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Reviewed 22 December 2021

Two bedroom Apartment with sauna, tumble clothes dryer which was useful, bathroom and toilet plus separate second toilet. Wi-Fi and TV in rooms.
Nice dining area with dining table.
Only two hundred metres to the resort centre with ski facilities and Gondola or shuttle buses to other part of resort with lots of restaurants and shops.

Date of stay: December 2021
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Thank David F
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Reviewed 5 December 2021 via mobile

Just arrived back from our stay in these apartments and what can I say but fantastic. Close to the town centre which is ideal when staying self catering. The apartments are very roomy abs have everything you could possibly need. With self check in it’s such a quick process arriving there. The apartments were very clean and well maintained. Couldn’t recommend more

Date of stay: December 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank shannonw907
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Reviewed 7 March 2020

We went there for this February half term, myself a intermediate-ish skier and two improver daughters, staying at block O, a studio with two single and a sofa beds . Previous reviewer said it all. The apartment was clean with all the amenity, even with dishwasher powder and shared washing machine in block Q with laundry powder, enough toilet rolls, kitchen roll, bin bags. Only we wished there were more than minimum mug cups, glasses and small plates, though with dishwasher in our room, I should not complain too much about it.
But the location was not really "ski-in". These apartments are on the Village side of Ruka. Blocks incl. O, P, Q are on the far side from the T-bar lift that takes us to Village. The path to the T-bar is about 100m, but salted and cleared during the day, i.e. not suited for skiing back. Also unless you are an experienced skier happy to be skiing on the steep hills on the Village side, you need to commute to the Valley every day. But during the busy half term, while morning ski schools start at 10;00 in Valley, Gondola from Village to Valley only starts at 9;30 with que quickly extending to 10-15 minutes wait. T-bar taking you from near the apartment to the Village to change to Gondola starts at 9;00, therefore, good time management is required if you need to arrive at Valley for school in time. Also out of 7 days we stayed, gondola was completely or partly suspended for 3 or 4 days! Then bus to Valley from Village runs every half an hour, therefore again, good organisation is needed. If I were to stay at one of these apartments again, I will make sure I will book ski lockers in advance, ideally in Valley side. Carrying my ski kit + my younger one's up and down the hill to Village as we were not sure about T-bar for the first few days or as gondola was not working and we had to leave early enough to catch a bus became a real pain. I was feeling even angry the property was advertised and probably priced as "ski-in", and was not recommended to book ski lockers, which were already full when I realised they were a must! (This will not be the case if you are comfortable using T-bar from Day 1 and do not have time pressure to attend ski lessons.)
Upside of the location is, Village has everything while the Valley merely has a few restaurants mainly catered for skiers during the day, and a little branch of supermarket. Ski rental, lift pass and locker shops are located on both Village and Valley. As they are the same shop, you can rent and return at any of them. There are a few path in between these apartment blocks that lead you down to the frozen lake Talvijarvi. My kids really enjoyed sledging around there and making snow angels on the lake. RukaTonttu hotel by the lake has a lovely restaurant. Though during the half term, without booking you would not get a preferred time for dining with small children at any restaurants. Subway, Koti pizzeria and supermarket were very handy.
Overall, we all loved Ruka. A short 30 min bus ride to airport is a bonus. Valley has husky and reindeer farm as we go down a blue slope, where kids found new love of going up and down the bumps between trees.

Room tip: Apartments close to T-bar lift will make life easier.
Date of stay: February 2020
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Thank NomadicJuggler
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Reviewed 5 March 2020

I stayed at Aurinkorinne with my husband and daughter two weeks ago during half term. Firstly, Ruka is only about 25 minutes' bus ride from the airport which is good. We stayed in D3 which is right next to a drag lift so if you are organised and can ski a bit already, you could ski from the door. We, however, were beginners and really the apartment was not particularly convenient for us.

As others have noted, it is a steep uphill walk to the village, taking 5-10 minutes, depending on whether you decide to scramble up the 'cat's ladder' (see photos) as we called it, or whether you go the long way around. You then have to get a gondola from the village to the other side of the mountain for your ski lessons, and the gondola doesn't go if there is more than a breath of wind, meaning hanging around for a pretty unreliable bus. Getting ourselves to the nursery slopes on the other side of the mountain, with all our gear, every day , quickly became very tedious indeed. I would definitely stay in the village next time, or Ruka Valley (the side of the mountain where the nursery slopes are), as the hassle of getting to our lessons every day really detracted from the enjoyment.

As for the apartment itself, it was really lovely. Everything was new and clean. There were plenty of towels and it was really warm. The sauna was a fun addition and the clothes drying cupboard was useful, (although to be honest, just hanging your clothes on doors would dry them out as it was so warm). There is a washing machine, fridge, freezer and cooker. I don't think I saw a microwave or a dishwasher. One thing that was really missing though was an adequate supply of saucepans. There was one medium sized saucepan and considering that D3 is supposed to be a 6 bed apartment, one medium sized saucepan really doesn't cut it!!

I would say that although it is marketed as a 6 bed apartment, really any more than four people would be very uncomfortable. The second bedroom is tiny, and whilst it has bunk beds purportedly for 3, it would be a very uncomfortable squeeze with 3 people in there and there would certainly be no room for all the luggage. And having someone sleeping in the living room would make life difficult too. I would definitely not recommend this apartment for more than 4 people (ideally two adults and two children).

There is a TV but the range of english speaking channels is extremely limited. Luckily we took a couple of box sets with us, but otherwise we would have had slim pickings! The wi-fi was really good however, and free.

Just a side note, as it was half-term in both the UK and Finland, the slopes were jam-packed with people. Advanced skiers were whizzing past beginners, and snowboarders and ski-jumpers were all using the same slopes. It was a bit disconcerting. We would def go outside of school hols next time.

Overall though the apartments are lovely, warm and well equipped for the most part. If they were only more conveniently located, we would definitely stay there again, but next time we will definitely be staying in the village.

Date of stay: February 2020
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1  Thank Bridget_Guernsey
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Marjo Heikkinen, Asiakaspalvelu at Ski-Inn Aurinkorinne Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2020

Thank you for your feedback and welcome back to Ruka!

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Reviewed 15 February 2020 via mobile

Location is perfect! We stayed in block B which was right on the slope next to drag lift so it was literally ski in and ski out. You could also do this with blocks A, D and E. The others may involve walking a few steps. The apartment was really cosy and warm and the sauna was a welcome luxury after skiing. Well equipped with everything you need for a weeks stay including dishwasher tablets etc. Loved the log fire but really didn’t need it due to how warm the apartment was. We had dinner included and was able to take the drag lift up and ski back down the easy blue after dinner right to our door without any fuss. We took our Amazon Fire Stick so could watch anything from home on the TV using this, (except BBC). Great showers and drying closet a bonus. Overall excellent value for money and perfect location for skiing.

Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank tessar900
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Marjo Heikkinen, Asiakaspalvelu at Ski-Inn Aurinkorinne Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2020

Thank you for staying in AurinkoRinne apartments and thank you for your feedback!

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