Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church

Inari, Finland

Pielpajärvi is the old centre of Inari. In former times, there was a winter village of Inari by the shore of this wilderness lake where people gathered to stay for the winter months. The church, built in the winter village in 1760, is one of the oldest buildings in northern Lapland. The reddish church stands on a stone field lined by a beautiful birch wood. A natural-state meadow now grows on the church grounds.

The wooden wilderness church of Pielpajärvi is the second church in this very spot. All the remains of the first church, which was completed in 1646, have disappeared, and only the decaying foundations of a few buildings are left from the winter village. The Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church and the nearby areas form a nationally valuable cultural heritage area. It has also been classified as a regionally valuable landscape area.

The Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church can be visited throughout the year. Information on directions is available on the Inari Hiking Area's webpages.

Reference: Outdoors.fi


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Founded: 1760
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)


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Johannes (3 months ago)
Beautiful church completely made out of wood! The trail leading to the church and camping area ist easy, yet I’d recommend sturdy shoes even though it’s also easily doable wearing sneakers. The lake and facilities such as toilets, benches, and a hut with a fireplace and in a great shape! Definitely do this hike when you’re in the area.
Rene Tijs (13 months ago)
What a beautiful hike! One hour walk, without stopping and a big backpack (experienced runner). Heard that the church is not always open, but just go for it. The outside is stunning and if you have the change, talk to the shepherd, he knows a lot about the area. Go there with sun, you get nice pics...
BB_upnorth Lapland (14 months ago)
Beautiful hike through ancient wilderness with ponds and marshes. The hike itself is easy but takes time because of the rocks and stumps. Carefully pick your season for this hike. Children and dogs can come along if they are used to these kind of hikes. Day cabin and fire pit just before the church. Church itself is of historic value and in very good shape.
Sara Martinez (18 months ago)
This was part of the tour and is very spooky m, but it worth it
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