Nellim is called the meeting place for three cultures for a good reason. Indeed, in the 1920s and 1930s, the original inhabitants of the area, the Inari Sámi people, were joined by Finnish loggers. After the Second World War, it received the Skolt Sámi population. The Skolt Sámi are an indigenous population of the Kola Peninsula in Russia, who lost their native lands in Petsamo as a result of the Second World War. The village of Nellim is an excellent place to see northern lights away from light pollution, on the south-eastern corner of Lake Inarijärvi.