Finland: Ruka Winter Activity Break
Snowy fun on the Finnish slopes
Ruka is a ski resort based on a 490 metre high fell in Kuusamo, close to Finland’s border with Russia. It boasts one of Europe’s longest ski seasons, running right through from October until June and it home to the Nordic Skiing World Champions. With 29 groomed downhill runs and 500km of cross-country tracks, those with a passion for skiing will be in absolute heaven here.
Ruka’s centre has recently been transformed into a beautiful pedestrianised village, with a host of shops, bars and restaurants, which create a bustling après-ski atmosphere.
There is a wealth of snow activities for you to try during your Ruka Winter Activity Break, from snowshoeing, to husky safaris and even snowmobile adventures. You’ll sample the best that the local area has to offer as you traverse the snow-covered landscapes either learning to snowshoe or behind an eager pack of adorable huskies.
You’ll be staying at the Ruka Tonntu, a luxurious holiday base that is just a short walk from the nearest ski lift. Choose from comfortable hotel rooms or apartments which boast great views of the resort and relaxing saunas to welcome you in from the cold at the end of your days filled with adventure.
Let’s not forget, of course, that a trip to the snowy North is also a chance to catch a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights. Often seen from the wintry countryside that surrounds Ruka, the Aurora is a truly spectacular phenomenon and something that, once seen, you will certainly remember forever.
Day 1 - Arrival
Your Ruka Winter Activity Break will start today as you fly into Kuusamo airport and transfer your hotel in Ruka. You’ll check into your accommodation before attending a welcome meeting and collecting your winter clothing.
Day 2 - Exploring by Snowshoe
After breakfast, you’ll set off for the first expedition of your Ruka Winter Activity Break on a snowshoe hike. You’ll learn the techniques of snowshoeing before you begin your tour of the area, taking in the sheer beauty of the landscapes that surround you and stopping for warming snack en route.Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Husky Fun
Today you’ll be taken by minibus to the kennels where you’ll meet your husky friends for the day. An incredible half-day excursion on your Ruka Winter Activity Break will start here as you learn all about the huskies before being taught how to drive and handle the sled. An exhilarating safari will follow as you set out in pairs on a thrilling 10km husky ride. Adrenaline pumping and rosy cheeked, you’ll be greeted on your return by a well-earned lunch before a stop to buy souvenirs on the way back to the base.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Reindeer Safari
This morning you’ll be taken to the local reindeer farm where you’ll be met by a reindeer herder and his majestic animals. You’ll be treated to a fantastic 1.5km reindeer sleigh ride, a completely different experience to the husky safari of the day before! You’ll glide through the wintry scenery, enjoying the silent tranquillity, as you take in the pristine white coverings of the countryside.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Aurora Hunt
During the day you’ll be free to do exactly what you choose on your Ruka Winter Activity Break. Enjoy your free time to explore the area and make the most of your time in these magnificent surroundings.Perhaps you’ll take advantage of your hotel’s proximity to the ski slopes and try one of the town’s most famous runs that end right outside your hotel.
The focus of the day will come as the light fades, and you are taken on a sensational snowmobile excursion. You’ll first learn the art of snowmobiling before setting out in pairs on a 30km safari, chasing the Northern Lights as you go. We can only hope that the elusive Aurora will show itself for you on your last night in Finland.
Please note: all drivers of snowmobiles require a valid driver's licence.Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Departure
Sadly, your Ruka Winter Activity Break will come to an end today as you are transferred back to the airport for your flight home, taking with you some incredible memories of fun in the snow, and hopefully some sightings of that famous natural light show.Meals included:Breakfast
- Flights from London to Kuusamo via Helsinki.
- Airport transfers.
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary.
- Outdoor safari clothing for the duration.
- Activities as per the itinerary.
- Travel Insurance.