Ruka - the best in the world for families

Ruka is a great place to visit as a family. We have worked hard to ensure that Ruka offers the perfect holiday for children as well as adults. Our Weekly Programme offers lots of activities for families, even free of charge. 

Bring your family to Ruka

Most hotels in Ruka and Kuusamo feature spacious family rooms fully equipped for a comfortable stay. You can also rent apartments in a cosy cottage or an individual chalet. Many restaurants offer a children’s menu and play area. The Kumpare shopping centre has a play room for families.

Most winter adventures and summer programmes are available for whole families. In the summertime our little guests can enjoy a variety of hiking routes that are both safe and exciting, as well as a husky farm and bicycle tours. In winter children love to visit the reindeer farm, ride a horse and even go on a winter safari (minimum age for a safari is 5 years old). And don’t forget to visit Santa Claus!

Winter fun for families with children

Weeks 7-11 are special holiday weeks for Finnish families. This means there's plenty of special programme for kids of all ages available in Ruka area and all around Kuusamo. 

Ski areas for children and beginners

Ruka ski resort is designed so that the families have a successful snow holiday. Ruka has own ski areas for children and beginners. There are two ski areas in Ruka for children: wide Rosa & Rudolf Snow Park as well as Kaltiolampi Snow Park next to Ruka village. In addition there are sled slopes in Ruka East at the lower part of the Snow Park and at Masto slopes as well as on the side of Ruka village next to the Kaltiolampi pond. The free of charge weekly slope programme has plenty of activities for everyone! Outdoors playground is located in Ruka village and downstairs of Shopping Centre Kumpare there are Kumpare Adventure House and Bowling alley for indoors activities.

Children under 6 years old ski for free with a helmet on!

It’s good to keep helmet on when skiing and children under 6 years old ski for free when accompanied with an adult. Parents should ask for a Rosa&Rudolf ski pass when they’re buying their own ski passes from the ski pass sales point. Children aged 6-11 years also get a good discount on their ski passes. Check out our ski pass prices.

Child care in Ruka-Kuusamo

You can book child care to your cottage/apartment by Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) online or by calling tel. 358 45 121 5562 (phone bookings available on Tue, Wed, Thu at 9 am - 1 pm).


Variation of hiking routes in Oulanka National Park, river rafting, Ruka Summer Sled Track and other interesting places invite you to visit Kuusamo also during the summer. Ruka village is an easy central point of your holiday.