Ruka Raft Fest - CANCELLED

The novelty event combines the funniest adventure sport of the summer, wonderful landscapes, great parties and live gigs by top artists in nature and in the restaurant Zone.
17.8.2023 - 19.8.2023
Ruka village and Oulanka National Park
Adventure Music National Parks Biggest events
Koskenlaskua Myllykoskella, kuva: Mikael Creutz

Welcome to compete or just enjoy the event! 

In the event, in addition to Ruka village, you will move around Kuusamo's most beautiful natural sites on Kitkajoki in Oulanga National Park. We have organized everything for you, all you have to do is arrive in Ruka.

In addition to the exciting rafting and scenery, live music is available wherever you move. Gather your own team or come to enjoy the wonderful race and the wonderful nature of Kuusamo.

The competition teams consist of teams of 4-6 people including a team leader. The people of Rukapalvelu will draw a professional skipper for the team to pilot the rafts and paddlers in the heat. Bells are hung above the rapids, and by hitting them you can collect points for your team. Fault points are awarded if the clocks are not hit.

You can also participate in the festivals as a festival-goer. You get to watch spectacular competition performances in the middle of great nature and, of course, enjoy live music in unique surroundings. The competition venues are located in the most stunning landscapes of the Kuusamo and Oulanga National Parks.

Thursday 17 August 2023
Welcome ceremonies from 19:00

Friday 18 August 2023
1st day of the festival: The teams' opening mission at Kalliolammi, time trials at Käylänkoski, rafting or transfer to Pohjantähti camp.

Saturday 19 August 2023
2nd festival day: Niskakoski race, Myllykoski slalom, Aallokkoski rafting, Vattumutka paddling race

At the Saturday night party in Zone: Jukka Takalo and the legendary Bon Jovi Experience.

Read more (in Finnish)

Prices and registration:
The price of rafting festivals is €2750/team (incl. VAT).
Price for a festival visitor: €250/person
Registration: +358 8 860 8600,