White slopes, unspoiled nature and plenty of action: Ruka-Kuusamo is one of the most popular ski and holiday resorts in Finland. In addition to some 40 ski slopes in the Ruka ski resort, there is a whole range of other sporting attractions. We present you with nine varied offers to turn your winter holidays in Finnish Lapland into an unforgettable experience.
Freestyle at Ruka Park
If you need a short break from skiing on the 39 slopes in Ruka, try your hand at daredevil feats at Ruka Battery Park. The park is Finland’s most popular snow park for all freestyle skiing and snowboarding fans. Jump and jib to your heart’s content on mini pipes, boxes and rails on four slopes of varying levels of difficulty. The park is regularly redesigned with new obstacles during the season to add variety.
As far as the skis take you...
If you prefer a more leisurely pace, glide through Finland’s enchanted nature while cross-country skiing. The Ruka-Kuusamo ski resort boasts a wide range of trails with excellent conditions for this Nordic sport. Let young children join in the fun too - hire all the sledges and equipment you need at Ruka ski resort. One highlight are the many cosy cafés along the routes, inviting you to take a breather with warm cocoa and cinnamon buns.
Cycling on the snow? You can do that on fatbikes with oversized tyres that provide a secure grip even on the icy paths of Lapland. Throughout the Ruka-Kuusamo region, there are many expert and friendly bike rental shops where you can rent bikes or join guided tours. A truly unique way for you to explore the vast landscape around Ruka and get some exercise at the same time. If you prefer to take things a little easier, you could opt for an e-fat bike with its electric assistance.
Family fun with sledges & sausages
The Rosa & Rudolf Family Park at Ruka Ski Resort is ideal for the first attempts at skiing and sledging. The easy slopes are perfect for practising and falling down and getting up again and again - and instead of a conventional lift, there is a “magic carpet” that brings the children back up the hill with ease. The whole family can have a snack in the nearby break room or grill a few sausages on the sun terrace. Helmets, sledges and tubes can be rented out on site.
Visit the reindeers
If you want to feel like Santa Claus for once in your life, you should visit one of the reindeer farms in the region. Here you can find out everything about herd farming, the legendary reindeer milk (you may even be able to try your hand at milking) and the art of riding a reindeer sleigh. Friendly Finns will be happy to help you get your reindeer driving licence. Some farmsteads also offer ice fishing in parallel, together with appropriate equipment and clothing. Rainbow trout, grayling, whitefish and pike inhabit the local ponds.
- Header - Photo by adamikarl on Adobe Stock
- Paragraph 1 - Photo by Juha Laine on Visit Finland
- Paragraph 2 - Photo by Juha Laine on Visit Finland
- Paragraph 2 - Photo by MWiklik on Shutterstock
- Paragraph 3 - Photo by stockstudioX on Getty
- Paragraph 4 - Photos by Roll Outdoors on Visit Finland
- Paragraph 5 - Photo by Salla Karhumaa on ruke.fi
- Paragraph 6 - Photo by Juho Kuva on Visit Finland
- Paragraph 6 - Photo by ArtBBNV on Shutterstock
- Paragraph 7 - Photos by Mikko Nikkinen on Visit Finland
- Paragraph 8 - Photos by Juho Kuva on Visit Finland
- Paragraph 9 - Photo by Juho Kuva on Visit Finland