Kaamanen and Karigasniemi are lively meeting points in Lapland North.
North of Inari by the main road E75, lies the village of Kaamanen. It is a traditional meeting point as from there the roads and snowmobile tracks lead to North, East, South and West (Karigasniemi). Main livelihoods of the 200 inhabitants of Kaamanen village, are reindeer herding and services mainly related to travelling industry. The name of the village comes from the Northern Sámi word “gámas”, which means a particular part of reindeer skin.
Karigasniemi is west from Kaamanen, in the municipality of Utsjoki. Karigasniemi is a lively village of 500 inhabitants, good services, thousands of reindeer and access point Sulaoja to Kevo Strict Nature Reserve trails. Karigasniemi is connected to the Norwegian municipality Karasjok, which is only 18 kilometres from Karigasniemi, on the other side of River Inarijoki and River Teno. There is good access from Karigasniemi to the Porsanger fjord (Norway) and Arctic Ocean, and to the North Cape. Finland’s most beautiful road, Route 970, connects Karisgasniemi to the village of Utsjoki.