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.
Purchasing a permit
The number of permits in the Inari Wilderness 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 the Inari Wilderness angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours, 7 days or a calendar year. Season permits, which are valid for the entire calendar year, are sold until 1 July. The angling permit prices are as follows:
|Permit validity||Permit price|
|24 hours||10 €|
|7 days||40 €|
|Calendar year||60 €|
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 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 3 PM.
Rovaniemi: Science Centre Pilke (nationalparks.fi)
Sodankylä: Harjus Sportia (sporting goods store)
Saariselkä: Urho Kekkonen National Park Customer Service Kiehinen (nationalparks.fi)
Ivalo: Ivalon Eräsoppi (hiking and camping store)
Ivalo: Ivalo Customer Service (nationalparks.fi)
Inari: Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida (nationalparks.fi)
Lemmenjoki: Lemmenjoen lomamajat (accommodation and tourism services)
Kaamanen: Muotkan Ruotku, Giellajohka Ky (accommodation service)
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 Wilderness angling permit 1564 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.
Water areas not included in the angling permit
The following waters located in Inari have their own angling permits, so the Inari Wilderness angling permit 1564 does not grant the right to fish in them:
- The waters of Lemmenjoki National Park (permit area 1562)
- Sotajoki, Tolosjoki and Repojoki rivers (permit area 1567)
- Luttojoki and Suomujoki rivers (permit area 1568)
- Näätämöjoki river (permit area 1565)
- Juutuanjoki river (permit area 1578)
- The waters of Inari Hiking Area (permit area 1579)
- Inarijärvi Lake (permit area 1580)
- Kielajoki and Kaamasjoki rivers (permit area 1583).
Fishing in Lake Opukasjärvi is prohibited nearer than 200 metres from any river mouth.
Fishing gear and bait
A maximum of eight (8) rods may be used when trolling.
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 Wilderness angling permit 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 Inari fish harbour and at many tourism companies along Tenojoki River.
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 in this permit area.
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.|
|Char||No catch size||15.9.–30.11.|
Anglers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods specified in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Water temperature has a significant impact on the survival of salmonids after they are released. When water temperatures approach +20 °C, you should use judgement before you decide to fish for salmonids. In waters warmer than this, fishing for salmonids should be avoided. In such situations, it is advisable to focus on species that are more resistant to heat, such as zander, pike and perch. See guidelines for responsible fishing.
More information about the fishing regulations in the Inari Fishing Area is available in Finnish at www.inarinkalatalousalue.fi.
More information about disinfection instructions and obligations is available from the Lapland ELY Centre and on the Finnish Food Authority website (ruokavirasto.fi).
You can search for hiking destinations in this area at Nationalparks.fi.