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Kuusamo, Finland

Every visit to Ruka and Kuusamo is the beginning of a new adventure, where unique experiences come to life to the rhythm of the changing seasons. Many who have experienced the magic of one winter or summer holiday here are already planning their next escape into Kuusamo’s thrilling wilderness.
Ruka is full of winter fun and lappish experiences. Enjoy well maintained slopes, efficient ski lifts and stunning views. The ski season lasts more than 200 days. The multifaceted ski area is suited for children, adults, beginners and experts.

With the largest beginner area in the country and a huge selection of activities, Ruka is perfect for families. Ruka has been awarded the title of Finland’s best ski resort and it is easy to see why. The skiing is excellent, the car-free village is attractive and the resort has an unmistakeable character.

In Ruka centre, located at the base of the main slopes and you’ll find bars, restaurants and good quality hotels within a stone’s throw of the lifts. There’s plenty of life to it throughout but it’s welcoming at all times. Just outside the village centre are traditional log cabins, with wood fires and private saunas.

The slopes are quiet - even late in the afternoon you can take your pick of freshly-groomed runs - and the lifts stay open late. This means you don’t have to take a day off from skiing if you want to try other activities.

For the more adventurous skier or snowboarder, there are three parks, a superpipe and a freestyle centre - used for the Freestyle World Championships in 2005. When you need a break, head to one of the wooden huts around the slopes and warm up in front of an open fire.

As well as the skiing, most people visit Ruka for the additional activities - you can take your pick from a long list. Finland is the home of Santa and a visit to his secret cottage is a must. Other popular activities include dog sledding, snowmobiling and reindeer sleigh rides. All the activities start in the village centre and you get your thermal suits and boots thrown in. There are activity packs that include a selection of our most popular activities, or you can mix and match to create your perfect holiday.

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