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
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's opening aim for summer 2022 is 10.6. (snow conditions allowing). There will be three lifts in use for bikers: Village-2-Valley gondola, Village Express chair lift and Vuosselin Kulma anchor lift (the opening goal of which is Midsummer).
Summer 2022 will see 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 will be one new red technical trail (enduro) in Masto area and an easy green trail from the top of Ruka to Ruka village.
Ruka Bike Park season pass is now available at an advance price 129 € (normally 190 €) until 31.5.2022. You can buy a season card from the online store for your own KeyCard, or buy a KeyCard and pick it up when you pick up your season card. Please note: all season passes must be activated at the ticket office before taking the first lift ride.
In addition to Piste and RukaValley, bikes can be washed free of charge in the summer in the yard of Hard Trek Café and indoors all year round in the Ruka Wash self-service washing area (additional cost).
A free charging point for e-bikes can be found in the village of Ruka at the foot of the Tykky Scenery Tower. Bikes can also be charged at Hard Trek Café (additional cost, only Shimano chargers).
Kuusamo Safaris offers now both e-bikes for hire and guided trips in Ruka area on e-bikes on Mondays at 10.
Ruka Bikes has moved from Ruka village to Rukahuolto premiseses in Rukanportti area (Rukariutta/Riutanpää).
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, will be 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 spring and autumn 2022.
Karhunkierros Trail and Valtavaaran huiputus Trail have now been re-routed. The new route is shown with red color in Retkikartta map.
Iirinki Trail have now been re-routed. The new trail is 10.2 km long and the starting point is Rajalampi pond parking area. The renewed trail is already described in writing on Nationalparks.fi website and the new route will be updated in Retkikartta.fi during summer 2022.
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.
The biggest rafting company in Finland, Stella Polaris Adventures, moved to the former Jyrävä Camping area during summer 2021 and is now renovation the whole area. Summer 2022 will see the opening of a summer cafe with a sundeck, a caravan park and two saunas. Also canoes, kayaks, SUP boards and fatbikes will be available for hire.
The longest continuous zipline in Finland was opened during summer 2021. The glides begins on the top of Ruka and carries dare-devils full 364 metres to the top of Saarua hill next to the Village-2-Valley gondola middle station.
Lappis Water Park was first presented during summer 2021 and is still a novelty for many visitors in Ruka-Kuusamo. Water Park will be opening before Midsummer (weather conditions allowing). There will be a queue during warm summer days, so make sure you plan your adventures well in advance to assure access to the Water Park.
Reindeer Nook at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm makes it possible for you to sleep in the middle of a reindeer herd.
Hotel-Restaurant Rukatonttu offers memorable dreams in the floating AuroraHuts.
Experience a unique holiday where high quality facilities and services meet pure nature.
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 will be renews in many ways. The profile of the slopes will be improved and a totally new slop will be added. Poma platter lift will be replaced with a T-bar (length 400 meters, capacity 1200 persons per hour). Bistro platter lift will be replaced with a new platter lift (length 350 meters, capacity 750 persons per hour).
We will build a new snow park for beginners. There will be two versatile lines with press boxes and jumps of all kinds.
New slope and lifts will be ready during winter season 2022–2023. The scale of this investment is 1,5 million euros.