Northern Lights over snow-crowned trees in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo | Maria Mikkonen
Swimming at sunset in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Visit Finland | Harri Tarvainen

Ruka & Kuusamo - Follow the Coordinates to Snow & Nature

Ruka & Kuusamo host multiple international sports competitions every year.

Bear’s Trail (Karhunkierros) is Finland’s most popular hiking trail.

Ruka & Kuusamo is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of Arctic wildlife.

Ruka Ski Resort & Kuusamo’s holiday homes are perfect basecamps for wilderness adventures & Arctic fun, with snow underfoot or Midnight Sun overhead. Follow the coordinates!

Your breath comes out in clouds as you come to a stop in the deep snow atop the tall hill. There are no trees up here to break your vision, and the grandeur of the valleys and Finland’s southernmost fells roll away in every direction. This is Ruka and Kuusamo: thrilling ski slopes, endless cross-country skiing trails and dramatic, pure wilderness. Best of all, you never have to stray far from the resort comforts and conveniences that make your holiday great.

Ruka Ski Resort in Finnish Lapland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo
Overlook in Oulanka National Park in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo
Watching brown bears in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo

ABOUT RUKA & KUUSAMO

The Ruka and Kuusamo area gets the most snow in all of Finland, a country well-known for its snow. As a result, Ruka Ski Resort and nearby Oulanka National Park are genuine winter wonderlands, full of fluffy snow and excitement.

The ski season lasts more than 200 days, and the the carbon-neutral Ruka Ski Resort is the perfect place to test your skills on the slopes–all 35 of them. With 22 ski lifts operating 10 hours a day, Ruka Ski Resort offers challenges for every level, from families and first-timers to the pros. Or lock onto a snowboard and try out the pipes. Just don’t forget your GoPro!

In addition to slopes and pipes, you can discover so much in the authentic Scandinavian wilderness around Ruka. Cross-country skiing trails and snowmobile tracks thread throughout the region, connecting all the villages and towns while leading to stunning silent wilderness locales. Fatbikes also offer a way to get your heart pumping while you traverse the trails and head up the fells, even in midwinter.

Just because the snow lasts 200 days a year doesn’t mean summer isn’t a blast! The natural offerings around Ruka and Kuusamo are unparalleled. Take a hiking tour through the Oulanka National Park or try your stamina on the 80 kilometer Bear’s Trail (Karhunkierros), Finland’s most popular hiking trail. When you see the stunning canyon vistas and traverse the dense old forest, you’ll understand why. The region is home to abundant wildlife, such as reindeer and elk. You might even catch a glimpse of Finland’s national animal on a bear-watching trip.

When you see the stunning canyon vistas and traverse the dense old forest, you’ll understand why. The region is home to abundant wildlife, such as reindeer and elk. You might even catch a glimpse of Finland’s national animal on a bear-watching trip.

THINGS TO DO IN RUKA & KUUSAMO

Forest skiing in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo
Snowboarding in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Visit Finland | Harri Tarvainen
Winter pond in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo
Canoeing in autumn in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Lapland Material Bank | Eeva Mäkinen
Oulanka National Park in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo | Harri Tarvainen
Biking in the summer in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo
Wellbeing & sauna in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo
Ice-swimming in Ruka-Kuusamo
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo | Harri Tarvainen

Sustainable Ruka & Kuusamo

The carbon neutral ski resort is only the beginning. Several companies and organizations in Ruka & Kuusamo have earned the Sustainable Travel Finland label. Learn more about Ruka & Kuusamo’s commitment to responsible travel.

PLAN YOUR STAY IN RUKA & KUUSAMO

Your holiday shouldn’t be an itemized agenda: experience this, eat that, enjoy this, expensive that. Your mind and your body need time to relax, to breathe in the purest air in Europe and exhale all the little problems and stresses that eat up so much of your time and energy.

Dining in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo
Dining in Ruka-Kuusamo, Finland
Photo by: Ruka-Kuusamo

TRAVELING TO RUKA & KUUSAMO

How to get here

Getting to Ruka and Kuusamo is easy! Kuusamo Airport has daily connections to Helsinki, as well as seasonal direct flights to Europe. The airport is only 30 minutes from Ruka village. Both Rovaniemi and Oulu airports are about 3 hours by car, and Ruka and Kuusamo are along Highway E63.

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