Lumikenkäilijät tykkylumipuiden keskellä, Ruka-Kuusamo

Winter hiking

With the right gear, hiking is fun all year round!

Winter is a great time to go on a hike – just make sure you have the right gear and attitude. In Ruka-Kuusamo, you can head to a winter wonderland on snowshoes or skinbased skis with a guide or by renting equipment for a self-organised trip.

On snowshoes or skinbased skis, you can reach the river valleys of Oulanka National Park, the peaks of Riisitunturi fell, the ridge scenery of Hossa National Park and the peaks of Rukatunturi, Valtavaara, Konttainen and Pyhävaara along marked trails.

What on earth are skinbased skis? 

Skinbased skis are fairly short and wide skis with strips of synthetic hair underfoot to add grip. Skinbased skis glide when you are going forward and provide grip when the ski would otherwise glide back, such as when climbing up a hill. Skinbased skis have bindings that are like snowshoes, which means you can use regular, sturdy winter shoes with skinbased skis. As getting around with skinbased skis is gliding, similar to skiing, you will also need ski poles with wide baskets when heading out. 

Many who enjoy the great outdoors on skinbased skis prefers high-ankled neoprene boots that provide support when moving about in hilly places, because the support from the shoe helps when heading downhill. Skinbased skis are excellent when you are heading out at a time when there is already some snow and it’s fairly dry. In places with little snow and damp snow (e.g. when water rises above a lake’s icy surface), skinbased skis are not at their best, because the hair freezes and gets scratched eaily. 

If you are hiking with dogs, skinbased skis are a great choice because the trail they provide is consistent, when compared to individual, deep steps formed by snowshoes. It’s easy for your dog to follow you when you are on your skinbased skis. 

Winter hiking trails

Snowshoes and skinbased skis open up the access to the trails of Oulanka, Riisitunturi and Hossa National Parks as well as the trails of Rukatunturi, Valtavaara, Konttainen and Pyhävaara.

Snowshoe trails in Ruka area as well as to Konttainen, Kiutaköngäs and Myllykoski can usually be accessed by foot during winter except of heavy snowfall and during melting snow cover in springtime. These trails are not maintained by groomers.

Lammintupa Fatbike Trail is a multi-purpose trail, available for fatbikers and walkers alike. This trail is maintained by groomer. Dogs are allowed on this trail except at Lammintupa Winter Village area (due to Lammintupa's own husky and reindeer farm). 

Lammintupa Winter Trail

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Winter hiking services:

Adventure Apes

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Koskenlaskua Kitkajoella

Basecamp Oulanka

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HILL Ski Rent

HILL Ski Rent

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Isokenkäisten Klubi

Special accommodation
Kainuun Luontoretket vie melomaan Hossan upeisiin maisemiin

Kainuun Luontoretket

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Kuusamon Lintumatkailu

Kuusamo Nature Photography

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Sähköpyöräsafari Kuusamo Safariksen matkassa

Kuusamo Safaris

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MunPolku_MyTrail

MyTrail MunPolku

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Outdoor Passion Finland

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PisteVuokraamo

Piste Rental & Ski Pass Sales

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Ruka Adventures

Ruka Adventures

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Koskenlasku

Ruka Safaris

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Ruka Trek & Hard Trek Café

Ruka Trek & Hard Trek Café

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Rukapalvelu vie sinut moottorikelkkailemaan Kuusamon maisemiin

Rukapalvelu | Tailored Adventures

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Sport House Ruka

Sport House Ruka

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RukaValley hotelli

Valley Rentals & Ski Pass Sales

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Ruka Valley - upea kyläkeskus Valtavaaran kupeessa

Village-2-Valley Scenic Gondola

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VuosselinPortin vuokraamo

Vuosselinportti Rentals & Ski Pass Sales

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