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.
Ruka ski resort is designed so that the families have a successful snow holiday. There is a great ski area in Ruka for children and beginners: Rosa & Rudolf Family Park with all kinds of fun activities.
In addition to the snow tubing slope of Rosa & Rudolf Family Park there are sled slopes in Ruka East at Masto slopes as well as at Ruka village next to the Kaltiolampi pond and Frontside slopes.
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 is a skating rink and two carousel sleighs on Kaltiolampi pond in Ruka village (please note: there is no skate rental at Ruka). Kaltiolampi rink will open in February and will be maintaned regularly. Skating is also possible at Ruka School skating rink outside school times i.e. in the evenings (Mon-Fri) after 15.00 and during the weekends (address: Kouluntie 30) from January onwards. In Kuusamo skating is possible in the Kuusamo Sports Centre rink, Nilo skating rink and Tolpanniemi and Toranki skating areas Mon-Fri after 15.00 and during the weekends. The locker rooms are closed due to prevailing corona recommendations. Also Käylä skating rink is available (light switch on the left in the light pole).
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.
New for winter 2020-2021: Talvipuisto activity park for kids at RukaValley
You can enjoy a taster of husky sled rides, reindeer sled rides, kids' snowmobiles and miniature ATV rides. Price 10 €/person/activity, duration appr. 5 min/activity. Ticket sales at the sales desk at outside of Kid’s Club or in advance at the office of Best of Arctic at Shopping Centre Kumpare. Talvipuisto opening hours vary (information only in Finnish).
New winter trails 2020-2021: Lammintupa Winter trail for fatbikers and walkers, 6 km
Lammintupa trail takes you from Uuttusuo ski trail Cafe to Lammintupa and back. This trail is available for bikers and walkers. This trail can be accessed via pedestrian routes from Ruka village and RukaValley (last section travels along Vuosselinrinne road).
Child care to your cottage
You can book child care to your cottage/apartment by Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) by calling tel. +358 40 772 5078 (phone bookings available on Mon-Fri at 8 am - 11 am). Childcare services you can also book through Kuusamon Lastenyhdistys Ry by sending them an email (at least one day in advance) firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER HOLIDAY WITH KIDS
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.