Avviljohka , Avveeljuuhâ
Bridge from Kuttura over the Ivalojoki near Inari
|Water code||FI : 71.4|
|location||Lapland ( Finland )|
|Drain over||Paatsjoki → Barents Sea|
|source||at Korsatunturi in the municipality of Enontekiö
|muzzle||at Ivalo in the Inarijärvi
|Height difference||181.3 m|
|Bottom slope||1 ‰|
|Catchment area||3884 km²|
|Right tributaries||Kyläjoki, Sotajoki, Tolosjoki|
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.
- JÄRVIWIKI - Inarijärvi (71.111.1.001)