Adventure in Kuusamo

Adventure in Kuusamo

The city of Kuusamo is located in the northeast of Finland, not far from the Russian border. Outside the city, the area is extremely sparsely populated. Kuusamo is internationally known as a venue for winter sports events. But Ruka-Kuusamo, the "land of national parks", attracts nature lovers all year round.


In the land of national parks
The landscape is part of the Finnish hill country, which merges into the typical fjell landscape of Lapland. Characteristic are the numerous lakes and rivers, waterfalls, gorges and dense forests. Flora and fauna are a fascinating mixture of Arctic, Siberian and Southern species.

In the land of national parks

The area is also known as the "Land of National Parks" because here, beside the popular Oulanka National Park, Riisitunturi National Park, Hossa National Park and Syöte National Park, Paanajärvi National Park is the gateway to Russia inexhaustible outdoor adventure.


A game of lights and colors
Ruka-Kuusamo offers impressive play of colors in every season: northern lights can best be observed from mid-August to mid-April - an unforgettable experience.

A game of lights and colors

June is the time of the midnight sun, while in September the autumn colors (Finnish: "ruska") can be observed. Then the green of the leaves turns into a sea of ​​color from a variety of reds, yellows, lilacs, orange, pinks, blues and browns.


Outdoor activities in the summer
In summer, the original, wild, natural landscape is perfect for hiking, cycling, fishing, canoeing and rafting. 

Outdoor activities in the summer

Through the Oulanka National Park runs the Karhunkierros Trail, one of the most famous and popular hiking routes in Finland. The Pieni Karhunkierros Trail is a shorter version of the entire, 82 km long trail dar.

Tips for shorter tours of Ruka are the hikes to the scenic hills of Valtavaaran and Konttainen or the scenic Pyhan Jyssäys Trail. Those who prefer to move on the water will love paddling on Oulankajoki with its surrounding sandy beaches and lush forests.


Experiences in winter
The snow-covered Fjell landscape, magical Northern lights, colorful sunrises - in the winter months, the Ruka-Kuusamo region reveals its typical Nordic face.

Experiences in winter

As a ski resort Ruka is known far beyond the borders. With 21 lifts, 35 slopes and a ski season of over 200 days, Ruka is one of the largest winter sports centers in Finland.

If you like to run your tracks through the white spaces away from the ski slopes, you will find it difficult to choose between the options. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ski tours are just as much fun as a ride on a dog sled and snowmobiles, ice fishing or ice climbing.


Very close to the brown giant
A special experience is the bear-watching tours in Kuusamo. From May to August there is the opportunity to see the brown giants in the bright summer nights. On the guided tours, you'll get close to the bear and you're safe - an impressive moment!

Very close to the brown giant

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