Inari hiking area 1579
The area is very accessible, which makes it the ideal destination for families and beginning anglers. The Lake Myössäjärvi area between Ivalo and Inari is covered by pristine old forest and the area's fishing lakes (Lakes Myössäjärvi, Mukkajärvi, Harrijärvi and Lentokonelampi) are near Road 4.
Lake Tuulisjärvi, situated eight kilometres south of Inari on the western side of the Tuulispää Fell, is a great fishing and hiking destination for the entire family. The lake is rich in different-sized Arctic char. There is a marked trail leading to the lake that begins in the parking lot located near the top of the road (2.8 km) leading to the Tuulispää Fell. The lake is situated high on the fell and there is a maintained campfire site on the shore. In the winter, Lake Tuulisjärvi is a favoured ice fishing spot among char enthusiasts and it also makes for a great day trip destination.
Inari hiking area
Purchasing a permit
The number of permits in the permit area is limited, so it’s a good idea to check permit availability before starting your trip.
The need for an angling permit depends on the type of waters and the number of rods and lures being used. Read more in the When do you need a permit? section of the permit terms.
In this angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 3 hours, 24 hours, 7 days or a calendar year. The angling permit prices are as follows:
|Permit validity||Permit price|
|3 tuntia||8 €|
|24 hours||10 €|
|7 days||35 €|
|Calendar year||50 €|
Anglers under 18 years of age pay half price.
Anglers under 15 years of age who are fishing with an adult can fish under the adult's angling permit with the same catch quota. In other words, they do not require a separate angling permit. A minor under 15 years of age who is fishing alone can obtain a free one-week permit from the Eräluvat online store. The permit terms for paid permits also apply to free permits.
A family may purchase a family permit, which costs twice as much and has a fishing quota twice as large as an individual angling permit. A family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents/legal guardians as well as married and common-law couples.
Where to purchase A permit
You can pay licences using the most common payment methods in the online store (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi).
Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.
With the Eräluvat app, you can purchase angling permits easily and quickly. You can pay with a debit or credit card. Read the instructions for using the app.
As of 1 January 2020, mobile permits are no longer available. This is due to mobile network operator’s decision not to provide the current service anymore.
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year. The river and stream waters are protected between 1 September and 30 November, so fishing is prohibited during that time.
When do you need a permit?
The need for an angling permit depends on the type of waters and the number of rods and lures being used.
An Inari hiking area angling permit 1579 is needed when you fish
- with more than one rod
- in running waters
- in special still waters where general fishing rights do not apply.
This means that fishing with a lure is permitted in running waters when you purchase an angling permit: simply paying the fisheries management fee does not grant the right to fish with a lure. However, hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in running waters regardless of whether the person has an angling permit or not.
Fishing with a lure is also permitted in special waters when you purchase an angling permit: simply paying the fisheries management fee does not grant the right to fish with a lure. Angling and ice fishing are permitted in special waters when you purchase an angling permit. Special waters are marked on the PDF map for the angling permit area and as a restricted area in the map window on this page and in the Excursionmap.fi service.
General fishing rights apply in other still waters included in the permit area: you do not need to purchase an angling permit or pay the fisheries management fee for hook and line fishing or ice fishing. Lure fishing with one (1) rod is also permitted in these still water areas for persons who have paid the fisheries management fee or who are under the age of 18 or over 65.
Fishing gear and bait
The use of bait fish for hook and line fishing, ice fishing and lure fishing is absolutely prohibited in Northern Lapland, which includes the Inari hiking area. This was mandated in decree 1376/2004 issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Disinfection of fishing gear
All fishing gear brought in from outside Inari must be completely dry upon arrival or they must be disinfected at a disinfection station before you start fishing.
If the same fishing gear is used to fish in waters that run into the Arctic Ocean, all of the fishing gear must be disinfected to prevent the spread of the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite.
You can disinfect your fishing gear at the SEO service station in Ivalo and Inari fish harbour.
Catch quotas and catch reports
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|Species||MAXIMUM CATCH DURING A 24-HOUR PERIOD|
There is no fishing quota limit for other fish species, neither for char.
Catch sizes and protection periods
The following catch sizes and protection periods for fish species are in effect for this permit area:
|Species||Catch size||Protection period|
|Trout||At least 50 cm||In rivers and streams 1.9.–30.11. (All fishing in river and stream waters is prohibited 1.9.–30.11.)|
|Grayling||At least 30 cm||Grayling do not have a protection period in this permit area, but all fishing in river and stream waters is prohibited 1.9.–30.11.|
Anglers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods specified in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Services in the area
The Inari Hiking Area offers marked trails, campfire sites, rental cabins and comfortable campsites. There is also a marked trail that leads to Lake Tuulisjärvi from the parking lot situated at the end of the road to the Tuulispää Fell.
You can search for hiking destinations in this area at nationalparks.fi.
More information about the fishing regulations in the Inari Fishing Area is available in Finnish at www.inarinkalatalousalue.fi.