Ruka biking routes
There are plenty of routes in Ruka area that can be used on mountain bikes: Valtavaara route (eastern side, not on Karhunkierros Trail section), Salmilammin/Valkeisenvaara route and all gravel roads and paths on/around Ruka ski resort. Routes are marked with a turquoise colour in Ruka Summer Slope Map. The same map is available in print as Ruka-Kuusamo Traveller's Map and Ruka Summer Info brochure at Ruka Info, Kuusamo Info and hotel receptions in the area.
There are also other users on ski resort routes (including maintenance vehicles), so please be cautious. Please note also the changes in biking routes during summer 2017.
Biking routes in Kuusamo
There are alltogether 500 km of marked biking routes in Kuusamo area, with variable length and difficulty. Most of the routes are marked along roads, only some routes are marked on terrain in the forests. There's unfortunately no up-to-date biking route map in the area.
Oulanka National Park & Karhunkierros hiking route: Biking is officially allowed on the section Oulanka Visitor Centre - Taivalköngäs, but due to the amount of hikers on the Karhunkierros route biking is not recommended. More information: Oulanka Visitor Centre, 0206 396 850, email@example.com.
More information about Kuusamo biking routes is available in Kuusamo Info.
During the winter fatbikes can be ridden on the snowshoe- and wilderness ski trails. There is a winter biking trail, 26 km from Juuma to the Oulanka Visitor Center that is groomed from mid February until April. Biking on snow is allowed in the Oulanka national park with exception of the Pieni Karhunkierros.
In Ruka area two new fatbiketrails open for season 2018-2019, Hirsilampi winter trail, 4 km, maintained with a snowmobile when snow conditions allow, and Antinperä fatbike route, 5 km, maintained after a snowfall from Christmas until Easter. Biking in the areas of Konttainen and Valtavaara is not recommended during the winter. Please keep in mind that the snowshoetrails might be narrow and there are also other trail users. Biking is not allowed on the cross-country ski tracks.