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.

Snowmobile Safaris

1. Snowmobile Excursion to Käyrästunturi Fell 
First we run through the basics for driving a snowmobile and get a feel for how a snowmobile handles. Then we drive through ancient forests over varied terrain up to the fell of Käyrästunturi with its beautiful views and its overwhelming silence. There we visit the restored summit camp, which served as a forest fire watchout post a century ago, and listen to the tales of our ancestors and their fenland traditions. We may cook lunch either at the summit camp, or at the base by Tunturilampi, if the conditions are not favourable up top. 

Duration approximately 3 hours including a break for a snack/lunch. The distance covered is approximately 25-30km, two people/snowmobile, price 95€/adult, single driving supplement 45€/adult. The price does not include lunch: please bring you own or order it from us for 15€. Payment for the tours can be made on arrival.
2. Snowmobile Tour through the Forest 
After initial instruction, participants travel in pairs through the forest following our guide, each taking turns to drive the snowmobiles. The route can be challenging and the speed will vary according to the conditions. The time spent driving the snowmobiles is approximately 1 hour in total (½ hr/person, if both drive) and that time does not include a break for lunch. The distance driven in that time depends on the weather conditions and the skills of the participants. The length of the tour may be altered for safety reasons, or due to poor weather conditions.
Duration approximately 1½ hours in total including instruction and fitting of helmets, 2 persons/snowmobile, price 70€/person, single driving supplement 35€/person.

Snowmobile drivers must be aged over 15 and hold a minimum classification driving licence (eg. moped/ tractor) for the excursion to Käyrästunturi fell. People without a licence and children under 15 years can sit behind the driver of the snowmobile, but still pay the full price, unless aged 7-12, in which case participation is at ½ price. The programmes are not available for children aged under 7 years. In case of accidents with the snowmobiles, the driver is liable to pay for damages up to a maximum of 750€.

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, as wind chill needs to be taken into condsideration: e.g. -30°C plus wind chill on a snowmobile equals approx -50°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. In cases of programme cancellation due to force majeure, attempts will be made to provide an alternative programme.