A Winter Wonderland Walk in Lake Inari
Now that spring, with it’s glorious flowers and balmy skies, has officially sprung here in Seoul, it caused me actual physical pain to review and post these photos.
The Inari region of Finland has the country’s third largest lake, and a population density of just 0.45 people per square kilometre. There are probably more reindeer. Seriously.
Aside from skiing, dogsledding, northern lights watching or trekking, there’s not much else to do. And since, everything other than trekking came with a rather hefty price tag, trekking was what we did.
Fortunately, Lake Inari in the deep cold of winter is like some kind of deserted icy fairy tale land. The landscape is so still, silent and monochrome, that everything appears as various shades of blue to the eye. Aside from a few vociferous huskies, not a sound was heard, except for the crunch of the snow beneath our feet.
Profoundly peaceful. And cold. 😉
How to Get to Lake Inari
A 1.5 hour flight from Helsinki, brought us to Ivalo, the gateway city to Finnish Lapland. However, there are multiple airports in this region, so it’s best to check which airport is closest to your final destination, because taxi and bus fares are not cheap.
There is no bus service from Ivalo airport to Ivalo town (where the bus terminal is), so a taxi is your only option. The 7km ride costs approximately 22 euros.
Lake Inari is approximately 40 kilometres north of Ivalo, and there is regular bus service. We paid 16 euros each for our tickets. Current prices and bus schedules can be found here.
If you have to wait for your bus to Inari, there are a few restaurants in Ivalo that serve quality all you can eat buffet lunches for approximately 10 euros. Staff at the bus terminal were more than happy to let us store our bags for free.