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.

Husky Safaris

← 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.
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 usually travel in pairs, each taking turns to drive and ride on the sled. The shortest route, approximately 4½ km, is easier and suitable for beginners, while the others are more challenging - they require good balance and strength and you will need to run up small hills. The time spent sledding depends on the distance and conditions and the speed will also vary according to weather conditions and the time of day. Small children under 7 years ride in the guide's sled with a parent or a member of staff. Children aged under 15 may 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. The tours are not suitable for children under 2 years. 

The options are:
A.) ≈ 4 km: 70€/person, 35€/child under 15. Includes 20 mins for a driving lesson at the start, plus time for a kennel tour after the run. Duration approx 1 hour, with total driving time approx 20-25 mins.
B.) ≈ 8 km: 85€/person, 42,50€/child under 15. Includes 20 mins for driving lesson, plus time for a kennel tour after the run. Duration approx 1-1½ hrs, with total driving time approx 40-50 mins.
C.) ≈ 12 km: 100€/person, 50€/child under 15. Includes 20 mins for driving lesson, plus time for a kennel tour after the run. Duration approx 1½-2 hrs, with total driving time approx 60-70 mins.

3. Longer trips
We all drive solo, each with our own team of dogs. Travelling through the boreal forest known as the Taiga, we weave our way over hills and along frozen lakes and peatlands, through striking scenery, covering a distance of approximately 20 km or 35 km. A rare chance to experience the beauty and silence of the area. The routes are challenging and require good balance and strength - you will need to be fit so you can run up hills and drive the distance! Duration approximately 2 & 3½ hours respectively, including 20 min driving lesson. Price for 20 km: 130€/adult. Price for 35 km: 190€/adult, including a quick stop for hot drinks and snacks. These trips are not suitable for children under 15 years and there are no indoor facilities along the way. A kennel tour is included afterwards if wanted.

Additional information for programmes 2. and 3.
Minimum participation: 2 persons/activity. Reservations can be made up until the day before by midday. A suitable departure time is arranged at the time of reservation. The prices include your guide. Payment should be made when you are here.
Hire of winter clothing: 10€/day. Fitting of winter clothing requires a minimum of 30 minutes. This must be done before the scheduled departure time of the activity and reserved in advance.
The temperature limit for long 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 also be taken into consideration.
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.