The pedestrian village of Ruka is unique project in Scandinavia. Plans were initiated already back in 1999 with the Ruka Master Plan. The concept of building a pedestrian village and relocating car park under the village was brought to life with the guidance of the globally renowned Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd, specializing in ski resorts.
Ruka village consists of:
- The older parts of the village; Scandic Rukahovi & Ruka Conference Centre, Restaurant Piste & Piste Rental Shop, Cafe & Shop Pitäjän Pirtti, Shopping Centre Kumpare and Rukapalvelu Safari House & Restaurant Zone.
- Ski-Inn RukaSuites and Ski-Inn Hotel RukaVillage as well as Ruka Ski Chalets apartments.
- All the shops and restaurants at the street level in the village, creating a lively vibe.
- Underground car park for 320 cars.
All local bus traffic takes place via the southern loop; the bus stop for SkiBus, Airport Bus and Karhunkierros Bus is located near Pitäjän Pirtti and Stefan's Steakhouse.
Ruka village: map and services during summer
Traditional summer games such as petanque and darts can be played free of charge in summer game area located in Ruka village. Equipments can be borrowed from Ruka Info, Scandic Rukahovi and RukaStore. RukaStore rents equipment for Ruka village minigolf course and mountain bikes (also ebikes) for routes in Ruka area. It's also possible to rent pedal boats and buy fishing licenses and rent fishing equipment for Kaltiolampi pond from RukaStore. A disc golf course with 18 holes on Ruka slopes and 9 new holes for families near lake Talvijärvi are open. Rental discs are available from RukaStore and Scandic Rukahovi reception. Kuusamo area is well know for its magnificent nature and there are a lot of summer activities available.