Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, Inari

4.7
#2 of 17 in Historic Sites in Lapland
Sitting by a lakeshore surrounded by a birch forest, Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church represents one of the oldest buildings in northern Lapland. Built in 1760 on the site of an old Sami winter village, the wooden church remains in a surprisingly good condition given the fact that it sits largely abandoned, except for a yearly midsummer ceremony. Its doors remain unlocked all year round, welcoming all travelers. Amenities include functional restrooms and huts where you can warm up by the fire and make a cup of tea. The church can be accessed by hiking from the bay or from Inari village. Work out when and for how long to visit Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and other Inari attractions using our handy Inari day trip planning tool .
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  • I would definitely recommend a walk to this church. The journey leads beautiful nature along the lakes. It is only necessary to prepare for the difficulty of the terrain in terms of: stones, roots, rocks, water, etc., otherwise it would be an easy walk. I do not know exactly whether it is suitable for older people. In the church there are toilets and cottages where you can unwind, dine, or warm up.
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  • The walk in the forest, on the shores of the frozen lakes is superb as well as this church, improbable in such a place.
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  • An old wooden church which requires a small (4,5 kms) hike in a beautiful area. You can access the church by moving the stones in front if the door and if you climb up to the tower you can also play the bells.
  • absolutely unreachable in winter. almost got stuck on the way to the parking spot in the deep snow along the way, so we decided to turn around. our rented toyota had a lot of work to do to get us out of this road again... really sad because it looked beautiful in the pictures
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