Ruka - the best in the world for families

Ruka is a great place to visit as a family. We have worked hard to ensure that Ruka offers the perfect holiday for children as well as adults. Our Weekly Programme offers lots of activities for families, even free of charge. 

Bring your family to Ruka

Most hotels in Ruka and Kuusamo feature spacious family rooms fully equipped for a comfortable stay. You can also rent apartments in a cosy cottage or an individual chalet. Many restaurants offer a children’s menu and play area. The Kumpare shopping centre has a play room for families.

Most winter adventures and summer programmes are available for whole families. In the summertime our little guests can enjoy a variety of hiking routes that are both safe and exciting, as well as a husky farm and bicycle tours. In winter children love to visit the reindeer farm, ride a horse and even go on a winter safari (minimum age for a safari is 5 years old). And don’t forget to visit Santa Claus!

Winter fun for families with children

Weeks 7-11 are special holiday weeks for Finnish families. This means there's plenty of special programme for kids of all ages available in Ruka area and all around Kuusamo. 

Ski areas for children and beginners

Ruka ski resort is designed so that the families have a successful snow holiday. Ruka has own ski areas for children and beginners. There are two ski areas in Ruka for children: wide Rosa & Rudolf Snow Park as well as Kaltiolampi Snow Park next to Ruka village. In addition there are sled slopes in Ruka East at the lower part of the Snow Park and at Masto slopes as well as on the side of Ruka village next to the Kaltiolampi pond. The free of charge weekly slope programme has plenty of activities for everyone! Outdoors playground is located in Ruka village and downstairs of Shopping Centre Kumpare there are Kumpare Adventure House and Bowling alley for indoors activities. There are also skating rink (there is no skate rental at Ruka) and two carousel sleighs on pond Kaltiolampi. 

Ruka Ski Resort is building new lifts and services in the next few years in regards to serve families and international guests even better than before. Improvements during summer 2017 include a super fast detachable SaaruaExpress four seater chair lift, doubling the capacity of the old Saarua chair lift to 2500 skiers per hour and cutting the traveling time to half - skiers can now reach the top in 2 minutes. The kids' and beginners' ski and snowboard area in Vuosseli will also see major improvements: Two new magic carpet lifts, a new hut for snack lunch and a tubing slope serving also non-skiers.  Next phase of Ruka Masterplan will see the development of a totally new 1500 bed pedestrian village, which will be connected to present Ruka village by a pedestrian gondola. Gondola also gives a year round access to the top of mountain for non-skiers.  

Children under 6 years old ski for free with a helmet on!

It’s good to keep helmet on when skiing and children under 6 years old ski for free when accompanied with an adult. Parents should ask for a Rosa&Rudolf ski pass when they’re buying their own ski passes from the ski pass sales point. Children aged 6-11 years also get a good discount on their ski passes. Check out our ski pass prices.

Child Care at Rosa & Rudolf Activity House

Child care is available in Rosa & Rudolf Activity House during winter holiday weeks (20.2.-8.3.2018) for kids aged 3-9 years.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 20.-22.2.2018 at 11-14
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 27.2.-1.3.2018 at  11-14
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6.-8.3.2018 at 11-14

Prices: 18 €/hour or 42 €/3 hours. Bookings online or by cash or credit card to Ruka Info in advance, or at Ruka Info. Limited availability). Rosa & Rudolf Activity House is located downstairs of Shopping Centre Kumpare. Activity House is available for all kids under 12 years with parents. Activity House is free of charge with a valid ski pass.

Book childcare

Child care to your cottage

You can book child care to your cottage/apartment by Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) online or by calling tel. +358 45 121 5562 (phone bookings available on Tue, Wed, Thu at 9 am - 1 pm). Child care is also available through The National organization for children - Kuusamo local office, email or tel. +358 41 700 3534.


Variation of hiking routes in Oulanka National Park, river rafting, Ruka Summer Sled Track and other interesting places invite you to visit Kuusamo also during the summer. Ruka village is an easy central point of your holiday.