Ivaloriver travel services ltd PS was founded in 2011. The family business is piloted by Ari Nissilä with 35 years of experience in the tourism industry. Ari has been working in tourism program services since the beginning of the 80's, starting from the Gold Village of Tankavaara, as a gold panning and tourist guide, hired by Kauko Launonen (Muttinen), later the gold rush continued as a professional machine digger in Hangasoja, Saariselkä gold area.
Our pilot has done various jobs in the wilderness and tourism industry since the 80`s to the present day. Work history has accumulated e.g. From Lapland Safaris as a tourist guide for almost 10 years, during which Ari has professionally guided tourists along the Arctic Ocean throughout the territory of Northern Finland.
Prior to founding the company, he worked as a teacher at the Sámi Region Training Center and as a degree manager in batch guide training.
You are our customer, we want to serve you well
In Köysivaara, embraced by the Hammastunturi wilderness, we offer year-round wilderness accommodation, program services as well as meeting and training services with programs and food services while listening to you.
We organize camp schools, as well as training in natural conditions. People of all ages, young people and even older people can internalize customized education in the field of nature. In nature studies, we can get to know plants, animals and the bedrock, for example.
The rich nature of the Ivalojoki River, the unique ecology of the Hammastunturi area and the unique soil and bedrock of the Ivalojoki- river open many new doors to nature and its learning.
We provide tourism program services, as well as nature education for local businesses, schools and colleges, and rent facilities for your use.
We rent canoes, rafting ferries and gold mining equipment.
History of sawmill cabin
The cabin of Köysivaara was built in 1956. At the time, the cabin was used as a sawmill for forest workers. in the sauna on our wall there is a small exhibition of the tools of that time.
The rental rooms in the cabin are named after the golden nugget`s of Lapland. Isommus is an 18-person hall with an additional triple room and a private entrance. The Lutikka-hall has space for 14 guests. Petronella has a double room and Täi has a one bedroom apartment with its own kitchen and entrance for 8 person.
In the atmospheric wilderness center of Köysivaara, you can feel the spirit of wild nature and spirits of old loggers and gold diggers.
"" The cabins were generally in good condition, especially in the latter years. Savotta conditions were generally satisfied. In addition to food and accommodation, the cabins had other lives. In his free time, he played sheath and whistle, listened to the radio, socialized and read loan books delivered from Rovala. - Ulvinen Tapio
Köysivaara's cabin has previously served as Metsähallitus' rental cabin, where Villi Pohjola also operated when it started operations.
The straight road to the village of Kuttura was completed in the sauna
The sauna belongs to Finnish culture and good ideas and new ideas often arise there. Did you know that President Kekkonen himself was taking a bath in our old sauna?
A representative from Kuttura village was in the sauna with Kekkonen. While taking a bath in Köysivaara, they negotiated that a good road from the Köysivaara towards the village of Kuttura should be built and with this decision Kekkonen built the road to the village of Kuttura.
This old sauna was closer to the current Kuttura road, but unfortunately it burned down. Our new sauna building was moved to the courtyard of Köysivaara, which still gives us great steam, with stories from ancient times.
The Golden River call`s you
Enriched by the ice ages, the river gravel with its gold nugget`s and jewels awaits in the river bed. Silver-sided grayling and strong-willed trout migrate in the stream. The fisherman's mind calms down to the atmosphere of a summer river. River adventures on Ferries and Canoeing trips in the Wilderness River Canoeing and ferry trips in the rugged canyons of the Ivalojoki River, in the beautiful backwaters and in the rapids are memorable.
The Tankajoki wilderness river offers you a memorable experience of a beautiful, slightly winding wilderness river. Tankajoki river is calm and suitable for leisurely and beginners.
On our day trips, we prepare delicious soup and brew pot coffee in the light of nature. During the trip, we can also stop fishing for valuable fish in Finland's cleanest waters.
Autumn is a time filled with colours
Autumn is a time of harvesting as well as autumn hikes. The sun still gives the summer heat for a while. We hike in the fells, find the last golden nuggets of summer and harvest the pure nature of Lapland. Collect berry`s, we fish and we hunt the food!
Invitation to the wilderness
The Ivalojoki Valley and the surrounding wilderness area are lined with white snow. Camouflage lasts only a moment, and there is no dark time either. The snow-white wilderness offers the opportunity for nature visits. Ski hikes to the fells or through the wilderness provide a soothing opportunity to experience silence and timelessness.
Snowshoe hikes in the surrounding area or overnight on a mountain pond create a feeling of the wilderness. When I stay in a hiking lodge and watch the northern lights, I get the feeling that I have belonged here. After a winter hike, it is nice to relax in the wilderness sauna and enjoy wild food in the Köysivaara.
The joy of spring and winter
The wilderness area of Hammastunturi exudes silence and peace of nature. The wilderness is full of the joy of living and the unique nature. Pure nature invites guests to bright snowfield`s and bright late winter nights. The streams come to life and Ivalojoki breathes a strong will into a flowing summer stream.
Sompio is a living wilderness area where nature contact is easy to reach. Sompio is far from major tourist centers and natural peace and quiet are present everywhere. We are part of the Visit Sompio living wilderness.
We work with local businesses throughout the year so we can serve you in the best possible way and meet your needs.
We are also a holiday destination for LOMALLO.
As a member of LOMALLO, you are entitled to -10 % discounts on our program services.