Your Finnair flight from Joensuu will fly from Joensuu Airport (JOE), which is located around 11 km to the northwest of the city centre. We are proud to have served Finland’s skies for over 90 years and you can experience flight the Nordic way when you fly with us to one of more than 100 locations around the world.
Joensuu Airport can be easily reached from the city centre, with Joensuu Region Public Transport operating a number 6 bus which runs between the city’s bus station and the airport according to flight schedules. Alternatively, taxis can be hired to take you from anywhere in the city to JOE at your convenience.
Departing from Joensuu with Finnair
- When it is time to leave Joensuu, the airport allows both online and mobile check-in so that you can save time when you arrive.
- Finnair operates up to five flights a day from Joensuu Airport and connects you to exciting cities around the globe.
Located in the very heart of Northern Lapland, Ivalo is an area of unique natural beauty that attracts tourists all year round. There are numerous outdoor activities among the scenic settings and the area is home to one of Finland’s top ski resorts. Ivalo is also a great spot from which to view the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights. Fly to Ivalo in the summer for excellent outdoor activities in nature.
SIGHTS IN IVALO
Most visitors come to Ivalo for the abundance of outdoor pursuits, with something for every season. Go canoeing along the Ivalojoki River in the summer or sit on the banks and try your luck with fishing. You may catch your supper! In the winter, the area around the frozen river is popular with fans of cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. One of Finland’s most famous rivers, Ivalojoki was the site of a gold rush in the late 1800s. Some hopefuls still search the waters for gold today. You could also try your hand at gold panning. A short way outside of town, the large estuary where the river meets Lake Inari is a top spot for bird watching. The lake itself is a scenic destination, dotted with small islands that can only be accessed by boat. Ivalojoki Beach, in the heart of Ivalo, is the best of its kind along the river. It attracts locals and visitors alike during the warmer months, when you can bask in the sunshine and admire the scenery. Another local attraction is Wild Spirit Park, where you can take an exciting husky ride in the winter. The centre also cares for a number of rescued animals; take a tour and meet the Arctic foxes, wild boar, rabbits, stoats and many others that now call the sanctuary home. When you’re in town, be sure to visit the nearby Siida, the national Finnish Sami museum. It’s a great place to learn more about the local culture and traditions. Aslak Cinema is perfect for a night of relaxation and rest, or you could book a massage to really soothe any aches and pains. In general, winter is an especially good time to visit Ivalo, when the fells are covered in soft white snow and the spectacular Northern Lights illuminate the inky black heavens. During summer, Ivalo is the perfect place to experience the Midnight Sun, while in September the vibrant autumn colours are picturesque. There are plenty of reasons to catch flights to Ivalo, Lapland, at all times of the year.
IVALO WITH CHILDREN
Flying to Ivalo with children? Here are more ideas for a great family holiday in Lapland.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – Open all year round, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort has unique accommodation and awesome activities. Reserve your flights to Kakslauttanen to stay in an igloo, a traditional Lappish house or a log cabin, experience the world’s biggest smoke sauna, and enjoy diverse adventures outdoors.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR IVALO
Saariselkä - Widely recognised as one of the best ski resorts in Finland, this village offers fun, snow and adventure well into springtime. Younger visitors are sure to be impressed with the Angry Birds Activity Park. Book your flights to Saariselkä for a fabulous winter vacation.
Inari – A small village on the shores of Lake Inarijärvi, this is a good base for taking island-hopping adventures and visiting some of the 3000 plus islands that are scattered across the water. Take a winter husky-pulled sleigh ride or explore the landscapes on horseback in summer.
SHOPPING IN IVALO
As a small town, shopping in Ivalo is largely restricted to essential day-to-day items and local crafts. Some shops also have workshops where you can see artisans skilfully creating products. You’ll also find several outdoor clothing boutiques with garments designed for extreme temperatures and conditions.
Shopping Center Kuukkeli – Located in Saariselkä, this shopping centre has a grocery store, bakery, pharmacy and large gift shop, and it’s a one-stop-shop for food supplies, household goods, clothes and souvenirs.
Saariselkä Design Center – One of the best places in the area to purchase Finnish fashion designs.
Design House Idoli – A place to showcase and sell Finnish designs, there are home furnishings, ornaments, handicrafts and more here.
FOOD AND DRINK
Try these delicious delicacies after your flight to Ivalo:
Fish – Freshly caught from Inarijärvi Lake, the whitefish is typically served with a sauce made from sour cream.
Reindeer – Filleted meat is served with roasted wild mushrooms gathered from the surrounding forests for a dish with lots of local flavours.
Salmon – Very popular in Lapland, Finnish salmon is succulent and delicious. Smoked or grilled salmon is often accompanied by vegetables and a creamy sauce; and salmon soup, known locally as lohikeitto, is a good way to warm up on a cold winter’s day.
TRANSPORT IN IVALO
The town is small enough to walk around and public transport in Ivalo links with surrounding places of interest.
By foot – Almost everywhere in the town can be reached in just a few minutes by foot.
By bicycle – A cycle path runs alongside the main road.
Buses – In the winter, shuttle buses run between Ivalo and the ski resorts of Saariselkä.
Taxis – Taxis can be booked by telephone. They charge standard rates, which are based on the number of passengers, the distance travelled and the time of day. Do note that there may be a surcharge for carrying large bags and bulky equipment.
BEST TIME TO VISIT IVALO
Despite the cold weather, many travellers book their airline tickets to Ivalo for during the winter to enjoy activities like skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, skating, sledging and husky sledging. The nights are long, with some periods that see little to no sunlight at all. November to January is the best time to experience the Polar Nights. If you want to see the spectacular Northern Lights, the best time to visit Ivalo is between September and April. Weather-wise, January and February are the coldest months.
You can also book your plane tickets to Ivalo for the short summer season to enjoy activities like island hopping, fishing and canoeing. The warmest months in Ivalo are June, July and August, though this is also when the area sees the most rain. Be sure to pack for showers and cool temperatures. Arrange your Ivalo flight for between mid-May and July to experience the long sunlight hours of the Midnight Sun.
Flying at off-peak periods means you can sometimes find cheap flights to Ivalo. Whenever you plan to visit, book your trip in plenty of time to get the best deals on your airfare to Ivalo.
FLIGHTS TO IVALO
Finnair operates direct flights to Ivalo on each day of the week with varying departure times depending on the day. Flights depart from Helsinki. Helsinki to Ivalo flights take around 01h 30min.
You can also find flights to Ivalo from the UK, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and other worldwide destinations. Flights connect through Helsinki. Waiting times between flights are typically short and you do not have to change terminal buildings – the transfer is smooth and easy.
You’ll land at Ivalo Airport (IVL) when flying to Ivalo. You can reach the town by taxi or airport bus.