Ruka

Ruka, Kuusamo: Address, Phone Number, Ruka Reviews: 4.5/5

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Ruka-Kuusamo is surrounded by National Parks, pure nature and comprehensive services. In Ruka-Kuusamo area you can go active on adventures or relax in well-being services, enjoy good food and quality accommodation in stunning sceneries all year round.
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trickyb
Windsor, UK101 contributions
Dec 2021
We went with TUI from the UK. Flight was a bit delayed but the crew had made a big effort to make it a "Christmas-flight" (tinsel, lights, music on the plane), even at check-in they made a good effort. Easy transfer from the airport to our hotel/apartment.

The accommodation (Ruka Suites) was excellent for a family of 4. Decent amount of space, comfy beds, great kitchen, our own sauna and two toilets. It was super clean, quiet and with a nice balcony/view.

Ruka is a beautiful part of the world, great snow & in-resort facilities and the ski slopes are ideal for kids learning to ski. Our boys learned to ski really well (up to red slopes) in only 1 week.

Plenty of restaurants in town (they are all expensive, over £100 for pizza and a few drinks) but quality was great and very friendly staff. Decent supermarket in the resort, it's only small but has everything you need. Not much more than UK prices. Wine is tricky. Anything much over 5% alcohol has to be sold through Government shops and the nearest one isn't in the village, you have a 20-25 minute walk back down towards the main highway (where there is another, slightly bigger supermarket).

We did loads of great "non-skiing" activities (all booked through TUI but I'm sure they could all be booked "in resort". Husky dog sleighing, snowmobiling and (of course) a visit to Father Christmas. They were all really magical.

That's pretty much how I'd sum up Ruka in Winter. Magical!
Written 26 February 2022
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Rhiannon M
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Jan 2022 • Couples
Excellent ski resort, especially for kids/adult beginners. Due to covid all restuarants and bars stop serving around 5pm and closed at 6pm but wasn't a problem. Weather this time of year is excellent and good snow, however can get extremely cold so make sure you pack well for it! The only downside to the trip, was that a hockey tournament has begun over the weekend and the hockey teams cause absolute chaos out in the corridors and in their rooms at night - shouting, screaming, drinking, banging on doors and have no consideration for those who are trying to sleep - especially as there are lots of people with young children, and it doesn't seem to be controlled in anyway. Would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for this. It also poses a slight safety risk as a lot of the attendees at the parties aren't guests of the hotel and are being let in the secure doors by the players. This wouldn't usually be something that I would allow to reflect on the hotel and resort itself, however there are no members of staff around to control the noise or to make noise complaints too.
Written 21 January 2022
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Paul
Warminster, UK3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Ruka is a ski area for I would say the intermediate skier, the runs are not to long or very challenging. Every run downgrade from the ski guide so blue is probably hard green and red a blue. Good novice slope for young children and starter skiers. With magic carpet lifts. Ski shops very helpful and was quiet at the the time of year. February is supposed to be very busy. Equipment was good most of it new. The valley has 3 bars come restaurant and small supermarket. The village has a lot more to choose from. Ski schools are my only complaint about the whole holiday. You could choose from beginner or intermediate. As my wife hadn’t been skiing in a while I book her into the intermediate. No a lot of teaching went on he was no better than a tour guide and others said the same about their instructions. The kids on the other hand seemed to be instructed well. A great holiday and Finland and Ruka is lovely, even if you don’t ski.
Written 17 January 2022
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tarjak4
Helsinki, Finland70 contributions
Sep 2021
We stayed two nights at the Ruka Valley and enjoyed the autumn colours at the top of and views from Ruka. There seemed to be good facilities for mountain biking and other off-season activities, as well as skiing in winter.
Written 17 September 2021
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Tomi Wickman
Helsinki, Finland2 159 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This place is so over priced. Restaurant prices above average with average quality level and average service levels. Great views from the top of the mountain and fun to ride with a slide back down
Written 5 August 2021
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TeWe
Helsinki, Finland956 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Went here for a week of cross country skiing. Very nice experience, a lot of things to do and see. The skiing facilities are very good both for alpine and cross country skiing. A lot of different tracks to choose from, the most beautiful is to go to the top of Valtavaara, amazing views from there.
Written 21 March 2021
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Joel K
Tampere, Finland185 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Ruka is one of the southernmost places in Finland where it is almost certain that one can experience proper winter. Last year (2020) the snowline was not much to the south, although there was also much more snow here. All in all, a great location for winter activities.
Written 28 January 2021
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mmikko
Joensuu, Finland1 655 contributions
Aug 2020
Tightly build area undr skislopes. Not very authentic place. everything is at close range, if you stay at cabins, hava a car.
Written 28 August 2020
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Ville V
Helsinki, Finland23 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Do not make internet reservation to Piste ski rental place. It is slower than the normal process - even if it should be vice versa. Very slow even in off season. Cross-country skiing routes are poorly marked. Good trailing routes though.
Written 2 March 2020
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kberry913
Swansea, UK21 contributions
Jan 2020
This was our first winter holiday and We stayed in a log cabin about a ten minute walk from Ruka, which was beautiful and very well equipped .The scenery is breathtaking and with thermals and ski jackets/trousers we were never cold. There is plenty to do even though we were not skiers or snowboarders.It was nice to have a drink watching them.There are plenty of places to eat put in Ruka. We went on the Gondola, which was 10 euros per round trip as was the village express. The views on the trip and when you are at the top was amazing. There are plenty of excursions, and would recommend.........Ice fishing, husky farm visit(incredible to be in charge of the huskies pulling you on a sledge), after the ride we had coffee, sausages and rolls when we could ask questions. Reindeer farm....... again to be so close to these lovely animals was incredible. With coffee and pastries afterwards it finished off the visit perfectly. Snowmobile safari....2 hours of driving through beautiful scenery and forests was fantastic and last but not least a ride over Ruka and the surrounding area in a helicopter, stunning to see the area from the air. We will definitely be back.
Written 14 February 2020
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