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Avviljohka , Avveeljuuhâ
Bridge from Kuttura over the Ivalojoki near Inari

Bridge from Kuttura over the Ivalojoki near Inari

Water code FI : 71.4
location Lapland ( Finland )
River system Paatsjoki
Drain over Paatsjoki  → Barents Sea
source at Korsatunturi in the municipality of Enontekiö
68 ° 25 ′ 51 ″  N , 25 ° 0 ′ 28 ″  E
Source height 300  m
muzzle at Ivalo in the Inarijärvi coordinates: 68 ° 45 ′ 25 ″  N , 27 ° 38 ′ 15 ″  E 68 ° 45 ′ 25 ″  N , 27 ° 38 ′ 15 ″  E
Mouth height 118.7  m
Height difference 181.3 m
Bottom slope 1 ‰
length 180 km
Catchment area 3884 km²
Left tributaries Repojoki
Right tributaries Kyläjoki, Sotajoki, Tolosjoki
Small towns Ivalo

The Ivalojoki [ ivɑlɔjɔki ] ( Inari Sami Avveeljuuhâ , Northern Sami Avviljohka ) is a 180 km long river in Finnish Lapland .


The Ivalojoki rises in northwestern Finland and flows from southwest to northeast towards Inari Lake . Initially the river flows through a moor landscape, later through a lonely, almost uninhabited low mountain range with abandoned gold rush settlements. The river meanders strongly in front of the mouth . It flows through the village of Ivalo shortly before its mouth , and then, divided into three main arms, flows into the Inari Lake as a river delta.


In the 1870s there was a "gold rush" at Ivalojoki and neighboring Lemmenjoki . Gold is still being mined there today . There are currently around 60 to 70 prospectors holding claims in which they are searching for gold. Since they can only work for about four to six months depending on the weather, the prospectors have to hurry to earn enough money to survive the extremely long winter. Winter usually lasts from October or November to around the end of April or even well into May.

Often in spring, the snowmelt and the road bridge in Ivalo, where the ice masses accumulate, lead to extensive flooding. The center of Ivalo is also often affected. In addition, settlements on State Road 4 , which partly runs parallel to Ivalojoki, are also often affected by the flooding.


The Ivalojoki is a popular river with moderate difficulty for multi-day canoeing trips.

Web links

Commons : Ivalojoki  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b JÄRVIWIKI - Inarijärvi (