1. HOW TO GET TO INARI?
You can arrive in Inari by car either via road E 75 from the south or the north or from Kittilä directly via road 955. Car rentals are available in our area at Ivalo airport.
Our closest airport is IVALO which is serviced from Helsinki by Finnair (all year around) and Norwegian (during the winter season). In the winter you can also fly directly to Ivalo from Frankfurt (Lufthansa) and London Gatwick (Finnair). You can also fly to Kirkenes in northern Norway which is 200 km from Inari.
You can also arrive in Inari by public bus from the north or the south. From the trains arriving in Rovaniemi there is a direct bus connection to Inari.
2. AIRPORT TRANSFERS AND BUS CONNECTIONS
You can book an airport transfer from / to Ivalo airport on this website: https://www.kuljetusliikeilmarislant.fi/in-english/
You can boon a transfer from / to Kirkenes airport or town on this website: https://visitinari.fi/transport/kirkenes-transfers/
If you arrive in Inari by public bus, you can ask the bus driver for a free drop-off to Hotel Kultahovi. From our hotel reception you can arrange a free pick-up for most buses when leaving Inari.
3. OPENING TIMES
Our hotel and restaurant are open all year around.
Our reception is open daily 8 – 24. If you are arriving or leaving outside these hours, you can arrange this at our reception or by email.
Our restaurant opening hours are following:
Breakfast daily 7-10
Lunch during summer and autumn seasons (weeks 24-37) daily 11-16
A la carte every day 14-21-30
4. WHEN CAN YOU SEE THE NORHERN LIGHTS?
You can see the Northern Lights in our area when it is dark and the sky is clear. First Northern Lights of the season can usually be seen in the end of August and the last around the middle of April. The shorter the day is, the bigger the chance is to see the Lights. On the other hand, the weeks around the Autumn and Spring Equinoxes offer the best Aurora activity levels during the year. Statistically the Northern Lights are most common daily after 21 until the early hours of the morning. During the month, the full moon creates light pollution that can dim the viewing of the Lights but at the same time the full moon lights the landscape for more dramatic photographs. You can read more about the Northern Light in Inari here.
5. WHERE IN INARI CAN YOU SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?
Inari village is quite small and therefore there is not so much light pollution so that the Northern Lights can be seen from the village. Our hotel is located by River Juutua and the area behind the hotel is dark for viewing. We turn off our landscape lights when the Auroras are visible. The bay of Lake Inari is also nearby (5 minutes walk) and from the lake ice you can have an unrestricted view of the sky.
If the weather forecast is cloudy for our area or the Aurora forecast is weak or if you are focused on taking great Aurora photographs, we recommend booking an Aurora hunting programme. Aurora hunting by car will take you on a search for the clear sky. Other Aurora hunting activities will take you to a location with minimum amount of light pollution and even the weaker Lights can be seen well.
6. WHEN ARE WINTER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE? HOW CAN I BOOK THEM?
Inari village winter activities start as soon as the snow and ice conditions allow. Officially the winter programme starts on December 1st but usually first activities can be booked already around the middle of November. Activities are available usually at least until the middle of April. In early winter we have a good activity programme available until snowmobiles and husky safaris are bookable.
You can book winter activities in advance directly from this website: https://visitinari.fi/activities/
You can also book them on the spot from our reception. Our most popular activity is the husky safari, so especially if your stay in Inari is short, we recommend that you book this in advance. Other activities have better availability. We also recommend that you book the Aurora hunting programmes on the spot or with short notice, as then we already have a credible weather forecast and can recommend the right kind of activity for you!