High in the north of Finland, the modern village of Ivalo stands 2 miles within the Arctic Circle. It is surrounded by a typically watery forested Lapland landscape. Alongside is the Ivalo River and the vast Lake Inari is just 1 miles north. Visitors who hire a car here will find that both Norway and Russia are within easy driving distances. The village is sandwiched between two National Park wildernesses: Lemmenjoen and Urho Kekkosen. Ivalo Airport is five miles to the southwest. The winter ski and summer adventure resort of Saariselkä is a short way beyond that on the E75 highway.