Things to Do in Kuusamo with Kids

THE 10 BEST Family & Kid Activities in Kuusamo

Things to Do in Kuusamo with Kids

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  • will_86
    Essex21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decided to try Ruka in search of a different winter holiday experience compared to the big resorts in the Alps. As an experienced skier I wasn't sure if Ruka would be too small for a week's skiing, but I ended up having a superb time.

    If you're used to big ski resorts you need to manage your expectations - this is a small resort, the runs are short and there isn't much steep terrain. But look beyond this and there's much to like.

    The scenery is stunning, especially at sunrise and sunset. Quite unlike the Alps but just as beautiful. The snow conditions were wonderful too - aside from a tiny bit of hard snow at the very top it was packed powder everywhere and perfectly groomed each morning. Though the pistes are short, there is reasonable variety and every run was a delight to ski. Plus, because the resort is small you can find all the best bits and the pistes were never crowded. The off piste was a highlight - weaving through the trees was superb. The floodlighting is very good and in the few places where there aren't lights you can still see because of the light reflected off the snow. Clear ski goggles are helpful though.

    The lift system is good - the three high speed lifts cover most of the resort and though you'll need to use drag lifts at times, these are easy. Plus, in January at least, the queues were at most a few minutes. The only place where a chair lift would be welcome is for Pessari.

    The lifts are open much longer than French resorts - 9:30am-7pm most days, and 11pm on Fridays. This meant there was no rush in the morning and if I fancied a break I didn't feel I was missing valuable ski time. It made the trip more relaxing.

    You do need to be prepared for the cold, however the warming huts spread around the resort are lovely. Plus the cafe at the bottom of Pessari is worth a visit - it's in a beautiful location and is quite quirky inside.

    To make the most of Ruka it's worth trying some of the other activities on offer. I tried ice karting and cross country skiing which were both great. You can also hire ski racers (think toboggans with steering) from the bottom of the gondola in Ruka village for 13 euros most evenings, after the pistes close to skiers. Definitely worth it. Also, if you fancy a hike, try the Valtavaara route which starts near the the Saarua break room.

    Food and drink is expensive, though comparable with French resorts. If self-catering, try the Sale supermarket just outside Ruka Village, next to the roundabout off the main road. It's cheaper and better stocked than the one in the village and it's not far to walk.

    Another advantage of Ruka is the transfer, just 25 minutes from the airport. But do chose your accommodation carefully - some are a walk from the lifts or might require a bus ride.

    Overall I was really impressed with Ruka, it felt well run and organised, and offered that different experience I was looking for. With many resorts in the Alps struggling with snow, there's a big opportunity for Scandinavian resorts in the future.
    Written 24 March 2024
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  • Harald M
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a very impressive visit at the farm, learned a lot about reindeers and their farmers life. After a short ride with a reindeer sleigh we got the reindeer driver’s licence for the next 5 years.
    Written 30 January 2024
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  • tarjak4
    Helsinki, Finland70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The 1 km scenic path along the River Oulankajoki to view the rapids and waterfall leaves from the main entrance of Oulanka Visitor Centre at the Oulanka National Park, about 50 km from Kuusamo and 40 km from Salla (eastern Lapland). The rapids are impressive, and so are the red (dolomite) rocks on the other side of the river. Well worth a visit.
    Written 17 September 2021
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  • mmikko
    Joensuu, Finland1,614 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only guided tours, 15€/ adult, about 45min. Tour was only finnish, not nice for foreigners. You will see brown bears, reindeers, bobcats (maybe), wolfhounds. we didn't see foxes. It is allways sad to see animals at cages, but I understand why these animals are here, some are found without their mom. About 30km from Kuusamo.
    Written 28 August 2020
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  • Ash F
    Epsom, UK45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My daughters loved it here, cost is €10 (no time limit) over 4 years old and since my youngest is under 4 it was well worth it. The place is massive and there was maybe 8 other children at most at any one time so wasn't crowded at all. Allowed my daughters to be able to play on whatever they wanted at any time during the 1.5 hours they spent in there. Completely wore them out and meant we got a good night's sleep, therefore I would recommend it as highly as my eldest daughter!
    Written 20 January 2024
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  • Risto A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome experience for grandchildren ( and us) .
    The sleigh trip was something unforgettable, sun was shining, sky was cloudless, temperature just minus five

    And the guide - she was simly pro!

    The palece, the staff and of course the reindeers, are worth of visiting - HIGHLY RECOMMEND - even Rudolf the red nose lives there -
    Written 24 March 2024
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  • Geesch65
    Goes, The Netherlands550 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What is not really standard in Lapland is horseriding..so exactly what we wanted to do. We booked this location and it was great fun. We were picked up in Ruka and drove to the stables with icelandic horses.
    My wife is experienced driver but I am a nitwit in horsedriving…but it was soooo much fun riding an Icelandic horse in Töllt in the forest Eastern from Kuusamo..
    an absolute must for animal lovers…or horse drivers..special Thanks to Emma and our guide Reeta!!
    Written 22 February 2023
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  • DesertWanderer2014
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is a like a dream, in the middle of the forest lies a private magical kingdom with its own reindeer, awesome sauna, and absolutely wonderful hosts! We experienced reindeer feeding, reindeer rides, incredible dinner prepared by the best chefs, and a sauna experience second to none! Highly recommended for anyone looking for a 5++* experience in Ruka!
    Written 19 March 2018
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  • Camellia P
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a family we came to Ruka Ski Resort and was my husband and my children’s first skiing experience, myself & my hubby had Matthew as our ski instructor who was just brilliant, informative, patient and professional and kept us well informed of the rules of the slopes, we were so impressed! My 15 year old son had a lady snowboard instructor and having never snowboarded before by day 4 of lessons he was comfortably going down the black runs, phenomenal and my 7 year old was skiing beautifully by day 3/4 and coming on the blue runs with us, we are so very impressed, extremely friendly and personable staff honestly can’t recommend enough! The instructors here really care and want you to succeed and thus shows.
    Written 4 February 2023
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  • Arnauld D
    114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We are just back from a week in Ruka with 2 families with kids 11, 13 and 17.
    We have enjoyed amazing moments organized by Tailored Adventure Rukapalvelu Team (special thanks to Eja for organizing it and all people who took care of our group during snowmobiling, karting, dogs and reindeers activity, snowshoeing, river floating,...).
    An agency and team to recommend in Ruka.
    Fun, amazing sceneries, friendly staff
    Written 8 January 2023
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  • Vekolina
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had wonderful skating on the lake with Adventure apes. Very proffesional and nice team. I have to give special thanks to Niina who is the kindest and most helpful person I know! She really made my trip to Finland to be remembered as something beautiful! Thank you Niina once more!
    Written 1 March 2022
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  • Eyald40
    Haifa, Israel7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place! Had plenty of fun! They managed to set a family activity that suited us all, both experienced and non-experienced, young ones (6, 13) and adults. The scenery was beautiful and each one had a chance to ride according to his level, without compromising safety. Horses were cute and friendly, in good shape. Also equipment was of high level and new.
    Written 2 August 2019
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