Kesäyö Kuusamossa, kuva Maija Koskinen

New at Ruka-Kuusamo

Ruka-Kuusamo is growing and developing

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 magnificent sauna restaurant to be built on top of Ruka Ski Resort

The views from the sauna restaurant overlook the Valtavaara Nature Reserve and the northern sky. Next to the sauna, a long-awaited panoramic restaurant will also be built, serving as a lunch restaurant during the day and a dinner restaurant in the evenings.

The restaurant will have approximately 150 seats and a spacious glassed-in terrace. The sauna area can accommodate about 30 bathers at a time in two-hour shifts. The opening goal for the sauna restaurant is in November 2025.

Saaruan huipun saunaravintola havainnekuva

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.

We aim to keep our focus on sustainability issues when creating new services in the area.

Kuusamo's Restaurant Tapio rises to Michelin level

The world’s most renowned restaurant recognition system, The Michelin Guide, announced the restaurants included in its Nordic Guide on Monday, May 27, 2024, in Helsinki. New to the annually published list is Restaurant Tapio, located in Ruka village. It received the prestigious Michelin star. 

Tapio is the northernmost restaurant in the guide, and in the world, to be awarded a star this year.

Restaurant Tapio
New apartment hotel at Ruka: Ski-Inn Valtavaara Chalets

The latest Ski-Inn development, Valtavaara Chalet, is being built in the Ruka Valley area, allowing easy access to Ruka's slopes, trails, and Valtavaara for hiking with just a few steps.

The pre-marketing of the apartments has started, and the first units have already been reserved. Construction is planned to begin in the summer of 2024, with Valtavaara scheduled to be completed in October 2025, fitting perfectly into the new ski season. 

Valtavaara Chalets Ruka Finland
A Break Sokos Hotel is being built in Ruka

The hotel will have about 220 rooms, a restaurant, and a café. The earliest opening target is set for 2027. In positioning the hotel, preserving the views from the upper floors of neighboring buildings towards Riisitunturi and Lake Kitkajärvi has been considered.

Parking spaces will be located in an underground garage beneath the hotel. A pedestrian approaching from the direction of Ruka village will encounter a cozy entrance plaza located among the buildings, featuring the reception and café with terraces.

Break Sokos Hotel
Scandic Rukahovi will be renovated during the summer and autumn of 2024

The 105 rooms and corridors of Scandic Rukahovi, a landmark in Ruka village, will be renovated over the coming summer and autumn of 2024.

Scandic Rukahovi
Masto slope area renewed for winter 2023-2024

Finland's first eight-person high-speed Masto Express chairlift and four new ski slopes have been built in Masto slope area. The area's snowmaking capacity has also been significantly strengthened with the purchase of 40 new snow cannons.

Masto piirroskartta
Two new route flights from Central Europe to Kuusamo for winter 2023-2024

Flight connections from Europe to Kuusamo have improved again as Eurowings started flights from Düsseldorf and Edelweiss from Zürich to Kuusamo in the winter of 2023-2024. 

There is one weekly flight from Düsseldorf on Sundays from mid-January to mid-March. The route from Zürich to Kuusamo is operated on Fridays from early February until late March.

Talking about Kuusamo Airport: Finavia renewed the runway lighting system to energy efficient led lights and renovated the apron coating during summer 2023. 

New services for travellers: Rovaniemi Shuttle Bus and luggage transportation from home to Ruka

Using a new shuttle bus service, you get to travel directly from Rovaniemi Airport to Ruka during winter 2023-2024. Shuttle service is running 2.12.2023-30.3.2024 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Shuttlebus price is 50 €/person/one-way (Rovaniemi Airport/Santa Claus Village - Ruka or Ruka - Santa Claus Village/Rovaniemi airport).

Additionally, there is a similar summer shuttle bus from Oulu to Ruka. Oulu Airport Shuttle Bus is available on Tuesdays during 2.7.-27.8.2024 and on Saturdays during 1.6.-28.9.2024. This connection is especially suitable for Lufthansa flights from Munich to Oulu. 

Gravel biking is taking big leaps in Ruka-Kuusamo

This popular form of cycling is gaining a strong foothold in Ruka-Kuusamo with the development of a new concept and new routes from autumn 2023 onwards. Gravel biking is especially popular in Central Europe and is continually growing in popularity in Finland. From a tourism perspective, gravel biking also holds significant potential.

Gravel-pyöräilyä Kuusamossa, kuva Aapo Lappalainen
Parking in Ruka village will be supervised from 1.8.2023 onwards

Parking in Ruka village area is supervised by ParkkiPate from 1.8.2023 onwards. The goal is to increase safety and comfort in Ruka village area.

Dog park opened near Ruka village in July 2023

Ruka dog park is located along the pedestrian route winding from Talvijärvi to Ruka village. Walking distance to the park is about 150 metres from the parking lots in Ruka village and in Talvijärventie road area. The dog park is appr. 15000m2 large and it consists of one part (no separate sections for small and large dogs).

Rukan koirapuisto, kuva Salla Karhumaa