Arctic Lapland at Korvala

Arctic reindeer, husky and snowmobile safaris, log cabins complete with skis, snowshoes and ice fishing equipment, and Lapland’s wilderness with its forest paths, lakes and fishing are all available at Korvala, 60 km north of Rovaniemi and the Arctic Circle, Finland.

Korvala’s crown forest estate was established in 1889 alongside the path joining the village of Rovaniemi and the small community of Sodankylä. When the road was completed up to the ice-free Arctic Ocean, inn activity began. Today, work at Korvala’s inn is enjoyed by the fourth generation of the founding family.

Beautiful scenery, nature’s proximity, varied activities and long traditions are essential elements of a holiday at Korvala.


Jaana and Seppo Näsi, and family.

Log Cabins
Log cabins at Korvala offer cosy accommodation and these lakeside cottages, situated at the southern edge of the fell region north of Rovaniemi and the Arctic Circle, are open throughout summer and winter including the Christmas holidays.
A small campsite is open in the summer along the lake shore. The campsite has been a popular holiday destination for over 50 years and provides all the typical campsite services.

Our Siberian Huskies

The final ½ km over our lake on a mid-winter sledding tour
We have been providing husky tours here at Korvala for 25 years and are third generation kennel owners. We have been breeding pedigree Siberian Huskies under our own kennel name Usvatanssin Kennel for the last 10 years. The name means "mist dance" and was inspired by two things: first, our location - on summer evenings the mist dances over our lake and around the kennels, creating a mystical feel to our white nights; and second by our dogs - when they run on cold winter days, the beauty of their synchronized paces is like a dance moving through the sparkling mist of the powder snow. Very poetic, don't you think!

Autumn training
The Siberian Husky developed over thousands of years with the Chukchi people in relative isolation in the far reaches of eastern Siberia. From 1908, some were brought to Alaska for sled-dog racing and over the next two decades became famous for their sledding abilities. In 1930 the export from Siberia stopped and in the same year they were recognised as a breed by the American Kennel Club. Since then they have spread around the world. The breed standard is quite versatile and allows for some diversity, especially in colour. They are best suited to arctic conditions working in their original role in harness, carrying light loads over long distances at a moderate speed.  

Our welfare policies
The W-puppies with their great-grandfather Seemi
We have 82 Siberian Huskies of all different ages. Our dogs are of the standard working type, not sprint nor show types. They live outdoors, just as this breed has done throughout it's existance. Our dogs have spacious kennels and large free running areas, and we are commited to them for their whole lives. They retire when they reach around 10 years of age, and then move to their own central area so that they can see all the activity going on. They continue to be part of the kennel's daily life, playing and living with puppies whenever possible. 
12 year olds Sirius and Seemi

The older dogs are kept active even when their age limits their strength and level of fitness, and they are taken on walks when they can no longer pull in harness. Our vet visits us often and all the dogs have regular health checks and all the required vaccinations and worming routines. Whenever needed they have operations or take medications, and when they reach the end of their lives, they are only put down after consultations with our vet and after there are no other alternatives for their best care and comfort - we do not want to keep them living if it means they will be suffering. 
Autumn training

The dogs are fed a diet that includes kibble with mixed raw meat, fish and eggs, fresh water daily, and bones. The diet varies in variety and calories according to each dog's age and level of activity. Our kennels are cleaned every day and the dogs are cuddled and played with daily too. They also spend time socializing with us indoors and on "sleep-overs." 

After a short summer, and once the daytime temperatures have cooled enough, we start to train our dogs in preparation for winter. We do this every weekday throughout autumn, taking out teams with our quad bikes. Then, once we have enough snow, we transfer to sleds, and continue to train throughout winter. We organise teams so that they are balanced for speed and stamina, and stagger the training so that all the dogs follow a weekly excercise routine. The distances they run are scheduled and each dog has a personal running reccord.

Winter training
We have over 20 kms of routes weaving through our own forest, which are groomed almost daily during winter and checked and cleared during summer. When we set off with the dogs we use a range of route combinations, constantly changing them so that there is plenty of variety. This means that each day's chosen route helps to keep the dogs mentally alert and happy to run. It also trains and tests their leadership skills, while they eagerly listen to see where the next command will take them. 
150 km race, with the finish line behind us

Once the winter tourism season begins, the dogs will run the routes according to their ability, with younger dogs covering longer daily distances and older ones going at a slower, steady pace on shorter distances. When the season draws to an end we usually test some of our dogs in a local mid-distance race (GRR 150 km), for fun as well as for the sake of comparison. 

We continue to run winter tours for as long as there is a demand, and when the tours finish we drive teams for as long as the snow holds out and it's safe to go, sometimes even until mid-May. Then it's time for the dogs to have their summer holiday! They are still kept stimulated with free running, evening walks and overnight hikes. We go to dog shows too so that we can be guided by the judges critiques, which are especially helpful with our breeding plans.

The W-puppies
A summer dog show and a 2nd in the breeder class
Almost all of the puppies born in the kennel stay living here, but every now and then, a couple of the puppies will swop with puppies from other kennels to bring variety into our bloodlines and to keep our gene pool healthy. For the latest updates and puppy info, please go to the kennel's facebook pages. 

Our winter tours coincide with the bus service northwards from Rovaniemi bus station platform 3. The timetables can be found here. Please search for buses to Tiainen, then when you are on the bus, ask the driver to drop you off at Korvala.
Here's a couple of teasers to tempt you...!