Nellim is a meeting place of three cultures on the south-eastern corner of Lake Inarijärvi: Inari Sámi, Skolt Sámi and Finnish population. In the 1920´s and 1930´s, 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, fleeing from their original homelands. The Skolt Sámi are an indigenous population of the Kola Peninsula in Russia, who lost their native lands in Petsamo as a result of WWII.
The village of Nellim is not only colorful by its cultures, but also by the spectacular Northern Lights, dancing on the sky, far away from light pollution. Nellim is less than an hour drive east from Ivalo airport and Ivalo village, on road 91 and 969.