Inari wilderness 1564

The Inari Wilderness permit area covers extensive stretches of land around the municipality of Inari. The region contains both easily accessible destinations for families and true wilderness destinations for those seeking peace and tranquillity, far removed from roads and traffic noise. For peace and plentiful fish catches, head over to the wilderness areas of Vätsäri, Sarmi and Hammastunturi Fell, to name a few. The area around Muotkatunturi Fell also offers great surroundings for fishing trips. Grayling, trout and char are popular target species in the area but you can also catch other fish typical of the region: whitefish, pike and perch. 
For anglers looking to catch grayling, we recommend Lake Harrijärvi, which is situated north of the Näätämöjoki River, and Lake Mellalompolo, which can be found in the Vätsäri wilderness area north-east of Lake Inarijärvi. One can also find excellent char fishing waters in Vätsäri, and the lakes Tuulijärvi, Äälisjärvi, Vainosjärvi, Pahtareikäjärvi and Iso Rovijärvi also offer handsome grayling and trout. In the summertime these places can be reached either by foot or by air taxi. Waters with planted char stocks can also be found in the vicinity of Lake Sevettijärvi. Iijärvi, Muddusjärvi, Paadarjärvi, Nangujärvi, Sevettijärvi and Rahajärvi are the area's most popular large lakes among trolling enthusiasts. 
Note! The permit area has changed. As of the beginning of 2017, the Rivers Sotajoki, Tolosjoki and Repojoki (Permit area 1567), Kielajoki and Kaamasjoki (Permit area 1583) and Vaskojoki (Permit area 1578) are no longer part of the Inari wilderness permit area. 

Inari wilderness

Recreational fishing (angling)
calendar year. The river and stream waters are protected between 1 September and 30 November.
Lure fishing, Fly fishing, Ice fishing, Trolling
Grayling, Trout, Arctic char, Whitefish, Perch, Pike
Natural fish stock, Fry stocking of natural fish stocks
Campfire site, Lean-to shelter, Rental boat, Own boat, Float tube, Boat launching, Cottage, Accessible for the disabled

Buying a license


  • €10 / day
  • €35 / week
  • €50 / calendar year

All persons under 18 years of age receive a 50% discount on personal fishing permits. Persons under 15 years of age can fish under their guardian's fishing permit towards the same quota. The family permit costs twice as much and its fishing quota is twice as large. In this context, a family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents/legal guardians. Married couples and couples in a civil union may also purchase family permits. 



You can buy licences directly from the online store and pay using the
most common payment methods.



Metsähallitus' fishing licences may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.




Mobile permits are not available for this destination.



Rovaniemi: Pilke House
Sodankylä: Harjus Sportia (sporting goods store)
Saariselkä: Kiehinen Service Point, Kultakaivos cafe
Ivalo: Metsähallitus Service Point
Inari: Siida Nature Centre
Lemmenjoki: Lemmenjoen lomamajat Oy
Kaamanen: Kaamasen Kievari , Muotkan Ruotku , Giellajohka Ky
Partakko: Hietajoki Camping
Kirakkajärvi: Toini Sanila's reindeer farm
Näätämö: Rajamotelli
Utsjoki: Nature Information Hut, Tenon Tunturituvat


Licence terms

Regional licensing terms

calendar year. The river and stream waters are protected between 1 September and 30 November.
  • Once you have finished fishing, you must submit a catch report at All caught and released fish must also be reported. 
  • The permit does not grant the right to fish nearer than 200 metres of the mouths of Rivers Näätämöjoki and Silisjoki in Opukasjärvi, or the headwaters of Näätämöjoki River. 
  • To protect spawning, Arctic char (salvelinus alpinus) is protected in the Inari municipality between 15 September and 30 November with the exception of the waters included in the Inari Hiking Area angling permit (1579), in accordance with the fishing regulations of the Inari fishing area, which were confirmed by the Lapland ELY Centre on 16.12.2016. 
  • For more information on the fishing regulations of the Inari fishing area, visit 
  • Before fishing in waters that run into the Arctic Ocean, one must disinfect all fishing gear to prevent the spreading of the parasite gyrodactylys salaris. 
  • Fishing gear brought in from outside of Ylä-Lappi (Upper Lapland) must be absolutely dry as they arrive or they must be disinfected at a disinfection station. 
  • Disinfection stations: There are 15 permit vendors with a disinfection station in the Tenojoki area. In Inari the station is situated in the fish harbour. 
  • The use of a bait fish in hook & line fishing, ice fishing or lure fishing is absolutely prohibited in the municipalities of Upper Lapland (Inari, Utsjoki, Enontekiö) as per a Decree from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (no. 1376/2004, 31.12.2004). 
  • Trolling anglers! By Metsähallitus' decision, the angling permit grants you the right to fish using eight (8) rods. 


Catch quotas

Trout  1 fish / day
Other salmonids

 3 fish / day

Does not apply to the area's char waters where the daily char catch is not limited.


Extra information

For more information on the area's nature and hiking destinations, visit