Based near the village of Ruka, one of Finland’s premier winter resorts, this short break has it all with a great range of exciting activities, chances to witness the northern lights and a stay at Chalet Ruka Peak, a stunning boutique hotel set high on the fells with spectacular views over the snow clad forests below. With just 8 rooms and suites, a smoke sauna experience and fine restaurant, this short break is perfect for couples wanting a flavour of Arctic life.
- Stunning views from the hotel
- Enjoy optional activities such as snowmobiling and husky sledding
- Near the world-class pistes at Finland’s top ski resort
- Keep watch for the northern lights
- Option of direct flight to Finnish Lapland
- Spend a night in Helsinki with the option to extend your stay
Wilderness views and the northern lights
The fells, forests and frozen lakes surrounding Ruka provide a tranquil setting for a winter escape with a touch of luxury. And by spending several nights in such a pristine location, away from artificial light pollution, you’ll increase your chances of seeing the elusive aurora borealis.
Winter activities in Ruka
Ruka offers a wealth of winter activities, including snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Popular choices are the snowmobile excursions which combine a visit to either a reindeer farm or husky kennels so you can sample two or three different activities in one go. Activities can be booked in advance and will collect and return you from the hotel. The resort offers fantastic downhill skiing with pistes suitable for all abilities located just a short distance from your accommodation.
Extend your stay in Helsinki
If you decide to travel on scheduled flights via Helsinki, the connections may make it necessary to spend the first night of your holiday in the Finnish capital before continuing to Kuusamo airport the following day. We can arrange for you to spend longer in Helsinki to experience this beautiful city during winter when locals take to the streets and frozen shores on skis, ice skates and sledges. Must-see sites include the fortress of Suomenlinna, while Christmas markets lend a festive atmosphere during December.
Direct flight to Rovaniemi
From 30th October 2017 to 23rd March 2018 you can fly direct between London Gatwick and Rovaniemi three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a 3, 4, 5 or 7 night break. Transfers can be arranged to take you to Ruka (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes), removing the inconvenience of stopping overnight in Helsinki. Please ask our Sales team for more information.
Boutique Hotel Ruka Peak
The hotel is located just a few minutes from the town centre on top of the Ruka fell next to the ski slopes with a great view of Lappish scenery. In total it has six double or twin rooms and two suites, all offering a high standard of accommodation and Restaurant Peak serves modern Scandinavian cuisine. The dining room and top terrace have stunning views, the perfect place to unwind after a day of activities.
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Itinerary & Accommodation
- 3 night Itinerary (based on Friday departure)
Day 1: arrive Ruka
Fly to Rovaniemi. On arrival join the coach transfer to Ruka centre (journey time 2 hours 30 minutes), then change transfer to your accommodation. Time to relax before your evening meal. Later take a stroll outside keeping watch for the aurora or warm up in the sauna.
Day 2-3: Winter activities in Ruka
After breakfast each day, take your pick of optional activities such as snowmobiling, husky sledding, snowshoeing and a visit to a reindeer farm. Some can be combined in a single tour. Try out the ski slopes and relax at the hotel. We recommend to pre-book activities.
Day 4: depart Ruka
Following an early breakfast, join the transfer to Rovaniemi airport for your onward flight home.
The 4 night itinerary (based on Monday arrival) includes an extra day of optional activities or a day on the slopes.
- 4 night Itinerary including Helsinki
Day 1: arrive in Helsinki
Fly to Helsinki. On arrival make your way (payable locally) by the Finnair city bus or train service to the city centre, then proceed to the hotel for a 1 night stay on breakfast basis. Additional nights can be added. The afternoon and evening is free to explore the city sights and choose from a selection of wonderful restaurants.
Day 2: Helsinki to Ruka
Make your way back to Helsinki airport (payable locally) in time for the onward flight to Kuusamo. On arrival you are met and transferred to Hotel Ruka Peak (approx. 35 minutes). Time to relax before your evening meal. Later take a stroll outside keeping watch for the aurora or warm up in the sauna.
Day 3-4: Winter activities in Ruka
After breakfast each day, take your pick of optional activities such as snowmobiling, husky sledding, snowshoeing and a visit to a reindeer farm. Some can be combined in a single tour. Try out the ski slopes and relax in the sauna at the hotel.
Day 5: depart Ruka
Join the transfer to Kuusamo airport for your flight home via Helsinki.
Prices & Dates
Based on direct flight Gatwick to Rovaniemi
|Prices are per person based on two sharing||3 nights (Fri-Mon)||4 nights (Mon-Fri)|
Price includes: return flights between London Gatwick and Rovaniemi with Norwegian; airport charges and taxes; shuttle bus transfer from Rovaniemi airport to Ruka centre; onward transfer to Hotel Ruka Peak; 3 nights accommodation based on half board (breakfast and dinner); cave smoke sauna experience; transfers back to Rovaniemi airport.
Price excludes: optional activities; meals other than those stated; drinks; personal expenses.
Direct flights between London Gatwick and Rovaniemi operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Norwegian Airlines from 01st November to 23rd March.
Based on flights from London Heathrow to Kuusamo via Helsinki
|Prices are per person based on two sharing||4 nights|
Price includes: flight from London Heathrow to Helsinki with Finnair; 1 night accommodation in Helsinki at Glo Hotel Art on breakfast basis; flight from Helsinki to Kuusamo; all airport charges and taxes; transfer to Hotel Ruka Peak; 3 nights accommodation based on half board (breakfast and dinner); cave smoke sauna experience; transfer to Kuusamo airport; flight from Kuusamo to Heathrow via Helsinki.
Price excludes: return transport between Helsinki airport and city hotel; optional activities; meals other than those stated; drinks; personal expenses.
Flights from London Heathrow to Helsinki operate daily, with limited flight connections to Kuusamo. Please ask our Sales team for flight information.
Please note, all prices are subject to availability and based on a specific airline booking class. If this is not available at time of booking, supplements may apply.
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