Ivalo [ ivɑlɔ ] ( North Sami Avvil , Inari Sami Avveel , Skoltsamisch Â'vvel ) is a place in the Finnish part of Lapland . It is located on the Ivalojoki River around 12 km south of its confluence with Lake Inarijärvi . Ivalo is the largest settlement and the administrative center of the municipality of Inari . Around 3,400 of the 7,000 inhabitants of Inari live in Ivalo. This makes Ivalo the largest town in Northern Lapland. Ivalo Airport, Finland's northernmost airport, is 11 km southwest of the town .
Originally the village of Inari was the most important place in the municipality. In the course of the reconstruction, after German Wehrmacht troops had burned down almost all the villages in Lapland when they withdrew in the Lapland War in 1944, Ivalo developed into the new community center.
State road leads through Ivalo at the same time . North of the roundabout where the branches off towards Murmansk , the over the Ivalojoki. There was a hand-drawn wooden cable ferry here from around 1913 to around 1941, a wooden bridge around 1948, and today's bridge since around 1952.
- Kati-Claudia Fofonoff (1947–2011), Sami author and translator
- Anni-Kristiina Juuso (* 1979), Sami actress
- Website of the municipality of Inari: Tilastotietoja Inarin kunnasta ( Memento of March 12, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) (Finnish)
- Ferry stations in Finland - then and now on www.fjordfaehren.de
- Photo of the cable ferry from 1926 on museot.finna.fi
- Photo of the wooden bridge from 1948 on museot.finna.fi