Lots of variable terrain
Mountain biking is popular in Kuusamo area. Especially Ruka Ski Resort has lots of suitable terrain, and new routes are being developed all the time.
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MTB Skills Course at Ruka village
Novelty for summer 2019: Mountain biking Skills Course along the shore of Kaltiolampi pond. Suitable for kids too, since parents can follow by foot along the course. There is also bike washing spot next to Piste Rental Shop and charging spot for bikes next to Tykky. There are four most common chargers for bikes and they are free for use.
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-Kuusamo Traveller's Map, available for free 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 2019 due to the lift building works.
Rukankierros bike trail
Kivilampi bike trail
Valtavaara bike trail
Biking routes in Kuusamo
There's unfortunately no up-to-date biking route map in the area. More information about Kuusamo biking routes is available in Kuusamo Info.
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.
Fatbiking at Ruka-Kuusamo
During the summer fatbiking is allowed on the same routes as mountain biking. Fat bikes can be rented at: RukaStore, Sport House Ruka, Head Ski Sport, Ruka Safaris, Rukapalvelu and Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki.
During the winter fatbikes can be ridden on the snowshoe and wilderness ski trails. Biking on snow is allowed in the Oulanka national park with exception of the Pieni Karhunkierros.
In Ruka area two fat bike trails; Hirsilampi winter trail 4 km and Antinperä fatbike route 5 km.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.
Hossa bike trails
Hossa has a great variety of trails year round.
Kokalmuksen kierros trail
Sininen saavutus trail (IMBA EPICS)
Downhill at Ruka
There are three unofficial downhill routes on Ruka slopes, and a lot of terrain suitable for enduro. More routes are developed by local and visiting enthusiasts. More information about routes and riding buddies available in Facebook group Ruka Freeriders.
In summer 2019 mountainbikers can take the VillageExpress-chairlift up to the top of Ruka. See the lift ticket prices and opening hours here.
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