Information about Ruka-Kuusamo

Facts about Ruka-Kuusamo

We have gathered a package of facts and statistics about tourism in Ruka-Kuusamo. 

The most appealing things about Ruka-Kuusamo

In winter: Ruka Ski Resort, national parks, Ruka village, cross country tracks, snowmobiling routes and great variety of guided winter activities. 

In summer: the magnificent nature in Kuusamo — National Parks in Oulanka, Riisitunturi, Syöte, Pyhä and Paanajärvi (the latter in Russia), Karhunkierros hiking trail, Kitka and Oulanka rivers, steep hills and numerous lakes with lots of fish

Ruka-Kuusamo Bucket list

Novelties & investments

Investments during 2018-2021: 100 MEur. 

All novelties and recent investments in Ruka-Kuusamo are listed our page New at Ruka-Kuusamo. 

New at Ruka-Kuusamo

Facts about Ruka Ski Resort

Ruka in Lapland is the largest ski resort in Finland comparing skiing days and sales: During ski season 2020-2021 ski pass sales almost 12,9 m€ and nearly 483 000 skiing days.

39 groomed runs, biggest vertical 201 m and longest run 1300 m. The top of Ruka is 492 meters above sea level.

Groomed runs altogether 20 km: 41 % blue/beginner, 43 % red/intermediate and 16 % black/advanced.

5 groomers and over 105 snow guns.

22 lifts: 4 chairs with super fast VuosseliExpress, SaaruaExpress and VillageExpress detachable chair lifts. Village-2-Valley scenic gondola.

FIS rated Vuosseli Super Pipe, Snow Park & Street, Ski/Boarder Cross course and a moguls run, Battery Run, suitable for international competitions (length 225 m, vertical 106 m, steepness 52 % i.e 29 degrees) and FIS rated slalom run.

4 rental shops: over 2500 sets of alpine ski equipment, 400 sets of snowboards and 200 sets of cross-country skis.

The biggest and oldest ski school in Finland, Ski School Ruka, 180 instructors (mostly part-time).

Ski season from October to May (over 200 days). During season 2021-2022 the first two slopes opened on 8.10.2022 and the first snow ski trail opened on 12.10.2021 at Ruka village. Ski season will carry on until 8.5.2022; altogether 213 skiing days.

Slopes are open every day 9.30 a.m - 7 p.m. according to weather conditions. 
Night skiing on Fridays  7-11 p.m (December - mid-April)

Slopes and lifts

Routes

Appr. 2000 km of different kinds of marked routes on Kuusamo area.

240 km of cross country trails in Kuusamo area (40 km illuminated); out of these 125 km in Ruka (23 km illuminated).

First Snow Track in Ruka village with stored snow is open every year in mid-October. First Snow Track nearby Kuusamo centre (Petäjäkangas) will be opened  each October/November according to cold weather (man-made snow).

500 km of marked, free-of-charge snowmobile routes and 100 km of safari organizers' own routes.

In the summer: 300 km of hiking routes, 180 km of biking routes, 350 km of classified paddling and boating routes.

Restaurants

In Ruka area appr. 30 restaurants & bars/pubs (almost 8.000 seats), out of which 10 on-mountain restaurants and several cafés; appr. 1000 seats on terraces.

In the whole Kuusamo area over 60 restaurants & bars/pubs with over 15.000 seats.

Food and entertainment

Transportation and other services

Ruka pedestrian village consists of over 1000 visitor beds, 15 restaurants, 10 shops and underground parking for 320 cars right by the ski area.

Shopping Centre Kumpare: Ruka Info (tourist office), shops, kids' playground, bowling, saunas, massage, internet.

Kuusamon Tropiikki Spa: 3 saunas, large pool area and a big water slide. Angry Birds Activity Park.

Ruka Summer Sled Track is the longest one in Finland (1.001 m), Ruka Disc Golf Park, Mini golf.

About 40 safari organizers with varied programs and equipment rentals.

A new 18 hole golf course nearby Kuusamon Tropiikki Spa.

Ruka International Ski Jump Stadium: K120 and K64 jumps (K120/HS142 is the biggest year-round jump in Finland).

Karhuntassu Visitor Centre: Kuusamo Info (tourist office), internet, Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, fishing permits, Kuusamo products, cafe.

SkiBus route around the ski resort and accommodation areas in Ruka and Kuusamo; free of charge in Ruka Ski Resort area.

Hiking bus transporting hikers to the starting points of Karhunkierros Trail as well as to the airport; year round. HossaBus from Ruka, Kuusamo and Kuusamo airport to Hossa during summer. 

Airport Bus from and to every flight at Kuusamo airport; year round.

Getting around

Beds in hotels, apartments and cottages

Altogether approximately 12.000 beds in Kuusamo area available for guests. 

6.900 holiday apartments and cottages in Kuusamo.

Ruka-Kuusamo Travel Search shows the availability and prices for most of the accommodation in the area.

Accommodation

Visitors

Appr. one million visitors in Kuusamo every year; 70 200 of these arrived by airplane 2021 (Finavia).

During 2021 there were 664 000 overnights, of which 608 000 were Finnish (92 %) and 55 600 (8 %) foreigners (this number does not include overnights in cottages). (Source: Tilastokeskus/Statistics Finland, visitory.io)

Visits in the area's national parks 2021: Oulanka 253 300, Hossa 112 900 and Riisitunturi 89 900 visits (source: metsa.fi). Oulanka National Park's impact on the local economic was 36,4 MEur on 2021. (Source: metsa.fi)

Visitory.io shows you the amount of visitors and bed nights in Ruka-Kuusamo: 

visitory.io

Tourism income

Tourism income in Kuusamo on 2017 was 142 MEur. Appr.

716 residents of Kuusamo area work in tourism business (2017). (Source:  Matkailun aluetaloudellisten vaikutusten seurantamalli: Kalajoki, Kuusamo, Oulu, Pudasjärvi ja Vaala, published 2019)

Climate and weather conditions in Kuusamo

The climate in Kuusamo region is more continental than in most other parts of Finland. The mean temperature of the year is around 0°C and the growing season is 135 days long.

The ground is covered with snow around 200 days from the end of October till the middle of May. Winter conditions may cause a challenge for drivers, so please take a look at Driving in Finland

When to travel?

We've gathered some details about weather conditions in Kuusamo.  
*) Weather permitting. The Northern Lights appear throughout the year, but they are difficult to see during the light summer nights. 
Snow cm = average snow depth in centimetres 
Temp. C = average temperature (Celsius)
Daylight h = amount of daylight in hours

Month Northern Lights* Snow, cm Temp., C Daylight, h
January Appear 61 -14 5
February Appear 70 -12 9
March Appear 75 -8 13
April * 40 -2 17
May * 2 5 21
June * - 15 24
July * - 20 19
August * - 13 16
September Appear 1 6 13
October Appear 5 0 9
November Appear 27 -6 5
December Appear 42 -11 3

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