Ruka Ski resort

Kuusamo is a town in Northern Finland. The high season for tourism is the winter when people head to the ski resort Ruka just north of the town. However Oulanka national park located in the municipality is also fairly popular and can be visited around the year.


Tourist Office

Get in

By car

Most people travel to Kuusamo by car. Expect a 10 h drive from the southern part Finland, more in the winter when there's snow and ice.

By train

The nearest train station is in Oulu, from where there are connecting buses timed to train arrivals.

By bus

It takes 3 hours by bus from Oulu to Kuusamo. There are regular connections from Rovaniemi and Kajaani, too.

By plane

There are scheduled flights to Kuusamo airport (IATA: KAO) from Helsinki.

Get around

Having your own car is the most practical way of getting around in Kuusamo itself; this isn't the Capital Region and aside of a few intercity buses a day public transport is non-existent. You can also get around by taxi, but just like elsewhere in Finland it's pretty expensive.

Driving around the during weekend is popular among the youth. Snowmobiling is wery popular in Kuusamo so there are hundreds of kilometres snowmobiling routes. In Ruka village, in Kuusamo, there is no need for cars. The new Ruka Pedestrian Village was finished in November 2010. You can now walk to the slopes from the hotels without any crossings.


Oulanka National Park



There are many handicraft stores at the Ruka resort and in central Kuusamo.


Local specialties



There are many bars and pubs in Ruka and Kuusamo, Ruka is famous for its dance and karaoke bar ZONE.



Locals don't like arrogant tourists, especially when they are intoxicated, so be polite to them and they are polite to you. All you need is common sense.

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