The scenery of Northern Lapland varies quite a lot when moving from southern part of the area to the northernmost tip by the Norwegian border. In south there are dense, evergreen Siberian Spruce forests but the northern part is barren with only stunted deciduous trees and bushes growing above the tree line. Wetlands cover a large part of land in the north, with 1.782 separate areas counted. The biggest national park in Finland, 2860 sq.km. Lemmenjoki National Park is (mostly) located in the municipality of Inari.
Tourism has been an important source of income for the region for a long time, hence the area has quite massive accommodation capacity (1.800 rooms) despite the small population. Another asset of Northern Lapland is the ease of access to Russia with many local businesses having experience on working across the eastern border.
Despite the long history of tourism, some untouched wilderness can still be found. The best way to find some is hiring a local pilot or a guide to assist.
Ivalo airport (EFIV) is the northernmost airport in Finland. It operates around the year and has good connections to Northern Norway and Murmansk, Russia. Flight time from Helsinki to Ivalo is 2 hours 15 minutes.
Saariselkä is Europe's northernmost holiday resort, located in the municipality of Inari. The Saariselkä fell region provides fascinating nature combined with good infrastructure, thanks to the holiday resort built there.
The region also boasts with Lake Inari (Inarijärvi), a lake big enough to double as a sea! Contrasting the vast area of water, 1.040 square kilometres in total, this lake has over 3.000 islands!
The village of Inari, the administrative centre of the municipality of Inari, is known as the centre of Sámi culture. In the village there are several Sámi-related venues, such as Sajos, the Sámi Cultural Centre; Siida, the National Museum of the Finnish Sámi; and Sogsakk, the Sámi Education Institute.