The impacts of coronavirus in Ruka-Kuusamo area

Updated on 15.9.2020

Current information about coronavirus by Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Guidelines for travelers by Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Covid-19 coronavirus and guidance for travelers to Finland by Visit Finland

Tourism operators in Ruka-Kuusamo always act in accordance with their values, responsibly and working together. We will ensure that the area is safe to travel and that here it is safe to be. Please help us and travel responsibly and follow health guidelines. Together, we make sure we can enjoy the summer with joy!

Q&A:

Is it safe to travel to Ruka-Kuusamo? 
Even in this challenging situation, we serve our guests in the best possible way, of course regarding the personnel and customer safety. We are following the situation and the instructions of the authorities actively. Each company will also give instructions to their guests on their own channels. 

Are there corona infected persons in Ruka-Kuusamo area? 
At the present, situation in Kuusamo is still very peaceful. Please follow the instructions to keep all of us safe.

If I decide to travel to Ruka-Kuusamo area, what should I do? 
We've enhanced the level of hygiene and increased communication to customers regading their actions in this exceptional situation in order to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus in Finland and to protect the potential risk groups. This website will be updated regularly. If you deciced to travel, please be aware of your own responsibilities. Follow the recommendations of the Finnish government and instructions given in Kanta.fi (information system for social welfare services in Finland). If you have any - even mild - symptoms of flu, stay at home. When moving around in Ruka-Kuusamo area, please take extra good care of your own personal hygiene as well as for your companions. Stay within your own group and avoid contacts with others. Pay attention to given safety distance. 

We recommend using Koronavilkku app
Koronavilkku is a contact tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to coronavirus. If you have a coronavirus test and are diagnosed as infected, you can use the app to share this anonymously with those you have been in close contact with. Your privacy is strongly protected.

Do I have to wear a mask?
Wearing a mask is optional in Finland and also at Ruka-Kuusamo. Guests can wear masks if they want to. Airplanes, busses and trains advice travelers to wear masks. Also the organizers of some events and in private transportation guests can be asked to wear masks. Take a look at the recommendations for using masks by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Are locals happy for the tourists to be there? 
Tourism is an important livelihood in our area and a big part of the locals get their living from tourism. You are warmly welcome to Ruka-Kuusamo. 

How can one get to Ruka-Kuusamo area? 
Ruka-Kuusamo area can be reached by car, by bus and by train + bus combination. Find flights to Kuusamo on Finnair's pages. You can also fly to Oulu or Rovaniemi and take a bus to Kuusamo.

Which services in the area are open?
Services and activities can be found on Ruka-Kuusamo's summer pages. We actively update the opening hours our member companies. Opening hours can also be checked on the companies' own channels. 

Are there events at the moment?
Please follow the situation in Ruka-Kuusamo event calendar.

When will Ruka Bike Park open?
The construction in the new Ruka Bike Park started during summer 2020 and is fully completed by the end of summer 2021. Two new downhill and two cross-country routes will be completed by autumn 2020. In addition, a Family Park, area suitable for children for downhill training, and Pump Track will be built during autumn 2020. Construction work has been delayed by several weeks during summer 2020 due to thick snow pack and late spring. Read more about northern cycling ventures.

Instructions for summer & autumn guests in ski resort:
Please take a look at Ruka Ski Resort instructions for summer guests

More information: 
Tourist information: +358 8 8600 250, info@rukakuusamo.fi
​Marja Mäenpää, Head of Marketing, Ruka-Kuusamo Tourist Association, tel. +358 40 521 5316, marja.maenpaa@rukakuusamo.fi
Mats Lindfors, CEO, Ruka-Kuusamo Tourist Association, tel. +358 40 0747356, mats.lindfors@rukakuusamo.fi