I traveled in northeast Finland south of Lapland and bordering Russia into area of Ruka and Kuusamo. It was a part of a pre-trip such as its Blogger Experience which I was invited to talk about videos in partnership with Finnair.
Skiing at Ruka
Kuusamo is a town and the name of the municipality within the Northern Ostrobothnia region.
Ruka is regarded as the number one ski resort city in all of Finland.
Era-Susi Husky Farm
The ideal way is to take a 1 hour and 15 min flight. I wouldn’t recommend as it requires over 9 hours driving and there are stretches.
Floating at the Rapids
During winter the place is still freezing! I visited in January when the average temperatures were approximately -10 C or 14 F to a daily basis. You will have to wear a couple of four layers of clothing and at least thermal underwear, and a scarf, hat and gloves in all times!
Snowshoeing at the Oulanka National Park
There are many things to do in Ruka and Kuusamo however here I’m going to highlight what we did and put in a collection of additional things I recommend you look into.
Wild Food Dinners
With over 200 days of snow per year, you can ski in Ruka from October until May. Its worldwide for being a ski resort it is the only resort in Finland where you’re able to accomplish this and where you are able to ski more than half of the year. Together with five of these being chair lifts You’ll find 32 slopes and 21 ski lifts.
If you’ve never snow until they do, or snow boarded have ski college where they may teach you the fundamentals. Also, you can rent all of the gear you’ll need here but I would recommend bringing pants.
They offer from a single run overhaul, just 1 — 10 days pass for people that return often to ski at exactly the season and pass.
I thought the slopes had been amazing! I love those slopes and skiing weren’t difficult. One of my favorite parts went skiing and skiing it was truly magical. Read more!
Oh, before heading out 26, and in the slopes we visited a bar following some hours of skiing to acquire a nice beer!
At Ruka’s resort city, you are able to scale the Kuru Wall. The point is that you can challenge yourself to do something while being at a winter surroundings and is very good for children and to adults.
Everybody matches up in Ruka Village and go back shortly following the program to share a drink and stories of their expertise.
After fulfilling your manual and receiving your security and climbing gear. This includes how to use the correct safety gear and all of the climbing gear so that you are able to climb with confidence, you get.
Following this, you will walk around 10 minutes into the wallsocket. It is ideal to beginners that are powerful enough to work with an axe in the ice and the experience lasts for approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.
This was really one of my favorite pursuits. It is a lot easier than rock climbing. You basically use your feet for you up and also the axes to keep you stable. Its thighs and arms that are 20%. Also your professional climbing instructor describes everything in detail and causes you to truly feel safe.
We started our Sauna tour encounter at the Lakeside Sauna of Lisakki. This sauna is just one of the saunas to be awarded the Authentic Finnish Sauna Expertise certificate.
Your manual will talk to you concerning the Finnish sauna culture and it’s such an important part of their daily life. We were really shown a little sauna yoga by our manual , then once I jumped to refresh my entire body!
Next up we went into the sauna, where we experienced the different saunas — also the smoke sauna along with the hockey sauna. It’s remarkable although the ice skates is basically an igloo which they heat up, it is a distinctive experience!
Next, we visited the smoke sauna that’s the original sort of sauna. It will get really quite hot so as soon as you believe that you can’t take the heat you head outside and take a dip into the freezing lake.
I did this every chance I have, it really is something special that you can’t explain until it tries!
I was excited for our visit to the Era-Susi Husky Farm. This farm includes over 250 huskies! Each of them is filled with energy and prepared to go running in the snow.
Additionally they have horses, sheep, goats, llamas, ducks, ducks, geese, turkeys, bunnies and reindeer as well as huskies. They’re open daily from 10 am to 3 pm.
The 1 thing when you visit, you need to do is choose a dog sled trip. If you’re interested in a brief ride, the farm provides a 2km (35 mins), 5km (60 mins) along with also a 10km (90 mins) ride.
Additionally they offer 20 km (2 hours), 30 km (3 hours) and even if you would like to do something truly special you can have a 2 day or five day husky safari tour.
The puppies are beautiful and lively! You’ll notice the dogs getting excited to hit the snow, when you walk out into the departure area. They like to run! Usually the female puppies will put their male spouses with a lot of popping them down and barking set up.
Also, Susi Nordman or’The Wolf’ is an awesome guy! He gave us info about the puppies that I am considering carrying out a 5 day tour.
I would be lying if I did not say I was somewhat nervous about this region of the experience! The thought of floating with a river of ice sounds quite cold and somewhat unappealing. But the reality is that you utilize. This usually means you don’t become cold and also the encounter ends up being actually quite relaxing.
There’s a guide that explained the way to get in and out of the water and how to float, After you arrive. You are provided with thermal overalls as well as wool socks, gloves, boots and balaclavas and snowmobiling helmets so you do not need to be worried about bringing specialist equipment.
Group sizes are for a four adults and children below the age of four are all still totally free of charge so long as they are more than 160cm in height. And do not worry about cleanup on your own Finnish, the manuals also speak English.
Once everyone is confident about what they are doing, the team moves into the head of the stream. You have two 15 minutes’ periods of floating around the river and the crucial thing is to relax whenever you are almost to the verge of falling asleep. If you’re going to the area it is surely worth looking this adventure.
When there is a location to see in Europe based on Lonely Planet, then you know this is a place worth seeing. The playground is your traditional winter wonderland with snow everywhere and is visited by most tourists all year round to experience its ice and snow wildness that is covered.
The park provides something for everyone at all times of the year and is accessible by car and public transport. As well as snowshoeing and trekking, you can go canoeing to see views of the scenery. Watch out for the rapids and waterfalls as well as several bird species and animal.
We used snowshoes to get the playground around as it’s a lot easier to walk rather than end up falling and slipping . The snowshoes meant you could wander down the river across the Pieni Karkunkierros trail, which will be approximately 12km in length and are excellent to anchor you.
Along the length, we found an open wilderness hut known as the Myllykoski Day Trip Hut before crossing the suspension bridge where there were a few epic places to find some photos — here I took my favorite pictures of the location.
Every evening we ate food dinners! The place we remained at and also ate was Isokenkäisten Klubi, a resort about 2 km from the border. They served us a mixture of reindeer and salmon as well as mushroom soup
Here we Failed smoke sauna and jumped in the Freezing lake!
They is a great location to use as a foundation to check out more of their tasks and have log cabins where you can stay the night at a true home.
Among the things in Finland is that everyone has the right to pick berries and mushrooms that you find in the woods and there are lots to pick from including blueberries, raspberries, and lingonberries.
Then there’s the area’s favorite the cloudberry, called’the marsh gold’. Added to this are the plantations filled with fish like white fish, vendace and sardines locals often catch which and served to their evening meal.
For a touch of the authentic Finnish cuisine you are able to attempt meat products which are smoked including reindeer and beef. You may even have venison and wild boar as well as reindeer kebab.
There are marmalades made from the berries locals collect as well as a selection of sprout products which have syrups and vinegar.
The majority of the crops are bigger on account of the limited time to develop but what they lack in size, they make up for with taste!
The last night in Kuusamo following the sauna tour we did a food dinner at Kultana Ruka Salonki Kangas that the chef. The restaurant was situated in the little house that was covered in snow.
The food started with a tasty vegetable soup and the main course was salmon which was cooked on the fire served with veggies berries and a sweet sauce. It was so great!
Two of the 3 nights, I Remained in the Ski Inn at Ruka.
So there’s accommodation to suit a variety of sized groups including children they supply numerous distinct villas.
Each one of rental cottages or the apartments have their own sauna in addition to a terrace or balcony with views throughout the area. Free Wi-Fi is contained with all the rooms so you are able to keep up to date with friends and loved ones.
The Inn is also made to cater to ski lovers, as its name suggests. There’s a drying cupboard and upkeep space that residents have access to as well as a ski locker.
Additionally, there are dishwasher and microwave facilities for all those fast, warm you up snacks when you return from the slopes. The Inn is a brief walk from the lifts and trails as well as being at town so you are able to delight in the areas to eat and drink which Ruka has to offer you.
Ruka and Kuusamo exceeded my expectations! That which I did I enjoyed everything and to the first time I’d on this trip! If I was planning to Ruka and Kuusamo I’d say you want 7.
You head out to get another activity every day and are able to ski every morning. Both things I’d love to have done which I recommend you add to the list is summer months and summer fishing.
I worked on this Excursion Together with Nobis, Victorinox, All the Matka Nordic Blogger Expertise and Finnair.
Also a big thanks to my new buddies, to making my trip extra special Su, Tara, Derek, Marcos, Hendrik and Nathaniel. All opinions are my own!