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Cross-country Skiing at Ruka-Kuusamo

The possibilities for cross-country skiing in Kuusamo are excellent. Ski trails are available for all skiers for free. The total length of cross-country ski trails is 169,5 km, of which 33,5 km are illuminated (at Ruka area: 88,5 km, of which 16 km illuminated). Northern Finland is one the most exceptional places on earth for cross-country skiing.

First snow ski track is located near Kuusamo centre at Petäjäkangas area. Saarua lit trail (12 km) at Ruka will be opened on natural snow as soon as there is enough snow. Other ski tracks will be opened according to snow conditions. 

Ski trail maintenance schedule

Ski trails in Ruka area: Saarua Lit Trail, Ruka Ring Route, Vuosseli Route Ski trails, Valtavaara Route, Talvijärvi Dog Trail Ski trails, Pyhävaara Route, Kuontivaara Route (dog trail), Ski Stadium Trails Ski trails: 
Ski trails are maintained within 12 hours after snowfall and daily during 20.2.-15.4. Saarua Lit Trail, Ruka Ring Route and Ruka Ski Stadium 5 km track will be maintained daily during 20.12-6.1; Ruka Ring Route twice a day during snowfall (in the morning and afternoon). Other routes will be maintained usually on Thursday or Friday. In case of a snowfall the trails will be maintained after the snowfall has ended.

Alakylä Ski Trail will be maintained when needed 4-5 times per week, within 12 hours after snowfall. 

Ski trail café opening hours (18.4.2016)

Cafe owners: please send your opening hours to sari.kumpuniemi (at) rukakuusamo.fi or call Sari Kumpuniemi/Ruka-Kuusamo Tourist Association, tel +358 40 5600 067. We reserve the right for changes in opening hours.
 
Ski trail cafe Ski route & opening hours Website & Facebook

REINDEER FARM & CAFE LAMMINTUPA
Ski trail: Vuosseli
Open: Closed for ski season 2015-2016.
Tel: +358 
40 755 4723

Lammintupa.fi

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Uuttusuon Taukomaja, maastohiihto, ladut, hiihto, murtsikka, Ruka, Kuusamo

UUTTUSUON TAUKOMAJA
Ski trail: Vuosseli, Saarua, Ruka Round Route
Open: Closed for ski season 2015-2016.
Tel: +358 50 5332 934

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KORPIKAHVILA
Ski trail: Vuosseli
Open: Closed for ski season 2015-2016.
Tel: +358 50 567 1788

Korpikahvila.fi

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Rukan Salonki chalets, saunas and Restaurant Kultala

KULTALA (Rukan Salonki)
Ski trail: Connecting trail Kivilampi - Kuontivaara
Open: Closed for ski season 2015-2016.
Tel: +358 40 564 0937

Rukansalonki.fi

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Tykkylumipuita, Ruka-Kuusamo, Lappi, Suomi

KUONTIVAARAN LATUKAHVILA
Ski trail: Kuontivaara
Open: Closed for ski season 2015-2016.
Tel: +358 400 281 024

 
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VIIPUKSEN KOTA
Ski trail: Alakylä
Open: Closed for ski season 2015-2016.
Tel: +358 40 5866 251/Aikkila

 
Kitka river below Myllykoski rapid in winter, Ruka-Kuusamo, Lapland, Finland

BASECAMP OULANKA
Ski trail: Oulanka wilderness trail
Open: Tue-Sat at 10-16, Sun-Mon closed.
Tel: +358 400 50974

Basecampoulanka.fi

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Iivaara, maastohiihto, erämaalatu, perinteinen latu, perinteisen hiihto, ruka, kuusamo

IIVAARAN ERÄKARTANO
Ski trail: Iivaara
Open: Closed for ski season 2015-2016.
Tel: +358 40 359 0212

Iivaara.fi

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CAFÉS AT RUKA VILLAGE AND ON THE SLOPES
Ruka village: Restaurant Piste, KarhuBar (Rukahovi), Cafe Kamu
Ruka slopes: RukaTonttu, Royal Ruka, Ruka Peak, Ski Bistro, SkiBooster, Monomesta 

Slopeside restaurants & cafes

Ruka village

 

SERVICES CONNECTED TO CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

Ski trail maintenance info online
Free of charge, available online for all guests!
0€ / Person
Ski trail map
Available free of charge!
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Rent cross country skis from Piste or VuosselinPortti Rental Shop!
26€ / Person

SKI TRAILS AT RUKA AND KUUSAMO

Ski tracks & maintenace online Ruka Ski Trail Map PDF Kuusamo Ski Trail Map PDF

Ski trail maps (i.e. Ruka-Kuusamo Traveller's Maps) are available for free at Kuusamo Info, Ruka Info and hotel receptions.

RUKA - LIT SKI TRAILS (lights are on during 7-9 a.m. and in the evening until 9 p.m.)

TRAIL DIFFICULTY LENGTH ROUTE OPEN STYLE NOTE
Saarua lit trail Medium difficulty 12 km Kaltiolampi–Uuttusuo–Saarua–Uuttusuo–Kaltiolampi Whole season Nordic and Skating The first to be opened with the first snowfall, open throughout the season, suitable for traditional and skating styles
Ski Stadium trails Difficult 5 km Ski stadiumk trails 5 km, 7,5 km and 10 km, of which 5 km is lit. Whole season Nordic and Skating During 20.2.–30.4. also 7,5 km and 10 km. Access to Ruka village with Talvijärvi lift*
Ruka Ring Route Difficult 9 km Kaltiolampi–Uuttusuo–Saarua–Ski Stadium trails.  Whole season Nordic and Skating The trail is skied one way Saaruan Tupa–Ski Stadium. Access to Ruka village with Talvijärvi lift*

RUKA - OTHER SKI TRAILS

TRAIL DIFFICULTY LENGTH ROUTE OPEN STYLE NOTE
Talvijärvi Easy 1,8 km Talvijärvi Whole season Nordic and Skating Skiing with dogs allowed on this trail. Access to Ruka village with Talvijärvi lift*
Vuosseli Easy 12 km Saarua–Vuosseli–Saarua. Whole season Nordic and Skating  
Valtavaara Difficult 12 km Saarua–Valtavaara–Saarua Whole season Nordic and Skating  
Pyhävaara Difficult 17 km Kaltiolampi–Uuttusuo–Rukajärvi–Pyhävaara–Kaltiolampi. Whole season Nordic and Skating  
Kivilampi Easy     Whole season Nordic and Skating Access from Pyhävaara route and Kivilammentie car park
Kuontivaara Easy 19 km Talvijärvi–Kuontivaara–Kesäjärvi–Talvijärvi.  Whole season Nordic and Skating Skiing with dogs allowed on this trail.
Alakylä Easy 17 km Talvijärvi - Salmilampi - Viipusjärvi - Konttainen - Viipusjärvi - Salmilampi - Talvijärvi.  Whole season  Nordic and Skating

The trail will be maintened according to the ice cover conditions.

*) Cross country skiers can access Ruka village via Talvijärvi ski lift (T-bar) for free once per day. See opening hours of Talvijärvi lift > 

KUUSAMO CENTRE - LIT TRAILS (ights are on until 9 p.m.) 

TRAIL DIFFICULTY LENGTH ROUTE OPEN STYLE NOTE
Petäjälampi Easy 5 km Petäjäkangas Whole season Nordic and Skating  
Munakka Medium difficulty 3 km, 4,5 km Munakka Whole season Nordic and Skating  
Tolpanniemi Easy 2,5 km Tolpanniemi Whole season Nordic and Skating  

KUUSAMO CENTRE - OTHER SKI TRAILS 

TRAIL DIFFICULTY LENGTH ROUTE OPEN STYLE NOTE
Petäjälampi First Snow Track Easy 1 km Petäjäkangas October-November Nordic and Skating Snowguns will be started below -5 C.
Petäjälampi Easy 3,5 km Petäjäkangas Whole season Nordic and Skating  
Tolpanniemi Easy 1,5 km Tolpanniemi Whole season Nordic and Skating  
Toranki Easy 7,5 km Toranki Whole season Nordic and Skating  
Kuusamo Ring Route Easy 18 km Sports Centre –Petäjälampi–Toranki–Bowling Alley, Sports Centre.  Whole season Nordic and Skating Skiing with dogs allowed on this trail.

OTHER SKI TRAILS IN KUUSAMO

Oulanka National Park Wilderness Route, medium difficulty 26 kmKiutaköngäs–Juuma. Open from 20.2. onwards, Nordic, route is flattened, no ski tracks. 

Iivaara ski route, medium difficulty, 20 km (Nordic): Open from 20.2. onwards, maintenance with a snowmobile, details about route and maintenance mski.fi/kuusamo. Services: Iivaaran Eräkartano (see Ski trail cafes on this page). 

Muovaara ski route, medium difficulty, 9 km (Nordic): Open from 20.2. onwards, maintenance with a snowmobile, details about route and maintenance mski.fi/kuusamo

Lit trails in Kuusamo area residential areas: Kemilä, Kurkijärvi, Käylä, Maaselkä, Nuorisokeskus Oivanki (lit during 17-20, temperature limit -18 C), Poussu, Sossonniemi, Vasaraperä and Vuotunki. Maintenance is done by locals with a ski mobile. Skiing style varies depending on the area (Nordic, Skating or both).   

Car parking areas along ski tracks in Ruka area

Please note: Rukanportti (Ruka-Ko, S-Market Ruka, Ruka Adventures) parking areas are reserved for customers visiting these premises. Parking is not allowed along roads.

Skiing with your dog

There are four routes in Ruka-Kuusamo are that allow dogs:

  • Talvijärvi dog trail 2 km (Ruka)
  • Kuontivaara route 20 km (Ruka); this track can be skied to both directions, so a shorter route is also possible.
  • Kuusamo ring route 17 km (Kuusamo)

The owner of the dog must take care of dog droppings. Dogs must not cause disturbance to other skiers or break the Nordic skiing trail. Dogs must be kept in leash.

Cross-country skiing events and competitions

A number of cross-country skiing events are arranged, such as the "Border to Border" skiing excursion— the longest in the whole world (444 km). The route starts in Kuusamo close to the eastern border and ends in Sweden at the City of Haparanda, just across the western border of Finland. See Event calendar for more information. 

If you don't have your own cross-country skiing equipment, our ski rental shops are glad to help you with the right equipment!

Enjoy your ski trip!