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“Fantastic Lapland Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Easy Snowmobile Safari for Beginners in Ruka
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Kuusamo
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Lapland Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Just returned from an incredible week in Ruka staying in the Rukahovi Apartments which are basically ski in ski out if you're not averse to bumping down a little unofficial slope to get the the lift. We did a 20km husky sled ride, 50km snowmobile safari and snowmobile reindeer trip all with Ruka Safaris who were very helpful and professional. Lots of downhill skiing (we took a 5 day pass) - fantastic snow conditions and some wonderful fun off piste tree skiing. Yes it's not a huge resort, but it's well maintained and there is enough variety to keep everyone but the most die hard black-diamonders happy. Some charming little ski huts on the slopes for a quick hot chocolate and we also had a wonderful meal at Ruka Peak - very special. No northern lights - and we had varying info from the locals (some saying they couldn't remember the last time they'd seen them at Ruka, to others saying there is a 50/50 chance on a clear night). We didn't do a specific trip as the weather was mostly cloudy anyway, but we did go on a beautiful night time stroll down to the lake near the town and watched the stars which was magical. A great family resort, or a lovely romantic spot for couples.

Visited January 2013
5 Thank H0lly1000
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

We went with a holiday group ( we were 8 women & 9 children) for Christmas and stayed in a hotel not far away. A few of us caught the bus that stopped outside the hotel (cost 10 euros each way) to visit the advertised Christmas Market which we could not find! We did ask & look. It was -30. The slopes were lit & looked great, the ski lifts were working and the woman in the tourist information was extremely helpful. They are more than willing to custom fit any manner of excursions/trips/experiences. We had a ball both the huskie & reindeer experiences were family owned & run. What a difference that makes to kindness, caring and personal touches! And as for the Santa & Mrs Claus! not far away in their chalet with elves. They were everything my inner child had always known they were!. :-) Our Children loved them too. It was so cold that my camera batteries kept going flat. However all those that used their Iphones took great photos easily.

Visited December 2012
3 Thank Deborah318
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

All were so close and skitrack and slopes were excellent contitions. There were nice view from the windows.

Visited April 2012
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“High quality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

Ruka is definitely not the highest hills even neither in Finland nor in Europe and definitely not to compare with Alp's.

BUT it has excellently finished slopes, lot of nice small or big restaurants or bars. For example legenday Wunderbar.

At it's best on dark and extremely cold Christmas time, temperatures goind down to -38 C.
Or in spring after Eastern, when there is a lot of room to ski and extreme well prepared slopes to enjoy

Visited April 2012
2 Thank JukkisV
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“the slopes looked great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

don't ski but the slopes looked great and the skiers and snowboarders seemed to be having a fab time. The slopes were never really busy. And they're floodlit to allow for nighttime skiing.

Visited February 2012
2 Thank jools115
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