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Ruka-Kuusamo

BUYER FAM TRIP TO RUKA-KUUSAMO, LAPLAND

June 16 to 19, 2023

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM 

Friday, June 16

Departures from home destinations
Arrivals at Helsinki Airport
Meet your Visit Finland host Mr Jyrki Oksanen at the gate to Kuusamo at Helsinki Airport
19:55 Departure AY 487 from Helsinki 
21:35 Arrival at Kuusamo Airport

Welcome to Ruka-Kuusamo
Every visit to Ruka and Kuusamo is the beginning of a new adventure. Explore the Ruka-Kuusamo region and its nature where unique experiences come to life to the rhythm of the changing seasons. Europe's last wilderness and the cleanest air in the world combined with sauna, local wild food and services in high standard are the recipe for a successful holiday!

Transfer
Check-in at Rukan Salonki Chalets, accommodation in single rooms, one night
Stay in a chalet that is a combination of new, old, modern, and traditional. Possibly the most traditional building material, strong grey log, brings the beauty of a unique and modern architecture alive our chalets.  

Saturday, June 17

Breakfast
09:00 Ruka-Kuusamo presentation
Rukan Salonki Chalets site inspection
11:00 Nature hike in Oulanka National Park with Ruka Adventures
Running through Oulanka National Park, Karhunkierros Trail is Finland's best known hiking trail. The park also has plenty of other paths and trails, including the Könkään keino Day Trip Trail and Kanjonin kurkkaus Day Trip Trail. The majority of Kuusamo's most valuable nature attractions are in the national park. Countless bird species and rare plants, such as the fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa) and lady's-slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus), can be found in the area.
Packed lunch by open fire
Basecamp Oulanka site inspection.
Basecamp Oulanka is a lovely complex of wooden buildings providing comfortable and cosy accommodation in a stunning location overlooking Lake Juuma and backing onto Oulanka National Park, situated in a remote, wonderful, unspoiled wilderness. Here you can explore the wild Finnish nature at its best, all year round. Stay in magical surroundings enjoying a wide range of activities. We are internationally renowned for our environmental and sustainability practices.
14:45 Day as a Finn at Pohjolan Pirtti & Kievari
Welcome to our family ́s countryside estate to experience the Finnish lifestyle. As you arrive, we show you around on our estate. We introduce you the stories of the Sami, people who lived here for hundreds of years before the Finns. We then move on to our main building where we bake together: local flat bread and sweet pastries. The old oven in the more than 100 years old Pohjola family home will bake them to perfection. While you are busy with your chores, you will learn a lot of local history, traditions, people. The Pohjola family gladly shares their stories with you. Dinner of the day is served with your own flat bread and the coffee comes with your own sweet pastries.
17:45 Bear watching evening under the midnight sun with Karhu-Kuusamo
This is a wonderful way to learn about bears and other large predators safely on guided bear watching tours. Bear watching is often done from wooden huts with holes for cameras and binoculars. In addition to bears, you can see other wild animals in the wilderness, such as wolves, wolverines or golden or white-tailed eagles.
Check-in at Scandic Rukahovi, accommodation in Ruka Village in single rooms, one night
A traditional, elegant mountain hotel with all amenities in the best spot in Ruka. Genuine hike- in, hike-out, high-class rooms and apartments, varied restaurant services and popular nightclub, guarantee a successful holiday. 

Sunday, June 18

Breakfast at the hotel
08:30 Transfer
09:00
 Wonderful morning at Palosaari reindeer farm
On a reindeer farm, you can take part in tending the reindeer and hear fascinating stories of reindeer husbandry, one of the traditional livelihoods in the north. Reindeer have been a source of livelihood for many families, and they have also been used as transport in the wilderness with no roads. Even though reindeer are semi-domesticated animals, they are also loyal assistants of their reindeer hosts. Reindeer farms are full of hustle and bustle also in the summer. Reindeer calf ear marking, collecting and drying bundles of leaves for reindeer to eat over the winter and the reindeer roundup in the autumn are the best-known activities during the snowless time of year at reindeer farms, but a reindeer farm's summer includes many other interesting activities.
11:00 Scandic Rukahovi site inspection
Lunch
12:30 SKI INN accommodation site inspection
Head to the Bike Park, hiking trails or services, lll apartments and cottages have easy access to the Ruka Bike Park, trails, and the services of Ruka Village.
Ruka Bike Park site inspections
The Ruka Bike Park is the most versatile downhill biking center in northern Finland.
Up with a lift, down by bike. From the cottage to the slopes and on to conquering the fell. Ruka- Kuusamo provides the setting, equipment and landscape for diverse downhill biking. Trails for demanding customers and beginners, adults and kids, with a technical or casual focus.
DH biking, which is action-packed exercise in a stunning setting, is also environmentally friendly; a carbon-neutral lift takes you to the top and down you come by the force of gravity and your own muscle power.
Summer sled track
Ruka summer sled track is a speedy and exciting way to get to know Ruka in the summer. Take the VillageExpress chairlift up to the fell and enjoy the ride down. Of course, you can also take the chair lift both ways, up and down, and admire the fantastic view. The summer sled track is one kilometer long and made of steel. You come down the track on a specially made sled.
15:00 Easy going e-bike trip with Ruka Bike School
Explore the beautiful nature and views surrounded by the Ruka fell with an e-bike. We have multiple trails, where you can experience nice trail-biking and beautiful views around the Ruka fell. According to the chosen bike-type, and your previous MTB-biking experience, we can choose the best terrain and route to be our destination. It could be Pyhävaara or Valkeisenvaara, or it can be done around the Ruka fell slope areas and nearby trails, which is the easiest option with e-bikes for those who does not have previous MTB-biking experience.
17:15 Ruka Safaris company presentation and Iisakki Village site inspection
Ruka Safaris is a dmc company that arranges all the needed services for groups arriving to Ruka – Kuusamo area. Company has been established in 1988.
Relaxing sup-boarding and sauna yoga with Ruka Safaris
The sup board can be used in many ways. It allows you to do workouts that require balance, relax with yoga and enjoy nature. Or just have fun and even take a dip to the lake. After the sup-boarding, there is one hour time to enjoy the warmth of the lakeside sauna.
Dinner
Check in at Iisakki Village, accommodation in single rooms one night.
From small accommodations for two people in traditional country yard house to luxurious log cabins, we have accommodation for every kind of need. 

Monday, June 19

08:30 Networking breakfast with local suppliers
10:00 Check-out and transfer to Kuusamo airport
12:05 Departure AY 490 to Helsinki
13:45 Arrival at Helsinki Airport
Flights to home destinations

Thank you for visiting Finland!

Flights

Friday 16.6.2023
to Kuusamo via Helsinki

Monday 19.6.2023 
To home destinations via Helsinki

Accommodation

Kuusamo
16.-17.6.2023
Rukan Salonki Chalets

Kuusamo
17.-18.6.2023
Scandic Rukahovi

Kuusamo
18.-19.6.2023
Iisakki Village

Follow the weather

Kuusamo

Bring along

  • Comfortable and weatherproof outdoor clothing
    (including good walking shoes)
  • Swimming suit for Sauna
  • Backpack for daytrips
  • Happy mood

Sustainable Travel Finland

To help the travel professionals to make more sustainable choices when creating travel itineraries to Finland, Visit Finland has developed the Sustainable Travel Finland (STF) programme. The programme is designed for tourism companies and destinations in Finland to systematically adapt sustainable practices. Companies and destinations that undergo the entire programme are recognized with the Sustainable Travel Finland label. The label is a definitive symbol of commitment towards sustainable practices and principles.

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