Exciting Things to Do in Kuusamo for Thrill Seekers

THE 5 BEST Extreme Activities & Thrilling Things to Do in Kuusamo

Exciting Things to Do in Kuusamo for Thrill Seekers

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  • will_86
    Essex24 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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  • 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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  • Michael K
    Torremolinos, Spain25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experiences with Huskies and Snowmobiles in Ruka. We had some great days and the best guide Juan.

    Monday huskies ride! Fantastic

    Tuesday SnowMobiles and Reinders farm visit and ride.
    Written 2 April 2024
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  • Camellia P
    21 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
    28 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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