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E.g., 24.10.2017
Ruka Holiday store
Summer in Ruka and Kuusamo is full of adventures. Rafting, canoeing, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding and lots of other activities are waiting for you!

Ruka Holiday store
Flight, train, bus...

Flight to Kuusamo or train to Oulu now under 130 € return.

Ruka Holiday store
Offers & Packages

Package deals and offers for the whole Ruka-Kuusamo area - book now!

Ruka Holiday store
Tickets to the best night clubs!

The top Finnish artists and the best party in the nights clubs of Ruka village.

Ruka Holiday store
Ski Passes
Buy your skipass online and save money.

Family ski pass: 30 % additional discount for the children!


Sauna, Ice pools & Saunatour

For Finns, the sauna has always been the place to bathe, and is an integral part of Finnish homes. There are all kinds of saunas, and the smoke sauna is the most traditional. Almost all holiday homes have electric saunas, and sauna crazy Finns have built saunas everywhere, even in a car!


In Kuusamo you have the opportunity to bathe in saunas in the most extraordinary places. The Sauna Tour weekly programme offers a variety of nine unique saunas. You get to experience the gentle steam of the smoke sauna, an exotic ice sauna or even a sauna bus. 

Sauna has always been considered the source of energy and health in Finland. When some studies say that sauna is a health risk, Finns find the conclusion rather amusing. An old Finnish adage says an ailment only to be deadly if liquor, tar, and sauna cannot cure it. 

Sauna should be heated suitably, not too hot. Water is thrown on the hot stones to get nice humid warmth ("löyly" in Finnish). Löyly can be boosted by using a "vasta" made of birch tree twigs, for a gentle whipping. After warm löyly you can cool down sitting on the porch, or take a refreshing dip in icy water. Swimming in icy water is good for blood circulation. We warmly recommend it and welcome you to enjoy the Finnish sauna culture!

Certified saunas in Ruka-Kuusamo

Authentic Finnish Sauna Experience quality certificate is awarded to the best sauna experiences in Finland based on cleanliness, engagement of multiple sense, authenticity and relaxation. 

Certified sauna services in Ruka-Kuusamo:
Ruka Safaris Oy/ Iisakki Village
Nordic Holiday Services Oy/ Pohjolan pirtti
Isokenkäisten klubi
Rukan Salonki / HiTech Smoke Sauna

Seita Forest Spa - Three Saunas
Enjoy an experience of three different saunas, and a meal and drinks by the fireplace
595€ / Group
Pohjolan Pirtti, sauna, ravintola
Finnish country side evening with family
Enjoy the traditional saunas and dinner at Pohjolan Pirtti.
125€ / Adult
Rukan Salonki Ice Sauna, sauna experiences and sauna therapy treatments
Hitec-smoke sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi
Welcome to enjoy the gentle warmth of our Hi-tec Smoke Sauna.
Seven star smoke sauna and winter swimming
The gentle warmth and scent of our Smoke Sauna leaves you with an ever-lasting memory.
70€ / Person
saunatour Ruka Kuusamo Finland
SaunaTour - Finnish sauna experience & Wild food dinner
Finnish sauna experience & Wild food dinner
110€ / Person
Product name Price Duration Company Season
Hitec-smoke sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi 3 h 15.07.2016 - 31.10.2017
Seven star smoke sauna and winter swimming 70€ / Person 2 h 30 min 01.11.2016 - 01.11.2017
Seita Forest Spa - Three Saunas 595€ / Group 3 h 01.12.2016 - 31.12.2017
Finnish country side evening with family 125€ / Adult 5 h 01.11.2017 - 15.04.2018
SaunaTour - Finnish sauna experience & Wild food dinner Book online 110€ / Person 5 h 01.12.2017 - 26.03.2018

Outdoor winter swimming

Swimming in a hole carved in the ice could be called somewhat crazy, but a lot of Finns rely on this habit as a source of health during the winter. Many of them think swimming in a lake during the summer feels too warm! Some people combine sauna and winter swimming, whereas others think the heat difference is too big and the heat "destroys" the good influences and exhilarating feeling after having been in the cold water. Most people wear a hat, gloves and some kinds of shoes or socks to prevent the extremities from getting too cold. 
Some people may experience health risks especially when moving quickly from sauna to the cold water: patients with various diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma or skin disease. These people should pay attention to the way they bathe or avoid winter swimming and very hot saunas.

Ice pools at Ruka: Salonkijärvi (Rukan Salonki), Talvijärvi (Rukatonttu) and Rukajärvi (Ruka Safaris/Iisakki Village).