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Lake Inari, Inari

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Lake Inarijärvi is the largest lake in Sápmi and the third-largest lake in Finland. It is located in the northern part of Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. The lake is 117–119 meters above sea level and it is regulated at the Kaitakoski power plant in Russia. The freezing period normally extends from November to early June.The most well known islands of the lake are Hautuumaasaari ("Graveyard Island"), which served as a cemetery for ancient Sami people and Ukonkivi ("Ukko's Stone"), a historical sacrifice place of the ancient inhabitants of the area. There are over 3,000 islands in total. Trout, lake salmon, Arctic char, white fish, grayling, perch and pike are found in Lake Inari.The lake covers 1,040 square kilometres. It empties northwards through the Paatsjoki at the mouth of the Varangerfjord, which is a bay of Barents Sea.Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials book series, chose this lake to be the home of the witch Serafina Pekkala.
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  • Magical place with half a meter of ice under our feet. Can be a lot of activities around it, snowmobiles, ice fishing, sleigh dogs, trekking and many more!
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  • Store has very little. Something of everything. Shop has cheap look but is good enough for small messages.
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  • This lake is very big and, during sub zero temperatures, can be walked on. The forests around provides good hiking, but the actual lake itself is great for a stroll. Quite often, snowmobiles would gli...  more »