Rukatunturi - or Ruka in Finnish - is a 490 metre high mountain and ski resort in Kuusamo, Finland. In this popular ski area, winter sports have been lifted to a higher level with 35 slopes and 22 lifts. The area around Ruka has five hundred kilometres of cross-country trails and six hundred kilometres of snowmobile trails. At least 150 days a year there is enough snow to make use of these trails.
With 35 pistes – where 30 of them are illuminated -, 22 ski lifts and five chairlifts, Ruka is an outstanding ski area in Finland. The highest point is 492 metres, the longest slope is 1300 metres. For young and old, from beginners to advanced: Ruka is suitable for everyone. Ski lessons are given at all levels and those who want to go out on their own, Ruka provides a wide selection of slopes.
But Ruka offers even more! When the snow has melted in the summer, a unique and beautiful natural landscape breathes its beauty in all its facets. During these months you can enjoy walking on all visible and invisible trails and paths, follow an eighty kilometre long hiking trail and occasionally take a break in one of the small wooden houses along the path. You can canoe, raft, water ski and fish. You can spot birds or see bears, or just sit under the trees or on the water and enjoy the peace and energy that this ancient landscape of Finland provides. In the fall, Ruka shows another facet of her richness, when the leaves of the trees in the primeval forests of Finland slowly change color and transform the soil into a palette of brown, yellow and red hues.
Taiga School is located in the heart of Finland, fifteen minutes from Ruka, by the largest unregulated freshwater source in the country, Lake Kitka, and in the middle of the Taiga forest with its more than six hundred years old trees. From Taiga School you can undertake many special activities, such as ice fishing, sleigh rides with huskies, or immerse yourself in the traditional rituals of the Finnish sauna. You can choose to stay in our log cabin or spend the night in our hotel. Every activity guarantees an unique and unforgettable experience!