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Ruka and Kuusamo are full of adventures. Snowmobile, husky and reindeer safaris, snowhoeing, ice karting and lots of other activities are waiting for you

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

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Package deals and offers for the whole Ruka-Kuusamo area will be available a bit later.

There are plenty of package deals for Ruka ski trips (in English).

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Tickets to the best night clubs!

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

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

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Crosscountry Skiing at Ruka-Kuusamo

The possibilities for cross-country skiing in Kuusamo are excellent. The total length of cross-country ski trails is 152,5 km, of which 33,5 km are illuminated (at Ruka area: 71,5 km, of which 16 km illuminated). Northern Finland is one the most exceptional places on earth for cross-country skiing.

Updated on 15.12.2014:

  • Updated information about the ski tracks and route map: www.mski.fi/kuusamo_eng/.
  • In the beginning of each winter season: The first ski track on man-made snow in Kuusamo Petäjäkangas, length 2 km, Nordic + skating. For more info see www.ruka.fi/firstsnowtrack.

Ski trail maintenance schedule

  • Ski trails in Ruka area: Saarua Lit Trail, Ruka Ring Route and 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 15.2.-15.4. Saarua Lit Trail, Ruka Ring Route and Ruka Ski Stadium 5 km track will be maintained daily during 20.12-6.1. 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.

Maintenance: Rukan koneladut 0400 328 055
Feedback about ski trails: Kuusamo town 0400 296 110
Information about ski trail maintenance: www.mski.fi/kuusamo_eng

Ski trail maps at Ruka and Kuusamo

RUKA - LIT SKI TRAILS (lights are on 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 15.2.–30.4. also 7,5 km and 10 km. 
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

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.
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.
Cold weather ski track/top of Ruka Easy 1 km Chalet Ruka Peak - the edge of Kelorinne slope - Chalet Ruka Peak.  December-February Nordic and Skating Same as the disabled rail in summer.

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 15.2. onwards, Nordic, route is flattened, no ski tracks. 

Car parking areas along ski tracks in Ruka area

Please note: Rukanportti (Ruka-Ko, S-Market Ruka, Ruka Adventures and Rukan Lomapalvelu) 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.

Ski trail café opening hours (updated 9.12.2014)

  • Reindeer Farm & Ski Trail Cafe Lammintupa (Vuosseli route): open daily at 10-15 (closed on Christmas Eve 24.12.2014). 
  • Vuosselin Pirtti (Ruka round route): see opening hours on Vuosselin Pirtti's page.
  • Uuttusuo cafe (Ruka round route/Vuosseli route), tel. +358 40 7468 905: Closed.
  • Korpikahvila (Vuosseli route): Open daily at 10-16.
  • Rukajärvi Kotakahvila (Pyhävaara N/A): N/A.
  • Kuontivaara hut (Kuontivaara route): Closed.
  • Kultala at Rukan Salonki (Kuontivaara route): N/A.
  • Kumpuvaara scenery cafe (Kumpuvaara route): open according to pre-orders (ski and snowmobile tracks are closed).
  • Basecamp Oulanka (Juuma wilderness route): Open Tuesday-Saturday at 10-16, closed on Sundays and Mondays.
  • Iivaaran Eräkartano (Iivaara route): Will open again in springtime 2015.

(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 map sales points

In Kuusamo: Kuusamo Info, ABC Kuusamo, Kuusamo Prisma and Kuusamo Sports Centre. In Ruka: Ruka Info, Wolf Sport and hotel receptions.

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.

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

Enjoy your ski trip!