Check out the upcoming renovations in the Ruka-Kuusamo area and enjoy the new services on your next holiday. Welcome to experience the developing Ruka-Kuusamo!
New at Ruka-Kuusamo
Ruka-Kuusamo is growing and developing
Masto slope area renewed by winter 2023-2024
Finland's first eight-person high-speed Masto Express chairlift and four new ski slopes will be built in Masto slope area. The area's snowmaking capacity will also be significantly strengthened with the purchase of 40 new snow cannons. Construction work will start in May, and the renovations will be ready in November 2023.
New services in Ruka-Kuusamo
The variety of adventures is constantly developing in Ruka-Kuusamo. Also new, interesting accommodation services are opened all the time.
Flight connections from Europe to Kuusamo will improve again when Eurowings starts flights from Düsseldorf to Kuusamo in the winter of 2023-2024. There will be one weekly flight on Sundays from mid-January to mid-March.
A new, French style cafe The French Café is now open in Kuusamo centre. There's also a new café and handcraft workshop at Kujala Reindeer Farm.
Rukapalvelu has released new nature tours for summer 2023. New kind of nature activities are also available at Oulangan Taika.
Vuosseli ski trail will be turned into a year-round multi-purpous outdoor trail, and the multi-use will be tested during spring 2023. In addition to skiing, you can ride a fatbike and walk on the route. Each mode of transport is assigned its own "lanes" and the joint responsibility of route users is emphasized.
Dog owners living and visiting Ruka area have long been missing a dog park. Their wishes will come true when a 1500 m2 large (one-part) dog park will be built along the pedestrian route winding from Talvijärvi to Ruka village. The opening goal is in July 2023. Walking distance to the park is about 150 metres from the parking lots in Ruka village and in Talvijärventie road area.
A new private restaurant Kataja opened in igloo village Magical Pond on on November. Check out the menu and book a delicious dinner!
Tasters of Italian flavors are now available with the opening of Ristorante il Gufo at the base of Vuosseli slope area and Vespino in Ruka village.
Also Restaurant Piste has gone through renovation in autumn 2022.
New slopes and lifts for winter season 2022-2023
For the first time in its history, Ruka crossed the important limit of a half a million skiing days in the winter season 2021-2022. New slopes and lifts are being built to assure Ruka remains an interesting holiday resort for international guests.
Vuosseli slope area for families has been renewed in many ways. The profile of the slopes has been improved. Poma platter lift has been replaced with a T-bar (length 400 meters, capacity 1200 persons per hour). Bistro platter lift has been replaced with a new platter lift (length 350 meters, capacity 750 persons per hour).
We will build a new snow park for beginners: Mini Ruka and Ruka Park Junior. Give a go for these two versatile lines with press boxes and jumps of all kinds!
The scale of this investment is 1,5 million euros.
The most versatile Bike Park in the north is developing all the time!
Ruka Bike Park offers both beginner-friendly and more challenging built-in flow trails, as well as path-like technical trails. Bike washing areas, e-bike charging stations and other services for bikers, as well as new mountain biking trails are being developed.
Ruka Bike Park usually opens mid-June (snow conditions allowing). There are three lifts in use for bikers: Village-2-Valley gondola, Village Express chair lift and Vuosselin Kulma anchor lift.
Summer 2022 saw the opening of one new blue flowtrail in Vuosseli area, one new blue flow trail in Ahonlaita area and one red flow trail in Kelo area. In addition, there was one new red technical trail (enduro) in Masto area and an easy green trail from the top of Ruka to Ruka village.
New/renovated hiking trails and the 41st National Park in Finland
There are plenty of hiking trails in the Ruka-Kuusamo area, some of which are the responsibility of Metsähallitus and some of the city of Kuusamo.
Both actors are constantly renewing the structures of the hiking trails, of course according to the available resources. Renovations focus on accessibility and sustainability.
The newest national Park in Finland, Salla National Park, was opened in June 2022. It is the 41st national park in Finland. Please note that there will be several renovation projects in Salla area during autumn 2022.
Karhunkierros Trail and Valtavaaran huiputus Trail have now been re-routed. The new route is shown with red color in Retkikartta map.
The new trail is 10,2 km long and the starting point is Rajalampi pond parking area.