Coordinates: 68°39′N 027°33′E / 68.650°N 27.550°E / 68.650; 27.550
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Ivalo (Finnish)
Avveel (Inari Sami)
Avvil (Northern Sami)
Âʹvvel (Skolt Sami)
Ivalo Airport
Ivalo (Finnish) is located in Finland
Ivalo (Finnish)
Ivalo (Finnish)
Location in Finland
Coordinates: 68°39′N 027°33′E / 68.650°N 27.550°E / 68.650; 27.550
 • Total3 062
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Ivalo (Inari Sami: Avveel, Northern Sami: Avvil, Skolt Sami: Âʹvvel) is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of Lake Inari in the Arctic Circle.[1] It has a population of 3,998 as of 2003 and a small airport. 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Ivalo is a very popular resort named Saariselkä.[2] The closest border crossing into Russia, is about 50 km from Ivalo: the Raja-Jooseppi border station is manned by Finland's authorities.[3]


The "midnight sun" is above the horizon from 24 May to 22 July (70 days), and the period with continuous daylight lasts a bit longer. The polar night is from 28 November to 9 January (43 days).


The village of Kyrö was established in the 1750s by the Finnish settler Henrik (Heikki) Mikonpoika Kyrö, who came from the Tornio valley. Before settling in Inari, he spent some time in Enontekiö and Kittilä.[4]

Ivalo was officially a separate village since the mid-19th century, but the name only gained wide usage in the early 20th century. Some people in Inari also knew it as Iivalo. Ivalo started growing after a road leading to Petsamo was built. Kyrö had been fully merged into Ivalo by 1940.[5]

Ivalo was severely damaged during the Lapland War (1944–1945) by retreating German troops led by Generaloberst Lothar Rendulic. The village was subsequently extensively rebuilt.[citation needed]

Tourist destination[edit]

Many tourists visit this place every year for winter sports (downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, husky and reindeer sledge riding) and for summer activities (trekking and hiking in the Saariselkä fjells, canoeing in Lapland's rivers, mountain biking, panning for gold, fishing, etc.).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Arctic Circle – Blood & Snow in Finnish Lapland". 8 May 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2022. Arctic Circle is a crime thriller set in the village of Ivalo, Finland, about 300 km north of the Arctic Circle.
  2. ^ "Inari Lapland". Archived from the original on 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
  3. ^ https://yle.fi/a/74-20061781. YLE.fi. Retrieved 2023-11-23
  4. ^ "Lapinkyläväki: saamelaisina esiintyviä suomalaisia". faktalavvu.net (in Finnish). 10 February 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  5. ^ "SuomalainenPaikannimikirja_e-kirja_kuvallinen.pdf" (PDF). kaino.kotus.fi (in Finnish). p. 103. Retrieved August 23, 2022.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Ivalo at Wikimedia Commons