The River Ivalojoki is considered one of the best canoeing routes in Finland. It is surrounded by a ruggedly beautiful arcit wilderness and has many rapids of class I-II. Our route starts at Ivalon Matti and finishes about 100km later close to Ivalo town. The river runs thrue the Hammastunturi Wilderness Area, the highest tops of which rise up to 500 metres. The northern limit of spruce growth crosses the wilderness area.
Hammastunturi Wilderness Area has had a colourful history in the last two centuries. In the past, the area has been used for reindeer herding and there has been a gold rush. During the gold rush, there were hundreds of people living in Kultala Village along River Ivalojoki. We will visit these historical sites during our trip.
After our trip down the Ivalo river we will be transferred to western Lapland and the Vätsäri Wilderness area, following extract is taken from the parks & wildlife service of Finland description of the area.
”Vätsäri you can experience the astonishing silence of a wilderness in its natural state. The eastern parts of Lake Inarijärvi with their rugged shores and numerous islands belong to Vätsäri Wilderness Area, as well as the large forests with water areas between the Norwegian and the Russian borders. Vätsäri Wilderness Area is part of the Finnish-Norwegian-Russian protected area entity called Pasvik- Inari Trilateral Park. The remote location of Vätsäri, south of the Koltta Sámi village of Sevettijärvi, behind the large Lake Inarijärvi, near the Norwegian and the Russian borders, in roadless backwoods, means that mass tourism would never disturb the peace of the area.”
We will paddle in a labyrinth of small lakes, portaging occasionally over to the next one. Combining Ivalo River and Vätsäri Wilderness Area in one long unique trip is one of the big classic trips of Scandinavian Arctic.
Day 1. Meeting in Ivalo. Staying at local hotel. Packing and preparing for the trip.
Day 2. Transfer to Ivalon Matti (1h), loading the canoes and heading down river….
Day 3. On the river.
Day 4. On the river.
Day 4. On the river. Finishing close to Ivalo town. Transfer to Eastern Lapland (3-4h) Overnight at a Reindeer farm.
Day 5. Transfer to Vätsäri Wilderness Area. Paddling on lakes.
Day 6. Vätsäri Wilderness Area.
Day 7. Vätsäri Wilderness Area.
Day 8. Vätsäri Wilderness Area.
Day 9. Vätsäri Wilderness Area.
Day 10. Vätsäri Wilderness Area.
Day 11. Vätsäri Wilderness Area. Finish trip and return to Ivalo. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12. Travel home by plane from Ivalo.
Includes: Two guides (BCU 4* or 5* leader), High quality Silverbirch Broadland 16 Duracore canoe fitted for solo paddling, all food during trip from dinner first night to breakfast last morning, tent, transfers, hotel nights, visit to Sami museum.
Not include: Travel to Ivalo, Insurance.