We are family-owned business established in 1889 and run by the third generation, the oldest tourism business in the Rovaniemi region. Here you can get away from the crowds and see how much fun dog sledding can be in genuine Lapland! During this personalized experience you can learn how to drive your own team of dogs in small groups of max six participants. The closer we are to Christmas, the darker it will be, and as we set off into the night, we might even be lucky enough to see the northern lights overhead.
We start by getting winter overalls and boots for anybody needing them. Head torches will be provided for those driving the sleds if you don't have your own. Then it's time for your driving lesson. We'll teach the necessary driving skills and then set off with our beautiful Siberian huskies for an exciting drive through the forest, following the guide's team, without snowmobiles spoiling the magic. Participants travel in pairs, each taking turns to drive and ride in the sled. After the run, you can cuddle and pet the dogs. Then we'll take you for a kennel tour where we explain how we care for the dogs and ensure their well-being. Sometimes we'll do the kennel tour before the run instead of afterwards. We finish off with a warm drink and cookies in our old, traditional house.
The route is approximately 4½ km long and suitable for beginners. It still requires good balance, quick reactions and strength and you will need to run up small hills. The dogs are usually excited at the start and quiet once they are running. The time spent sledding depends on the speed the dogs run. This will vary according to the snow and weather conditions. Our dogs usually run at speeds that range between 10km/h and 20km/h, however, in the right conditions they can sprint for some parts of the route at around 30km/h. On avarage, the driving time is approx. 25 minutes.
Children under 15 years ride in the sled driven by a parent or member of staff. Children aged from 15 years may be able to drive a sled by themselves, at the discretion of the guide. The tours are not suitable for children under 2 years.
4 km sledding with a guide, driving lesson, kennel tour, winter overalls and boots, and a warm drink
You should dress in warm winter clothing, including gloves, mittens, hats and scarves. The winter overall we supply can be pulled over all of your own clothes.
For more information, please visit www.korvala.com
This tour takes place at dusk and it will gradually get darker as the night draws in.
You can reach us best by car but it is possible to use the local bus service from and back to Rovaniemi to get here. Please take the bus from platform 3. The 60 km journey takes approx. 45-60 mins and picks up passengers along the way. There is only a limited service over the Christmas-New Year period and during other public holidays, so please check their timetables before booking. Please search for buses from Rovaniemi or Sodankylä to Tiainen, then when you are on the bus, ask the driver to drop you off at Korvala. The timetables can be found here or here.
It is possible to add lunch to this booking at the checkout. Our hearty lunch, comprising of Lapland's famous reindeer soup and rye bread, followed by a wild berry sponge cake and served in our beautiful traditional restaurant, is available between 12:30 and 13:30.
The temperature limit for our programmes is usually around -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 from velocity needs to be considered: e.g. -25°C with wind chill is equivalent to approx -40°C, where exposed flesh can freeze within two minutes, so proper clothing is paramount (eg. winter boots, hats, scarves and mittens, with gloves inside the mittens). This activity is not suitable for children under two years.
When temperatures drop below -30°C, the cold also affects the welfare of the dogs, so this will always be taken into consideration.
A booked activity may be cancelled or 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.
This trip coincides with the local bus service but does not include the bus fare. The northbound buses leave Rovaniemi bus station from platform 3. The timetables can be found here. Please search for buses to Tiainen, then when you are on the bus, ask the driver to drop you off at Korvala.
Meeting point : Korvalan Kestikievari Oy