Things to do & see in Ruka
Thanks to its great snow record and diverse landscape, Ruka’s one of Finland’s main centres for winter sports. There really is something for everyone, from skiing, ice karting and ice climbing to snowshoeing and ice fishing if you prefer something a little more chilled (no pun intended!). If pampered bliss is more your cup of glögi, head to the newly opened spa or tropical swimming pools.
For the ultimate natural experience, take a moonlight tour in search of the legendary Northern Lights. Of course, it would be rude to come to Lapland and not pay a visit to Father Christmas... Santa’s secret cottage is just a short ride away so whether you’re travelling with kids or just want to let out your inner child, be sure to stop by to pay the big man a visit.
Travel out to one of the many spectacular frozen lakes around Ruka to have a go at ice fishing. Some guides will even help you prepare and cook your catches over an open fire aftwerwards!
Take a snowmobile ride to the impressive Korouoma ravine – 20km wide and 100m deep – to try your hand at ice climbing! Not for the faint of heart…
Go Karting with a twist! Pit yourselves against one another on what is surely one of the ‘coolest’ racetracks in the world.
Ruka Day Spa
The recently opened day spa at Ruka offers a range of traditional spa treatments and also the chance to experience Lappish stone or berry treatments.
Tropical Swimming Pool
The Holiday Club in Kuusamo has a fantastic tropical pool complex. Check it out if you like the idea of relaxing in a warm pool whilst it’s well below freezing outside!
Ruka is one of the best places in the world to search for the Northern Lights. Take a night time trip into the surrounding wilderness via reindeer, husky, snowshoe or snowmobile, and keep those fingers crossed!