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 close to the Russian border, on the south-eastern corner of Lake Inarijärvi. Lake Inarinjärvi can be accessed from the centre of the Nellim village by boat in the summer and snowmobile in the winter. You are likely to be able to enjoy the Northern Lights in Nellim, as there is no light pollution to spoil the view of the Aurora Borealis in the starry skies of the wilderness village.
Nellim is located about 40 kilometres from the commercial hub Ivalo. There is a new road from Ivalo to Nellim, making the journey safe and fast.