Inari in northern Lapland is home to a fell cluster—ancient weathered hills—that is perfect for productions: accessible and stunning all year round.
This bundle of Ice Age-era hills includes Kaunispää, Urupää, Palopää and Kuusipää and lies along Highway E4, which leads all the way from Utsjoki (northernmost Finland) to Helsinki. The bundle of fells offers forest landscapes, as well as areas with a distinct tundra-esque character. This is a great place to capture the highway cutting through the wilderness as well as the old unpaved Magneetimäki (Magnet Hill), which is cultural heritage site.
Kaunispää is the most easily accessible fell, as a road leads all the way to its peak. At the top, you’ll find a café and a cozy souvenir shop. Thanks to their location near the highway, the other fells are also easy to conquer, while perhaps offering a bit more peace and wilder landscapes for your lens.
There is a good selection of accommodation available across the municipality of Inari. The fells of Kaunispää, Urupää, Palopää and Kuusipää are located near the the popular Saariselkä travel area (5 min by car), which features hotels, cabins and holiday villages.
The accommodation capacity of the Saariselkä is 6400 beds, while the number for the rest of Inari is 2900.
Eating in Inari
As with accommodation, there is a wide range of restaurant options to choose from in Inari and the Saariselkä travel area, from fast food eateries and cafés to high-end culinary experiences. Catering services are offered by some local businesses.
There are many local services filmmakers may find useful when filming in the fell wilderness of Inari, including:
- Guide services
- Transportation services
- Snowmobile and ATV rentals
- Snowshoe and other snow equipment rentals
Visit Inari-Saariselkä for more info on available services in the region.
Lapland is the easiest way to connect to the Arctic, with 5 airports, a vast road network maintained all-year round and convenient public transportation.
The Ivalo International Airport (20 min by car from Kaunispää) offers a daily connection to Helsinki year-round, and there are direct connections to some European cities during the busy winter season. The second-nearest airport is in Kittilä (2 h 45 min).
The nearest railway stations are in Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi (both 4 h by car). Visit VR for tickets and timetables.
Inari is easily reached by bus. For example, there are multiple direct bus routes from Rovaniemi to Inari every day. Visit Matkahuolto for more information on buses in Lapland.
Inari and its fells are easily accessible by car, and you can find many options for car rentals just about everywhere.
Crew & Filming Equipment
There are a number of production service companies that operate across Lapland, including Inari. We’re happy to tell you more, so please get in touch.
Everyman’s Right means most of Lapland’s nature is free for filming. In most cases, including the fells of Inari, if your production is a) small-scale and b) does not disturb nature, you probably don’t need to worry about film permits. If you’re uncertain, you can always ask.
Much of the Inari fell area is managed by Metsähallitus (Finnish Forest Administration), which means permits are required for off-road traffic and the construction of any temporary structures. Metsähallitus handles all applications case by case. For more info, see their page on permits in state-owned areas.
Film Lapland can help you determine if you need a film permit. If you have questions, please contact us.