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
These activities include a ride in a sled driven by our guide and pulled by our enthusiastic Siberian huskies, taking two-four people at a time, and/or a kennel tour where we learn about how these dogs live. They offer a chance to see how a dog team works and are mainly for people who want to learn more about our dogs, the history of the breed and the dog sledding sport. The options are:
A.) 2 km sled ride, lasting 10-15 minutes depending on conditions, price 45€/adult and 22,50€/child under 15. 
B.) ½ km, which is 2-3 minutes per ride, for groups with over 10 participants,  price: 20€/adult,10€/child. 
C.) And for those who just want the kennel tour: 10€/person, minimum 4 people.

↓ 2. 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, ~ 4 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. The distance driven may be altered for safety reasons or due to poor weather conditions. Small children 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 options are:

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

3. Longer options
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 2½ & 4 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.

Minimum participation: 2 persons/safari. Reservations must be made the day before by midday. Suitable departure times are arranged by request upon reservation.
Prices include guides, and driving and safety instruction. Payment to be made once 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 of the programme.

The normal temperature limit for long programmes is -25°C. 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 needs to be taken into condsideration: e.g. -30°C with wind chill is equivalent to approx -45°C, exposed flesh will freeze within two minutes, so sufficient correct clothing is paramount. The content of programmes may be subject to change at the discretion of the guide. Routes and distances may be altered for safety reasons, or due to poor weather conditions. In cases of programme cancellation due to force majeure, attempts will be made to provide an alternative programme.