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.

Summer



Korvala, along with its surrounding village, unspoilt nature and traditional local culture provides a distinctive setting for many types of recreation. Hiking, mountain biking and canoeing provide opportunities to admire and be delighted by the rare beauty of our natural landscapes. All hiking tours are designed to be relatively easy and only normal fitness is needed.


Hiking with Huskies 
On cool summer evenings or on crisp autumn days we take our huskies out hiking. If you would like to join us, we'll supply the equipment needed. All you need are your hiking boots and own appropriate outdoor clothing. The dogs are very strong so this is hiking with a difference - they take you for the walk! It can be very intensive at the start and you will use muscles you didn't know you had! Each adult participant can take one husky for a walk and children can walk or run alongside. After the hike we'll go for a tour around the kennel.
Duration approximately 1 hour, including instuction on how use the equipment, 45€/adult. Children can participate for free.


Other walks/hikes
Our walking trails are grade A and experience is not necessary at this level: anyone who is in good health and fit enough to enjoy a good hill walk can manage a grade A. Please remember that it is impossible to be absolutely precise about how hard a walk may be, as there may be many contributory factors: weather and trail conditions, level of fitness, weight of rucksack if carrying drinks or food provisions, etc. The walks always involve some exertion: trails are seldom flat, and you must expect to have a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. The walks are from 1 to 7 hours in duration and at a low altitude, rising to a maximum of 350 metres above sea-level, 200 metres above Korvala. There are no other services along the route. Maps are available from reception.



Fishing
For those interested in fishing, there are two lakes and two river frontages to choose from at Korvala all within easy walking distance. The large and small Korvala lakes have a combined surface area of 11 ha and shoreline of 2 km, which is partly sandy and partly covered by peat bog, with duckboards and benches to make access and casting easier. They have an average depth of 5 metres, with the deepest point at 15 m. Fishing is also possible along a one kilometre stretch of Säynäjäjoki River or with the Forestry Commission’s licence for Raudanjoki River. The fish variety includes trout, char, powan, grayling, perch and pike. 

Birdwatching
While the lakes and rivers also offer the opportunity for canoeing and rowing, the forest paths lead the walker or hiker to beautiful spots in the wilderness, ideal for bird-watching and nature photography. The best bird-watching months are May–June and September–October. 

Siberian jay, brambling, redpoll, warblers and both spotted and pied fly-catchers are common, while european golden plover, lapland bunting, and birds of prey may be seen in the surrounding fields. The top species observations include caspian plover, pallid harrier, lesser grey shrike, common stonechat, great snipe, red knot, sanderling, and curlew sandpiper. Also whimbrel, ruff, greenshank, spotted redshank and some wood sandpipers (among other broad-billed sandpipers) are typical mire birds of Lapland, as well as meadow pipit, yellow wagtail, reed bunting, lapland bunting, crane, whooper swan and bean goose. Around brooks there are dippers, and around the lakes and rivers there are teal, pintail, wigeon, red-throated diver, black-throated diver and red-breasted merganser. Bigger birds of our taiga forest include capercaillie, black grouse, willow grouse, ptarmigan, hawk, golden eagle, and various owls.