Ivalo is a small town in Finnish Lapland, located about 300 km above the Arctic Circle. The village has about 4000 inhabitants and a small airport. It is mostly a winter destination where visitors come to see the northern lights as well as participate in winter activities such as dog sledding, skiing, and cross country skiing. In summer, activities include hiking and trekking, canoeing, and fishing. Ivalo is located 20 km south of Lake Inari and right on the Ivalo River, which has also been nicknamed the 'river of gold'. Another nearby attraction is the popular Saariselkä Resort, which is 30 km south of Ivalo.
One of the top Ivalo hotels is Aurora Village Ivalo. This accommodation has 25 cabins that offer spectacular panoramic views to the northern lights right from the comfort of your own bed. The Loimu Restaurant offers great food with ingredients at are among the cleanest in the world. Cabins have an espresso machine, a kettle, and heated windows to avoid heavy snowfall in front of your window. At the reception, you can purchase your Aurora Alert activation code to be notified when the lights are visible.Hotelli Ivalo is another great option in Ivalo and located right on the Ivalo River. This Lapland hotel offers free buffet breakfast each morning from 07:30 to– 10:00 AM and includes an onsite restaurant. Savour a meal from the comfort of your room with the room service and enjoy a drink in the bar during the evening. The hotel has an indoor pool, free WiFi in all public areas and rooms, and free parking is available. Club Nord organizes your winter activities, such as snowmobiling in the Ivalo area and aurora hunting tours.Hotel Kultahippu is a 3 start hotel that offers a comfortable setting for staying overnight. The cosy rooms are well lit and suit all preferences. In the hotel, you will find a sauna, a nightclub, and free WiFi. Free parking is included with your stay. The 30 rooms have private yards and televisions as well as optional in room massages. A breakfast buffet is included with your stay and served each morning from 07:00 to 10:00 AM.
Travelers looking for a budget option can choose the Ivalo River Camping & Resort, which is open year round and located right on the Ivalo River. All 19 heated cabins offer free WiFi and coffee makers. Bathrooms are shared. There is free parking as well as an airport shuttle on request. Onsite dining is also available at one of the Ivalo hotels.
Ivalo Airport is located 11 km south of the town of Ivalo. It is the northmostern airport in the European Union. Various European airlines offer both regular and scheduled flights to Ivalo. As Ivalo is a small town, there are no actual airport hotels in Ivalo. However, all above mentioned hotels are within short distance of Ivalo Airport.