How to Visit Korouoma Canyon from Rovaniemi in 2024 (Frozen Waterfalls)

Do you want to visit Korouoma Canyon and see the impressive frozen waterfalls? This guide explains everything you need to know about the best Korouoma Canyon and frozen waterfalls tour departing from Rovaniemi!

In this post, you will find information about the tour in general, how to book, and what to pack! This is an easy hiking tour, although there are some complex parts. However, even the most novice hiker will not have an issue completing this tour!

If you have any questions about taking a Korouoma Canyon tour, let us know in the comments!

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Mammoth Falls frozen waterfall in Korouoma Canyon
The impressive Mammoth Falls in Korouoma Canyon

Why I booked a Rovaniemi Korouoma Canyon & Frozen Waterfalls tour

One of the tours I was most excited about taking in Rovaniemi was the Korouoma Canyon & frozen waterfalls tour. Since I didn’t have a car on this trip, I knew the best way to visit the canyon would be via a tour. In the end, I am grateful I did as the hike was more complicated than I thought it would be!

I love spending time in the Finnish forests during winter. The unbelievably clean air feels almost restorative and the pristine white snow dampens any noise. The canyon is a very popular place to visit, with locals and different tour groups all visiting the canyon en masse.

You still have a feeling of it being somewhat secluded, with each set of people taking different routes and completing their hikes at a different pace. I opted to take my Korouoma Canyon tour with Wild About Lapland, as they are by far my favorite tour provider in Rovaniemi.

They are a small company in the heart of the city with a mission for sustainability towards both the environment and tourism. Tours are limited to groups of eight people, which is perfectly manageable and keeps everyone involved.

Key tour information

Below you will find the key tour information for the Korouoma Canyon & Frozen Waterfalls tour.

  • Provider: Wild About Lapland
  • Address: Rovakatu 24, 96100 Rovaniemi
  • Tour length: 7 Hours
  • Language: English
  • Pick-up: Yes, free within 10 KM (6.21 mi) of Rovaniemi. Pick-up is not available for those staying in the city center
  • Booking period: November – April

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View out over Korouoma Canyon
Admiring the view over the canyon

How to book the Korouoma Canyon & frozen waterfalls from Rovaniemi

Booking the Korouoma Canyon with frozen waterfalls tour could not be easier! I use Get Your Guide for booking the majority of my tours as I find the process simple and stress-free! They offer an incredible range of tours and you can easily book one or more tours at once.

The tour is available from November until the middle of April. I would recommend taking the tour later in the season when the days are longer and the frozen waterfalls have had their chance to reach their maximum size.

To book the tour, select the number of people that will join and the desired date. You will then need to choose a starting time of 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. If there are not enough people for your chosen time slot, you will be merged with the other group. Once you have filled out this initial information, simply add the tour to your basket.

You can choose to continue shopping for other tours or proceed to checkout at this point.

Frozen waterfall on the side of the canyon
A waterfall suspended in time

At this point, you have the choice between two booking options: one that allows you to cancel up to 1 hour before the tour and the other up to 24 hours before the tour.

It is up to you which you choose, but the short-notice cancellation option costs more. Once you have selected your cancellation period, you will need to fill in your details, including a pick-up location.

If you are staying in the city center, you will need to make your own way to the Wild About Lapland office. Some locations, such as Apukka Resort, are outside of the free pick-up range and there might be an additional cost.

You will be provided an actual pick-up time by email closer to the time of your tour.

Walking through the forest
Walking along the snowy path through Korouoma Canyon

On the following page, you will have the option to pay now or pay later. This flexibility allows you to space out when you pay for all of your tours.

Following this, you will need to choose your payment method. Credit and debit cards are accepted, as well as PayPal. Once you have completed the form, you will be sent an email confirming your booking. At a later point, Wild About Lapland will contact you with further details or any changes.

Where to meet on the morning of the Korouoma Canyon tour

The meeting point depends if you are being picked up or not. For those staying in the city center, you will need to meet at the Wild About Lapland office, Rovakatu 24, 96100 Rovaniemi.

Those being picked up should wait outside their accommodation just before their confirmed pick-up time. It is important to be ready on time as otherwise, you will delay the tour for everyone else.

Once you have been picked up, you will be driven back to the Wild About Lapland office, where you will meet up with the rest of your group. When everyone has arrived you will be fitted for snow suits and boots if required.

After this, you will be ready to start your Korouoma Canyon and frozen waterfall tour!

One of the frozen waterfalls
One of the amazing frozen waterfalls

My experience and highlights from the Korouoma Canyon and Frozen Waterfalls tour

Once everyone is together and changed you will start the drive to Korouoma Canyon. The canyon is about 100 km (62.14 mi) away from Rovaniemi.

During the ride, the guide will tell you about the various sights you’ll see from the windows, life in the Arctic, and the best ways to enjoy Rovaniemi in winter.

Once you reach the canyon, you will start the 5 km (3.11 mi) hike. The walk will take you down through the canyon and back up to the starting point in a loop.

The tour lasts for around 7 hours in total, including transportation to and from Rovaniemi. At the start of the hike where the cars are parked, you will find public toilets, which I recommend using before heading down into the canyon!

The entrance to the canyon
The starting point of the hike!

I loved everything about this hike, but below I have detailed some of my highlights from the Korouoma Canyon and frozen waterfall tour.

The forest

The canyon sits amongst the boreal forest and it creates an incredibly peaceful atmosphere. In the forest, you will find a mixture of birch and pine trees that fill it with a beautiful aroma, especially if you visit closer to the start of spring.

The trees in the depths of winter are often ladened with snow, creating the incredible popcorn look that Lapland is famous for. Through gaps in the forest, you will get your first glimpses of the frozen waterfalls as you work your way down to the base of the canyon.

Keep an eye out for wildlife in the canyon, with various creatures calling the forests home, including brilliant white mountain hares. I also found the tree-lined route on the way back to the starting point one of my favorite parts of the whole walk, as it felt like we were walking through a true winter wonderland.

Moss on the trees
Moss growing on the trees is a sign of clean air!

Frozen waterfalls on the sides of Korouoma Canyon

The canyon is full of frozen waterfalls of various sizes that gradually form as the temperatures start to drop below freezing. During the summer months, the waterfalls are barely noticeable, but by the time the ice has built up, they are absolutely huge!

I found the most stunning of the waterfalls to be Mammuttiputous (Mammoth Falls). This is the largest of the three waterfalls and is an insane blue color, compared to the other two which are more muddy brown.

One of the coolest things I saw was people ice climbing on the waterfalls! However, this should only be done by professionals or as part of a tour. On this tour, you are limited with how close you can get to the waterfalls as there is a risk of the ice falling.

Your guide will stop at the best spots to view the waterfalls and for photo opportunities. The guides are always happy to take photographs of you along the route and in front of the waterfalls!

Ice climbers on a waterfall
Ice climbers on a waterfall

Learning Wilderness Skills

Along the route, your guide will teach you about the forest and things that can be found on the ground that can help you survive in the Arctic wilderness. For example, our guide taught us how dried old man’s beard moss is great for lighting fires.

One of the things I found most interesting was how the guide showed us the growths on trees that are used in traditional Finnish crafts like the kuksa, a type of wooden cup you will see everywhere in Finland.

Toward the end of the tour, we stopped at the BBQ spot at the base of the canyon to cook some food. Our tour guide showed us how to build a wood fire that will light quickly and burn in the perfect way to cook food.

Guide preparing the fire for a bbq
Learning how to build the perfect fire for cooking!

The natural slides

Along the route, there are challenging icy sections which I found incredibly difficult, as I was very concerned about falling over. Thankfully, some of these can be avoided using natural slides that will quickly take you to the bottom of that section!

Your guide will let you know which slides are safe to use. For example, the first icy part on the way down will need to be navigated as using one of the natural slides is far too dangerous.

Our guide even told us a horror story about a woman who decided to slide down the hill and broke her leg. There is another spot where you need to watch out for the trees that line the slide. I unfortunately did not heed the warnings and caught my foot on the way down, which really hurt.

Despite hurting myself, I would still choose to do the natural slides every time over the icy parts, especially if I don’t have ice grips with me again.

A natural slide going down the canyon
The beginning of one of the many natural slides

Who can’t take this Rovaniemi Korouoma Canyon with frozen waterfalls tour

This tour is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues as it involves a fair bit of walking. The hike itself is not too strenuous and is done very slowly with plenty of stops. The hardest part for some people was the way back to the starting point, which was a bit of an uphill march.

On the way down into the canyon, there are some very challenging icy sections that in my opinion, should only be done with ice grips. Your guide will teach you how to navigate them without ice grips, but you need to be confident on ice.

Old mans beard hanging from a tree
Old man’s beard moss hanging from a tree… it’s great for lighting a fire!

What to bring on your tour

First, make sure you wear the right clothing for your tour. Layers are important as you will want to be able to remove them if you start getting too warm. Wild About Lapland provides snow suits and boots that will keep you very warm during the tour. When I took the tour, the weather was warm enough that I was comfortable in my own clothes.

I would definitely bring my ice spikes with me next time to help with the more challenging sections. The tour provider will also have some you can use if needed. However, I think it’s a great idea to have your own set as they are very useful for giving you confidence when walking on ice anywhere in the Arctic.

Walking through the bottom of the canyon
Wading through the snow at the bottom of Korouoma Canyon

You should also make sure you have a camera with you as the canyon is truly stunning with plenty of great photo opportunities!

I advise bringing some water with you as hiking can be hard work! However, I don’t think you need to bring food with you as the tour provider will bring food to grill. Our guide also bought some chocolate for the journey!

If you have dietary restrictions, you should inform Wild About Lapland at least a day before your tour is due to leave. Do you have any questions before booking the Korouoma Canyon with frozen waterfalls tour? Let us know if you have any about taking the Korouoma Canyon & frozen waterfalls tour from Rovaniemi in the comments!

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