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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.

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.

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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.

Tyttö ja koira retkellä Valtavaaran reitillä
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.

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 +358440303301 Mon-Fri at 8-12 or via elastenhoito.fi.

Events and activities for families (free of charge):


The Arctic Circle - only 45 km from Ruka

13.6.2023 - 31.12.2024
Subway Ruka

Subway Baguette Bingo

17.10.2023 - 27.10.2023

TOP Model - drawing competition

19.10.2023 - 19.10.2023

TOP Model - drawing competition

26.10.2023 - 26.10.2023
kumpareet aerials freestyle

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Opening 2022

2.12.2023 - 3.12.2023
Ruka Polar Night Light Festival

Polar Night Light Festival 2024

12.1.2024 - 28.1.2024
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