Sustainable travel in Ruka and Kuusamo

Charm of Ruka and Kuusamo is based on the beautiful and unique nature. Thus the guidelines of sustainable tourism must be taken into consideration when creating and producing services and activities for our guests.

We've gathered examples of companies and activities that use the guidelines of economic, social, cultural and ecological sustainability. Criteria includes for instance: 

The use of renewable energy and recycling. Regular maintenance of buildings and machines to reduce waste. Aim towards ecological efficiency. Availability year-round. Staff is trained and committed into considering different aspects of the sustainable tourism. 

We hope you take the guidelines of sustainable tourism into consideration too!

Tips for sustainable tourism

Be considerate of the communities and environment you visit. Don’t litter. Avoid excessive waste and the use of plastic bottles (you can safely drink tap water in Finland - it's exactly the same stuff as in bottles, often even more pure!). Reduce energy consumption. Unplug your mobile phone charger, turn off the lights. Conserve water by taking shorter showers. If the weather feels freezing outdoors, enjoy Finnish sauna. 

If you are photographing people or their homes, its polite to ask permission before taking photos. If someone says no, respect their wishes. Learn about the place you are visiting, and the people living there. Respect cultural differences. Support the local economy. Buy locally made souvenirs, eat at local restaurants, enjoy the local culture.

Before you go, ask your travel agent about the company’s environmental and responsible tourism policies and support those who support responsible tourism. Use public transportation.  
Ask your accommodation provider about their sustainability practices.

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Services that nourish sustainability and genuity

Many accommodation providers in Ruka and Kuusamo follow the guidelines of ecological, sosial and cultural sustainability even if this is not underlined. For instance Ski-Inn Apartments are part of the sustainability program of Rukakeskus Ltd. Scandic Rukahovi follows the guidelines of sustainable co-operation of Scandic Hotels. Social sustainability is supported by enhancing safety and equality. We welcome and accept you as you are! Concrete examples can be experienced in Ruka Ski Pride and Oivanki Outdoor Education. Cultural heritage is nurtured by Iisakki Village, Pohjolan Pirtti and Isokenkäisten Klubi. 

Ruka-Kuusamo is the home of wild food; most of our restaurants serve delicacies made of pure local ingredients. Many restaurants follow sustainability programs and for instance restaurant Piste, Villisika, Stefan's Steakhouse, Colorado, Ski Bistro and Colorado Express are involved in the sustainability program of Rukakeskus Ltd.

Also tours and activities are aiming for sustainability. Besides the sustainability program of the ski resort, there are many ecologically and socially sustainable activities. Motorized activities aim for nature-friendly choices such as using new snowmobiles with low emission and electric engines. 

Energy efficient ski resort

Snowy winters are the key component for ski resorts. Rukakeskus Ltd is aiming to reach zero level in carbon footprint by year 2020. Long-term and determined work has brought great savings in energy costs.  Rukakeskus Ltd is part of the Energy efficient ski resort project (details in Finnish). 

Skiers and riders are encouraged to use the local SkiBus when arriving to the slopes. There are trash bins in all valley stations. Everyone is advised about safety issues with simple slope safety rules. 

Recycling points

Prisma Kuusamo, Huoparintie 1, Kuusamo:
Glass, metal, cardboard boxes, newspapers. plastic and textiles.  
Sports field parking area, Vanttajantie, Kuusamo:
Glass, metal, cardboard boxes, newspapers and textiles.
Rukanriutta, Rukatunturi:
Glass, metal, cardboard boxes and newspapers.
Käylä Sale, Käyläntie 9, Käylä:
Glass, metal, pahvi, cardboard boxes and newspapers.
Kuusamo Waste Centre, Ouluntie 57 A, Kuusamo:
Residents and holiday cottage owners can leave dangerous waste, electric waste, metal and gardening waste without charge (costs are covered by real estate fees).