The Korouoma Canyon is a fracture valley and nature reserve located in the municipality of Posio. The highlight of the 30-kilometer valley is its midpoint, where the canyon reaches its deepest point of 130 meters. Korouoma offers untouched Arctic wilderness and scenic views at both the top and bottom of the canyon.
Korouoma is known for the 14 frozen waterfalls that decorate the walls of the canyon for the better part of the year. Once the temperature drops below zero degrees celcius in late fall, the formations begin to take their shape as the small streams running along the cliffsides turn to ice. The area is a popular spot for ice climbing.
In summer, Korouoma is home to many a flora and about 60 species of wildlife. The steep, rugged cliffs are a sight to behold, and River Korojoki enriches the lands by meandering at the bottom of the canyon.
There are a handful of hotels and inns in the area, as well as a couple of travel centers that are suitable for accommodating even a larger crew. In addition, Posio offers plenty of rental cabins all over the 3500 km² municipality.
Restaurants & Catering
There are a handful of cafés and restaurants in the Posio area, including à la carte restaurants, some of which also serve lunch. Most of them are open year-round, but some operate during only during the summer, which is the peak season for tourism in the area.
Some local businesses also offer catering services.
Some additional local services that may be useful when filming in the Korouoma area include:
- Snowmobile rentals
- Ice climbing services
- Snowshoe and other snow equipment rentals
- Transportation services
- Guide services
Lapland is the most connected wilderness in the Arctic. Thanks to its five airports, vast and well-maintained road network and efficient public transportation, getting around is effortless throughout the year.
The nearest airports are in Rovaniemi (1 h 30 min by car) and Kuusamo (1 h 15 min). The Rovaniemi International Airport offers daily connections to Helsinki and other European cities around the year, and there are connections to some Asian cities during the winter season.
You can travel to Posio by bus. For example, there are daily bus lines to the municipality from Rovaniemi and Kuusamo. For timetables and tickets for buses, visit Matkahuolto.
As all of Lapland, Korouoma is easy to reach by car. If you opt for a rental car, the film-friendly services of ScanCar are available across the region.
Crew, Studios & Filming Equipment
Production service companies that operate across Lapland:
Angel Films offers equipment rentals for productions in Lapland. The company also owns sound stages in Helsinki.
Thanks to the Finnish concept of Everyman’s Right, most of the Lapland nature is free to film in. In the case of Korouoma, this means that if your production is on a smaller scale and does not cause disturbance to the nature, there is a chance you may not need to worry about permits at all. But if you’re unsure, it’s always best to ask.
The Korouoma Nature Reserve is managed by Metsähallitus (Parks & Wildlife Finland), and permits are required for off-road traffic and any temporary structures. Metsähallitus handles filming and permit applications on a case by case basis. For more information, please see their instructions for permits for film production in state-owned areas in Finland.
Film Lapland does not issue permits, but we’re more than happy to help you determine whether you need one and with the permit process, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.