island. The cruising time is approx. 2 hours. We are driven by the catamaran to the Pielpavuono, and we continue to hiking to the wilderness church of Pielpajärvi. Picnic will be enjoyed in an open hut at Pielpajärvi. In the afternoon, we continue to hike to the Inari village through the old pine forest.

The greatest highlights of this hike: Lake Inarijärvi, the holy Ukonsaari Island, Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church
Package include: Guiding, picnic (tea/hot chocolate, sandwich, sausage, juice and bar of chocolate), return transfer from Ivalo village, Inarijärvi cruising and VAT.
Payment: By cash or credit card during the trip
Route: Car ride from Ivalo to Inari village (harbour) 35 minutes  - Cruising on the lake Inarijärvi 2 hrs - by hike to Pielpajärvi church (1 hour) - by hike to Inari village 2 hours - Car ride from Inari to Ivalo (30 min)
Hiking distance: total 8 km
Duration of the hiking trek: 6 hours / 8 km hiking
Operated: 10th June until 25th September
Booking: Fill in the contact form, please.
Required: Weather appriate clothing (preferably hiking gear), hiking boots (in the dry summer season running shoes or sneakers), small backpack, and mosquito hat or mosquito repellent. Everyone carries their own food in their backpack. Also in the backpack; rain gear, personal items, and warm clothes.
Payment: By cash or credit card during the trip.



The Pielpajärvi Church built in 1760.

Ukonsaari Island on the Lake Inarijärvi is very a popular place to visit

8. LEMMENJOKI, THE LARGEST NATIONAL PARK IN FINLAND

River Lemmenjoki is well known for Finland´s largest national park, the immensely beautiful river valley, the professional gold prospecting from 70 years ago all to way to this day, its Sámi village, and the magnificently vast possibilities for hiking and camping. And for good reason. The river has been used to get around already in the days of deer hunting, but especially during the gold rush that took place 70 years ago. To this day, riverboats take hikers and campers, gold prospectors, and other passerby to the gold prospecting areas and the heart of th park. This hiking trip at the golden Leammi (the Sámi name for Lemmenjoki) lets us learn about the surroundings of River Lemmenjoki by hiking to the photogenic Ravadasköngäs Waterfall along the esker terrain, which is relatively easy to move in despite its impressive looks. At the eskers, we will see deer hunting holes from the old days and exquisite riverside sceneries. This guided hike takes place mostly in a pine forest, not on a fell.

At the Ravadas Waterfalls, we will go take pictures of the whitewater, and the most daring visitors can also take a dip in the refreshing river water. Then, we will prepare a meal together at the adjacent Härkäkoski Wilderness Hut, before our boat ride back.The trip back to our cars goes by quickly on the boat at 19 (7.p.m.).

This route is suitable for people who are sporty and like to hike.The walking portions of the trip are relatively easy because we move in the river vallery instead of ascending the fells, but the duration adds some challenge. 
 
What makes this a popular hike? Both for its stories and its nature, this is one of the most diverse routes in  the Inari-Saariselkä area. The route provides enought challenge for those that know the basics of hiking and camping as well as for those who want to get some exercise along the way. Near the big fells that surround River Lemmenjoki, in the river valley, you will truly feel like you are surrounded by northern wilderness.

More about Ravadas Waterfalls: "The Ravadasköngäs gorge and 7-metres-high waterfall are situated near the mouth of the Ravadasjoki river. They make up one of the best-known excursion sites in the Lemmenjoki area. Ravadasköngäs consists of several falls in a row hidden deep in the gorge, which is originally an old glacial meltwater channel. In the upper part of the cascade, there are pothole-like forms. They have been eroded at the foot of the canyon walls along with the rock surfaces scoured by the meltwater. They bear witness to the erosive action of the glacial meltwater in the final phase of the last glaciations. First and last, Ravadasköngäs is one of the finest waterfalls in Finland. Its beauty is emphasized by huge amount of falling water all the year." (by Golden Geopark/ www.goldengeopark.fi)

Read more about Sotkajärvi Esker, Pitfalls of Sotkajärvi Ridge Chain and Ravadas Waterfalls

Walking distance
: 15 km, boat transfer 15 km.
Duration and kilometres: Car ride from Ivalo village to Lemmenjoki village (1 hour  from Inari and 1 hours from ivalo), from Lemmenjoki/Njurgulahti village  to the Ravadas Falls by hiking 4 h/ 15 km and 1-hour boat ride back from Ravadas Falls to Lemmenjoki village from 7-9 P.M. and  rest and food breaks 1,5 hours. Car ride back to Inari 30 min and Ivalo 1 hour, alltogether 7,5 hours.
The greatest highlights on this hike: Ravadas Waterfall, River Lemmenjoki, Joenkielinen Fell in the background, deer hunting holes and esker formations.
Programme include: Guiding, picnic (tea/hot chocolate, sandwich, sausage, juice and bar of chocolate), return transfer from Ivalo village and VAT.
Required: Weather appriate clothing (preferably hiking gear), hiking boots (in the dry summer season running shoes or sneakers), small backpack, and mosquito hat or mosquito repellent. Everyone carries their own food in their backpack. Also in the backpack; rain gear, personal items, and warm clothes.
Payment: By cash or credit card
For extra charge: Lunch or dinner at Lemmenjoki (ordered in advance)
Departure: Ivalo or Inari village
Price for summer 2017: Ask for an inquiry or make a reservation.

The Ravadas Falls in the Lemmenjoki National Park

9. LEMMENJOKI AND JOENKIELINEN FELL

Would you like to enjoy the view over the the largest national park in Finland and hike around the route of the Joenkielinen Fell. From the top of the fell you could see over the Lemmenjoki national park and the valley of the "golden" River Lemmenjoki. Climbing to the top of the Joenkielinen Fell will literally take your breath away, but it is well worth the effort. The trekking day is actually not demanding due to the difficult trail but it takes 6 hours to walk around the route, in addition to the duration, we take some breaks, enjoying picnic and take some photos.

The greatest highlights of this hike: Joenkielinen Fell, Lemmenjoki River Valley, deer hunting holes, and esker formations.
Destination and route: Car ride from Inari 30 minutes, hike from Lemmenjoki  to the top of  Joenkielinen Fell 3 hours, resting and picknich 1 hours and  back to Lemmenjoki 3 hours + car ride from Lemmenjoki to Inari 30 minutes.
Hiking distance: 16 km/6 hrs + 1 hour for rest and picknick + transportation 1 hour.
Departure: Ivalo or Inari village
Programme include: Guiding, picnic (tea/hot chocolate, grilled sausage, juice and bar of chocolate), return transfer from Ivalo village and VAT. Everyone will carry own items of the picnic.

Prices for Summer 2017: Ask for an inquiry or make a reservation.
Required: 
Weather appriate clothing (preferably hiking gear), hiking boots (in the dry summer season running shoes or sneakers), small backpack, and mosquito hat or mosquito repellent. Everyone carries their own food in their backpack. Also in the backpack; rain gear, personal items, and warm clothes.
Recommended accommodation
: in Inari village or in Lemmenjoki
Payment: By cash or credit card during the trip.

On the top of Joenkielinen Fell. This hiking route suits for the sporty hikers; the route is not difficult but it takes 6 hours to walk around the route.

From the top of the fell it´s a wonderful view over the valley of the Lemmenjoki River.

A trail on the ridge. Ridges have been popular passages since prehistoric time. It has been easy to travel along them without losing one´s way. It is the same nowadays. The first 5 km we could enjoy to walking along to this ridge.

10. THE HOLY FELLS IN UTSJOKI

In the northernmost municipality in Finland, in Utsjoki, there are three holy Ailigas Fells and we hike up to the one of these. Driving distance from Inari is 1,5 hours. From the top of the fell there is a magnificent view over the valley of Tenojoki River. Mountains in front of you, on the other side of the River, belongs to Norway. We enjoy the picnic lunch by the lakeshore in the fell area. 

Utsjoki´s Church Huts are worth of visiting. Church life began on the shore of Lake Mantojärvi during the early part of the 18th Century. The first church building was completed in 1701. The church huts were the lodgings for Sami families during church events and market days due to the long journey they had back to their own homesteads.

The greatest highlights of this hike: Ailigas Fells, Utsjoki River valley, Utsjoki Church Huts
Destination and route:
Car ride from Ivalo to Utsjoki 170 km (2 hours) + hike from Mantojärvi (from utsjoki church) along the hiking route to Utsjoki (4 hours/10 km), lunch break 1 hrs+ car drive to the top of Ailigas Fell (30 minutes), visiting Utsjoki Information Hut or utsjoki Church Huts (15 min) + car drive to Inari and Ivalo 82 hours).
Walking distance
10 km.
Duration: Hiking duration 5 hours + driving from Ivalo 2 hours/one way
Departure: Ivalo or Inari village
Programme include: Guiding, picnic (tea/hot chocolate, sausage, juice and bar of chocolate), return transfer from Ivalo village and VAT.
Required:
Weather appriate clothing (preferably hiking gear), hiking boots (in the dry summer season running shoes or sneakers), small backpack, and mosquito hat or mosquito repellent. Everyone carries their own food in their backpack. Also in the backpack; rain gear, personal items, and warm clothes.

Payment: By cash or credit card during the trip.
Price for summer 2017
: Ask for an inquiry or make a reservation.

The hiking distance is 10 km

The Geological Trail's information boards explain the effect of the area's geology and the Ice Age on its surface forms. Fabulous views to the valley of Tenojoki River and Ailigas Fell open up from along the path.

The first Utsjoki´s Church Huts were built in 1701.

11. A FEW OTHER HIKING DESTINATION

That´s not all. Some pictures about a few other hiking destinations.

11 1) Akupää Fell around Ivalo village. A walking trek of 3 hrs from Ivalo.

11 b) Morgam Vibus Fells in the Lemmenjoki National park. A hike of two days.

11 c) Bird watching and photography tours to the Northern Norway; two nights tours from Ivalo or Saariselkä

Welcome to hike with me! Best regards, Jouni.