Pielpajärven Kirkko

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Pielpajärven Kirkko information

Lonely Planet review

The erämaakirkko (wilderness church) of Pielpajärvi is accessible from Inari by a marked walking track (7.5km one way) from the parking area at Siida. If you have a vehicle there’s another car park 2.5km beyond here, up Sarviniementie, from where it’s a 4.3km walk to the church. In winter, you’ll need snowshoes and a keen attitude. The church area has been an important marketplace for the Sámi over the centuries, with the first church erected here in 1646. The present church was built in 1760, and restored in the 1970s. It’s always open. Open the shutters to get the full benefit of the interior, but close them again after your visit.