A half-day bus ride north of Rovaniemi, Inari lies along the fringes of Inarijärvi, one of Finland’s largest lakes, and makes an attractive base from which to further explore this part of Lapland. In the town itself, the excellent Siida has an outstanding outdoor section giving you an idea of how the Sámi survived in Arctic conditions in their tepees, or kota, while the indoor section has a well-laid-out exhibition on all aspects of life in the Arctic. Towards the northern end of the village, summer boat tours depart from under the bridge to the ancient Sámi holy site on the island of Ukonkivi. If walking’s your thing then check out the pretty Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church, a well-signposted 7km hike from the village.
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