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.
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