Ivalo

Ivalo

Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20 kilometres south of Lake Inari. A small town of 3000 people, it is a hub for transport to the ski resorts and outdoor adventures of Finnish Lapland. Ivalo is fast becoming on our favourite places to see the Northern Lights in Lapland. Our tours listed below visit Ivalo with Aurora Glass Cabin stays or tours that visit Norway, Sweden and Finland combined.

The Ivalo village is the administrative centre for the municipality of Inari, and also its largest population centre, so it comes as no surprise that this is where you can find the widest range of services in northern Lapland. The well-stocked grocery shops open their doors every day of the week, from early in the morning until late at night, including Sundays.

The Inari area offers unforgettable experiences in nature combined with a firsthand introduction to Sámi culture and traditions.

"The Sámi people are the only officially recognised indigenous peoples in the European Union. Estimated to be around 75,000 in number, there are around 9000 Sámis in Finland, over 40,000 in Norway, 15,000 - 20,000 in Sweden and 2000 in Russia. Although Sámi people are distributed across country borders, they consider themselves to belong to one land known as Sápmi or Sámiland, have one Sámi flag and their own national day which is celebrated on 6th February.

Finland’s Sámi population has its own parliament which is responsible for linguistic and cultural self-government. The parliament operates out of Sajos in Inari village and is elected every fourth year. In Lapland’s northernmost municipalities Sámi students have a right to take their education in their own language. Efforts are also made to preserve the Sámi languages with immersive cultural day care centres for young children. In Finland three Sámi languages are spoken: Northern Sámi, Inari Sámi and Skolt Sámi.

Although lean-tos, kotas and other traditional structures are still a part of the Sámi culture and environment all year round, people live in modern houses, dress in modern clothes and do not differ from Finns in their outward appearance. However, almost all Sámis have a Sámi dress, which is worn on important or special occasions. When wearing the beautifully made and decorated traditional dress, a Sámi person is representing their family and their region." Visit Inari

Below are Finland Tours which visit Ivalo:

Style
Season
Duration
Tour Standard

Chase the Northern Lights

14 days - Escorted Small Group tour to Norway and Finland with southbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage

  • 2022/2023
  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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Aurora Village

Northern Lights in Aurora Village Finland

5 days - Independent Northern Lights tour to Finnish Lapland. Sleep in an Aurora Glass Cabin and enjoy winter activities.

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David Evans

Escorted Northern Lights Photography Tour

8 days - Join expert Northern Lights Photographer, David Evans on this Finland and Norway tour.

  • Premium
  • Limited to 8 travellers only
  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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Experience the Northern Lights

Experience the Northern Lights

15 days - Escorted Small Group tour to Norway and Finland with northbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage

  • Fully booked 2022/23
  • Norway tours
  • Finland tours
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Private Northern Lights Tour of Finland and Norway

5 days - Stay in an Aurora Glass Cabin with all private inclusions and transport

  • Premium
  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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Aurora Highlights Escorted

Aurora Highlights Escorted

8 days - Escorted Northern Lights tour to Norway and Finland

  • Visit Arctic Europe 2022
  • Norway tours
  • Finland tours
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Santa, Elves & Glass Igloos

5 days - Escorted tour of Finland, celebrating Christmas traditions, in the Northern Lights region.

  • Last minute availability
  • Finland tours
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Aurora Village Ivalo

Arctic Europe Highlights

5 days - Aurora Glass Cabin stay and Northern Lights - Ivalo to Kirkenes

  • #thisisarctic
  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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Aurora Village, Finland

Aurora Highlights Reverse Escorted Tour

7 days - Aurora Glass Cabin | Snow Hotel | Northern Lights | Tromsø | Coastal Voyage | North Cape

  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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Aurora Village, Ivalo

Aurora Highlights Reverse Tour

5 days - Aurora Glass Cabin | Snow Hotel | Northern Lights - Ivalo to Kirkenes

  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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Aurora Village Ivalo

Aurora Highlights tour

5 days - Aurora Glass Cabin | Snow Hotel | Northern Lights - Kirkenes to Ivalo

  • Best Seller
  • Norway tours
  • Finland tours
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Autumn Colours & Aurora Borealis

4 days - Experience Arctic Europe in its majestic autumn months

  • #thisisarctic
  • Finland tours
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Aurora Village Ivalo

Christmas in Aurora Village Finland

5 days - Independent Christmas tour to Finnish Lapland. Sleep in an Aurora Glass Cabin and enjoy winter activities.

  • Pre-Xmas tour available
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Autumn Tour

Inari Autumn Auroras

4 days - Sámi cultural experiences on this short Autumn stay

  • Finland tours
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Wilderness Hotel Inari

Lapland Arctic Christmas

5 days - Spend Christmas under the Northern Lights in a Wilderness Lodge in Finland

  • 2 sauna rooms left for 2022
  • Finland tours
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Wilderness Hotel Inari

Lapland Arctic Highlights

5 days - Adventure and Northern Lights in a Wilderness Lodge in Finland

  • Finland tours
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Midnight Sun in Lapland tour

5 days - Independent summer tour in Finland with lake cruises and midnight hikes

  • Connect with Norwegian Coastal Voyage
  • Finland tours
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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Northern Lights & Winter Magic

5 days - Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort stay in search for the Northern Lights

  • New Igloos
  • Finland tours
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Accommodation
Director's Choice
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Harriniva Hotel and Hotel Jeris