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.

Siberian Husky Sledding Tours

 1. Ride in a sled, then go on a kennel tour
This activity includes a ride in a sled driven by our guide and pulled by our enthusiastic Siberian huskies, followed by a kennel tour where we learn about how these dogs live. This offers a chance to see how a dog team works and is mainly for people who want to learn more about our dogs, the history of the breed and the dog sledding sport. Children under 15 go at half price. Please make enquiries about these by email.
A.) 2 km sled ride, lasting 10-15 minutes depending on conditions, price 45€/adult, minimum 4 participants. 
B.) ½ km, which is 2-3 minutes per ride, for groups with minimum 10 participants, price: 20€/adult. 
C.) And for those who just want the kennel tour: 10€/person, minimum 4 participants.

 2. Self-drive a dog team and go on a kennel tour
On these trips you will see how much fun dog sledding is as you learn to drive your own team of dogs. We start by teaching the necessary driving skills and then set off with our Siberian huskies through the forest and over hills, following the guide's team. Participants travel in pairs, each taking turns to drive and ride on the sled. The shortest route, approximately 4½ km, is easier, while the others are more challenging - all the tours require good balance and quick reactions, as well as strength and a good level of fitness, as you will need to run up small hills. The time spent sledding depends on the distance and the speed the dogs run. This will vary according to the snow and weather conditions, and the time of day. Our dogs run at speeds that usually vary between 10km/h and 20km/h, however, in icy conditions they can sprint for a while at around 30km/h. Our routes are exciting because they weave up and down through the forest - they are not made on flat roads!

Small children under 7 years can ride in the guide's sled with a member of staff, or with a parent, however, the tours are not suitable for children under 2 years. Children aged under 15 may also ride in a sled driven by their parent, and from 15 years may be able to drive a team by themselves, at the discretion of the guide. Our tours coincide with the bus service northwards from Rovaniemi bus station platform 3. The timetables can be found here or here. Please search for buses from Rovaniemi to Tiainen, then when you are on the bus, ask the driver to drop you off at Korvala.

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The options are:
A) ≈ 4 km: 85€/person, 47,50€/child aged 2-14. Includes winter clothing, 20 mins for a driving lesson at the start, time for a kennel tour before or after the run and a warm drink with cookies. Duration approx 2 hours, with total driving time approx 20-30 mins. Starts at 10:15, 12:45 and 14:15.
B) ≈ 8 km: 105€/person, 57,50€/child aged 2-14. Includes winter clothing, 20 mins for driving lesson, time for a kennel tour before or after the run and a warm drink and cookies. Duration approx 2½ hrs, with total driving time approx 40-50 mins. Starts at 13:00.
C) ≈ 12 km: 125€/person, 67,50€/child aged 2-14. Includes winter clothing, 20 mins for driving lesson, time for a kennel tour before or after the run and a warm drink with cookies. Duration approx 2½-3 hrs, with total driving time approx 60-70 mins. Starts at 10:30.
D)  20 km: 165€/person, 87,50€/child aged 7-14 yrs. Not suitable for younger children. Includes 20 mins for driving lesson, time for a kennel tour after the run, winter clothing and a warm drink with cookies. Duration approx 3-3½ hrs, with a total driving time of approx 100-120 mins. This tour runs during spring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and sometimes on Saturdays ;)

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Longer Tours
We travel through the boreal forest known as the Taiga, as we weave our way over hills and along frozen lakes and peatlands, through striking scenery. A rare chance to experience the beauty and silence of the area. The routes are challenging and require good balance, strength and fitness so you can run up hills and drive the distance! 
E)  35 km: 200€/adult. We all drive solo, each with our own team of dogs. Duration approximately 4-5 hours, including 20 min driving lesson, kennel tour, winter clothing and a warm drink with cookies. 

These tours are not suitable for children under 15 years and there are no indoor facilities along the way. Please call us and reserve this tour by phone. These special tours are only available in the spring.

Additional information
Minimum participation: 2 persons/activity. Reservations can be made up until the day before. The start time for each tour is chosen at the time of reservation and payment can be made on arrivalThe prices include our guide. 
The temperature limit for our programmes is usually -25°C, and in colder temperatures, the principal guide will decide if it is safe to start the programme, especially in the case of participating children. Wind chill from velocity needs to be taken into consideration: e.g. -25°C with wind chill is equivalent to approx -40°C, where exposed flesh can freeze within two minutes, so correct clothing is paramount (including hats, scarves and mittens, not gloves). When temperatures drop below -30°C, the cold also affects the welfare of the dogs, so this will always be taken into consideration.
The condition of our routes changes from day to day, depending on the prevailing weather. They are sometimes soft due to new snow, which means the going will be slow, and they are sometimes firm and even icy, if there hasn't been any new snow for days or after a period of plus degrees followed by freezing. This means they can be bumpy and fast. As winter progresses, there will be some evidence of wear. 
A booked activity may be changed at the discretion of the guide, and routes and distances may be altered along the way for safety reasons. In cases of cancellation due to force majeure, attempts will be made to provide an alternative activity. For example, if it is very cold we might offer a shorter trip. Or, at the beginning of winter, if there is not enough snow, we may go hiking with the dogs instead. Please look at our other pages for more information on other activities.