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.

Welcome!

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.
Campsite
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 
First we go for a quick ride in a sled driven by our guide and pulled by our enthusiastic Siberian huskies, taking two people at a time. Later, we can go for a kennel tour where we learn about how these dogs live and work. This offers a chance to see how a dog team works but is mainly for people who want to learn more about our dogs, the history of the breed and the dog sledding sport. 
We will go for a 2-3 km trip, depending on conditions, lasting 10-15 minutes, price 45€/adult and 22,50€/child. For groups with over 10 participants, we can do a shorter ride of ½ km, which is 2-3 minutes per ride, price: 20€/adult, 10€/child. 


2. Drive a dog team
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 huskies through the forest and over hills. The shortest route is easier and suitable for beginners, while the others are more challenging: they require good balance and strength (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. Participants usually travel in pairs, each taking turns to drive and ride on the sled. Children aged less than 12 years ride in the guide's sled with a parent or a member of staff. Children aged 12-15 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. 

Prices:
Short option 1: (~ 5 kms) 70€/person, 35€/child. Duration approx 1 hour, with total driving time approx 20-25 mins, plus 20 mins for driving lesson and a kennel tour.
Short option 2: (~ 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.
Short option 3: (~ 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.

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 40 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 small hills and drive the distance! Duration approximately 2½ & 5 hours respectively, including 20 min driving lesson. Price for 20 km: 130€/adult. Price for 40 km: 210€/adult, including a break 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 usually included, if there is time.

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 guide, and driving and safety instruction. Payment to be made on arrival.
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 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 -45°C, exposed flesh will freeze within one minute, 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.