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Ruka Adventures

Kuusamo, Finland
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About Ruka Adventures
Ruka Adventures organizes activities all year around in Ruka-Kuusamo area. Our programs are suitable for families but also for groups of friends or for companies. Our activities includes snowmobilesafaris, husky- and reindeer drive, ice karting, ice fishing and snowshoe hiking during winter time. Summer programs are river rafting, ATV safaris, hiking, canoeing and fishing. Nature in Kuusamo is beautiful so you can spend unbelievable time here!
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Fastdan wrote a review Feb 2022
West Midlands, United Kingdom6 contributions
The pick up was on time and convenient for Ruka village, only 10 minutes away. All equipment was provided and seemed good quality. There was a very short briefing on arrival but no forms or insurance waivers to complete. We were given 10 minutes of practice in the karts, which was timed to determine our start position in the following 8 lap race. In our group (adults, and children age 12-14), we were lapping between 32 and 37 seconds, with no prior experience. Therefore, even the slowest among us only had 15 minutes on track in total. Also, if you crashed in practice, it took a long time for the one marshall to get you out, and if you crashed in the race, that was it, race over. This meant you could potentially end up with even less than 15 minutes driving. This is a shame, because the driving itself was great fun.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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2000Rich wrote a review Feb 2022
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom45 contributions13 helpful votes
Holidaying for a week in Finland. My girlfriend and I had a free afternoon in Ruka with the chance to do some optional excursions if we wanted. We chose to do ice karting. Our tour guide did all the organising/booking for us. All we had to do was stand at a designated bus stop in Ruka at a given time and we got picked up by Ruka Adventures. We got taken to their base which was just a short 5-10 minute drive where we got kitted out with all the cold weather gear that we needed. We were then taxied to the ice track which again was just a short 5 minute drive up the road. Once there, we got our safety helmets and instruction on how to drive the karts and how the activity would be divided into practice laps, qualifying laps and race laps. We were then good to go. My girlfriend was a little apprehensive about the whole experience but once she got behind the wheel, she transformed into a competitive, thrill seeking, ice karter! "Just call me Lewis", was her response when she finished the race.....although Lewis usually wins and she didn't! I did... but let's not make a big fuss about that. LOL. Ice karting was great. Speeding around the track and trying not to spin out on corners was an adrenaline pumping experience. We had four people booked on our session and that made racing more challenging as more opportunity to practice overtaking manoeuvres. Everyone involved loved it, even the girlfriend who was initially a bit worried. The lady (sorry can't remember your name- red curly hair from Romania ) who dealt with us at the ice track was very friendly and encouraged the racing spirit in us all. We had a fab time but one small suggestion to help improve the experience. You have a computer and printer on site as you gave us all a print out of our lap times. Why not present everyone with some sort of certificate of the experience or maybe award a rosette to the race winner?
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Charry wrote a review Jan 2022
Leiderdorp, The Netherlands353 contributions114 helpful votes
We booked a couple of activities with Ruka Adventures, the main criterium for booking with them was because some of their planned activities fiited into our programme. We did the husky 10 km ride, which was good fun. However, if you have your own transportation, it might be better to book directly with one of the husky organizations, which would give you more possibilities to choose from. We also did the ice karting, a fun activity to close the day.. Our last activity with Ruka Adventures was the scenery safari. Which is described as snow mobile safari for beginners, where the "route will take you to the most beautiful natural sights of Ruka-Kuusamo area. Midway we will take a break at a wilderness hut while enjoying the silence of the great outdoors. A picnic lunch will be served at the campsite. " However, our experience was totally different. After an introduction of the controls on the snowmobiles we set off, After some time we stopped by the side of the track and we were offered a hot drink and a cookie. Then we drive a bit further, did a U turn and drove back again on the same route. So no lunch, no "enjoying the silence...:" , and as for the scenery....we only have pictures taken at the beginning of the tour at the safari house and at the coffee break. No stops were made in between. I did send an email to Ruka Adventures afterwards, but have received no reply.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Bee C wrote a review Dec 2021
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Took a fantastic trip to the Russian border on snowmobiles. Easy booking from UK. Deposit paid by bank transfer. Great email communication. Balance paid on the day. Picked up outside hotel, as scheduled, by 4x4. Jonna, our guide, was happy and energetic from the start. This was a family holiday. There were 5 of us. 2 parents (in 50s), both 'kids' (early 20s) and daughter's boyfriend (again early 20s). 5 minutes drive to office, sorted out the paperwork and got kitted up in suit, helmets, gloves, etc. Outside for a good briefing on the snowmobiles and we were off. The pace was good. We're all pretty good on machines, so managed to push on well. That said, if we had been slower or nervous Jonna would certainly have managed the pace to suit our needs. We had a lovely trip to a lookout point where we should have been able to see into Russia but the fog had other ideas. Still a nice place to visit. Jonna made sure we had a few stops on the way to take short breaks. After the lookout post we visited a beautiful,remote restaurant for lunch. The reindeer broth was stunning. Finished off with sweet buns and coffee. The staff were lovely. A welcome and welcoming, halfway break. Then headed back over much rougher ground plus some faster stretches of frozen lakes. This was a fantastic, 6 hour trip. We were all quite fit and have driven snowmobiles before . Also, we each had our own machine to drive. Even so, it would certainly suit less experienced riders and the guides are definitely capable of working to the pace of the group. That said, it's definitely not suitable for kids. They would get cold, bored and sore riding pillion. By the end of the day you do get tried and a bit stiff, even if you're in reasonable shape. Back to the office for a quick de-kit and a lift back to the hotel. This was a great trip. We run experiences ourselves and have 5* and 'visitor choice' ratings every year. We know a good event when we see one. Would definitely recommend these guys.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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scrummymummy09 wrote a review Dec 2021
Blackpool, United Kingdom36 contributions22 helpful votes
We have just had one of the best mornings ever with these guys. The dogs are so well cared for, the people running the trip are knowledgeable and friendly and it doesn’t feel hurried at all. We did a 5 km sled. The dogs were so excited, it was exhilarating and a bit scary but also felt very safe and well organised. I cannot recommend this enough and we will 100% be coming back next time we are in Finland. Thank you for an amazing once-in-a-lifetime adventure guys x
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Date of experience: December 2021
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