Family vacation in Ruka-Kuusamo

Ruka-Kuusamo aims to be the best family vacation destination in Finland

When children are enjoying themselves, joy spreads to the family. Ruka-Kuusamo has plenty of activities, both indoors and outdoors and from morning to evening, all year round.

The summer and winter weekly programmes offer a variety of adventures for the entire family, free of charge.

Winter fun for families

In the winter, Ruka-Kuusamo is a genuine centre for family vacations with a wide selection of activities. We have paid special attention to kids, especially when it comes to Ruka Slopes.

The most popular family adventures also include cross country skiing excursions with hot chocolate and doughnuts, children meeting arctic animals, such as huskies and reindeer, and a trip to Santa Claus’s cottage.

Summer adventures for families

Diverse day trip trails in the spectacular Oulanka National Park, rafting, summer sledding, cycling routes suitable for children, a water park and many other fun attractions and activities make Kuusamo a great place for a family vacation also in the summer.

Indoor activities with kids

If the weather gets too cold or rainy, Ruka-Kuusamo also has a wide range of indoor activities for kids. Why not try the spa, adventure park, bowling alleys or an escape room?

Children meet arctic animals

Feeding reindeer, an action-packed husky dog safari or a sleigh ride with horses with the jingle of bells in the winter air are family vacation highlights in Kuusamo. Spending a summer evening bear watching from a safe watchtower is an experience a child will never forget.

You can take your pets to enjoy the holiday too!

We have plenty of accommodation and restaurant services that welcome pets. Our trails are well suited for enjoying the beautiful sceneries with dogs.

Talviretkeily koiran kanssa on mukavaa

Child care available in Ruka area

Child care assistance from the Mannerheim League for Children Welfare is available for short-term child care needs in the Ruka area. You can book a childminder by calling +358 (0)40 772 5078 or via

Events and activities for families (free of charge):

rosa ja rudolf rinnehuvit

Fun & Games on the slopes

19.12.2022 - 21.4.2023

Monday: Meet the Reindeers at Rudolf's Adventure Route

19.12.2022 - 17.4.2023

Tuesday: Kid's Fun Slalom

20.12.2022 - 18.4.2023

Wednesday: Meet the Reindeers at Rudolf's Adventure Route

21.12.2022 - 20.12.2023
family park pujottelu

Thursday: Slalom Contest for Kids

22.12.2022 - 20.4.2023
rattikelkkailua rinteessä

Friday: Stiga sled race

23.12.2022 - 21.4.2023

Saturday: Meet the Reindeers at Rudolf's Adventure Route

31.12.2022 - 15.4.2023

Saturday: Masto Slalom – giant slalom contest

7.1.2023 - 15.4.2023
More activities and events without participation fee are available in our Events calendar. 

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Auringonlasku Rukan rinteillä

Customer service at Ruka’s lifts

Taaperon kanssa retkeilemässä

Summer holiday with a toddler

Retkeilijä rentoutuu lammen rannassa laiturilla

3 National Parks and Ruka on one trip