FINLAND

Ruka Winter Retreat

Snowmobiling, Ruka Fells
from £659 3, 4 nights | Dec - Apr Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • Dec

Overview

Based near the village of Ruka, one of Finland’s premier winter resorts, this short break has it all: superb accommodation, exciting activities and a great chance to witness the northern lights. Choose to stay in a boutique hotel or luxury villa surrounded by the beautiful snow-covered fells and forests of Finnish Lapland.

Highlights

  • Choose from a range of luxury accommodation
  • Take your pick of villas and chalets, large enough for families and friends
  • Enjoy optional activities such as snowmobiling and husky sledding
  • Take to 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. On this holiday you can choose from a range of stunning places to stay, many with far-reaching views across the snow-clad forests of Finnish Lapland. 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. 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
Due to the flight connections in Helsinki, it may be 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 02nd December 2016 to 20th March 2017 you will be able to fly direct between London Gatwick and Rovaniemi twice a week on Monday and Friday for a 3, 4 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.

ACCOMMODATION
We are delighted to offer three special accommodation options in the Ruka area, ranging from a delightful boutique hotel to large chalets and luxury villas providing spacious living and independence. Due to the high demand for these properties, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Hotel Ruka Peak
An exquisite boutique hotel renowned for its cuisine and panoramic views.
With just six double rooms and two suites in the main building, this hotel offers a very intimate and cosy atmosphere with excellent personal service. Boasting fantastic views of the wintry wilderness, the rooms are all individual and decorated in a modern style with natural colours. The mini-suite is larger with a whirlpool bath, while the Ahmo suite includes a private sauna and home cinema system. Half board is included in your holiday, with superb Finnish cuisine served at Restaurant Peak in one of three atmospheric locations: The Wine Cellar, Masto Lounge or Top Terrace. The 3 night break also includes a cave smoke sauna experience built under the hotel for a truly wonderful and relaxing way to end the day.

Rukan Salonki Chalets
A collection of 13 impressive log cabins overlooking a lake.
Located just 2km from Ruka village, these stunning, award-winning chalets sleep from 6 to 14 and come in luxury or exclusive categories. On site is Restaurant Kultala where guests can choose to have breakfast, lunch and dinner at additional cost. It is also possible to have meals delivered to the chalets – you can find out about the various options at the welcome meeting on arrival. There is a regular shuttle bus every hour between Rukan Salonki and Ruka village which is free of charge for guests, giving access to bars, restaurants, shops and ski facilities. For a special treat, we have included a welcome pack to get you started, including tea, coffee, milk, orange juice, chocolate and crackers.

Itinerary & Accommodation

4 nights - Helsinki and Ruka
Day 1: fly to Helsinki
Fly to Helsinki and make your way from the airport to central Helsinki (payable locally – tickets cost 6.30 euros one-way) and to your chosen hotel. The afternoon and evening is free for you to discover Finland's capital city and enjoy one of its many restaurants.

Day 2: Helsinki - Kuusamo - Ruka
From the hotel travel back to Helsinki airport (payable locally) for your flight to Kuusamo. On arrival you will be met and transferred (approximately 30 minutes) to your accommodation. There will be time to relax before your evening meal (if you’ve chosen to add this option). Later take a stroll outside, keeping watch for the aurora.

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 back at your accommodation.

Day 5: depart Ruka
Following breakfast, and depending on your flight time, take the return transfer to Kuusamo airport for your onward flight home via Helsinki.
3 or 4 nights - Direct to Ruka
Day 1: arrive Ruka
Fly to Rovaniemi. On arrival join the coach transfer to Ruka (journey time 2 hours 30 minutes) and on to your accommodation. Time to relax before your evening meal (if you've chosen to add this option). 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 in the sauna back at your accommodation. The 4 night option gives you an extra day to relax, book other activities or time on the slopes.

Day 4 or 5: depart Ruka
Following breakfast, join the transfer to Rovaniemi airport for your onward flight home.
Notes
  • The weather in Finland can cause serious delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Finland will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.

Accommodation Options

Hotel Ruka Peak, Ruka

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

A delightful boutique hotel set on the fell top with ama…

Rukan Salonki Chalets, Ruka

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Self-catering

Set in a wilderness location, these detached chalet styl…

Excursions

Husky Safari - 10km (Ruka Adventures)

Take to the trails on this longer husky safari.

Ice fishing by snowmobile (Ruka Adventures)

Snowmobile to a frozen lake and learn the art of ice fishin…

Ice fishing by snowshoes (Ruka Adventures)

Snowshoe to the frozen lake and wait patiently for a bite.

Snowmobile Arctic Speed Safari (Ruka Adventures)

Snowmobile deeper into the Kuusamo Ruka wilderness for spec…

Snowmobile Safari to Russian border (Ruka Adventures)

A long snowmobile adventure taking you to the Russian borde…

Snowmobile Safari to a husky and reindeer farm (Ruka Adventures)

Snowmobiles, reindeer and huskies all on the same day.

Snowmobile Safari to a husky farm (Ruka Adventures)

Swap horse power for dog power on this thrilling excursion.…

Snowmobile Safari to reindeer farm (Ruka Adventures)

A fantastic combination of snowmobiling and a visit to a re…

Snowmobile Safari with Ice Karting Safari 20km (Ruka Adventures)

A thrilling combination of snowmobiling followed by ice kar…

Snowmobile Scenery Safari (Ruka Adventures)

Experience the breath-taking scenery during this snowmobile…

Snowmobile sledge ride under the stars (Ruka Adventures)

Let the guide do the driving while you search the clear ski…

Snowshoe Hike in Search of Northern Lights (Ruka Adventures)

Search for the northern lights while showshoeing in the sno…

Snowshoeing in Ruka (Ruka Adventures)

Enjoy the winter landscape on this snowshoe trip.

Snowshoeing to Oulanka National Park (Ruka Adventures)

A short snowshoe trip suitable for the whole family.

Starlight snowmobile safari (Ruka Adventures)

An evening on snowmobiles in search for the aurora.

Visit a Reindeer farm (Ruka Adventures)

Learn about the life of a reindeer herder.

Prices & Dates

Hotel Ruka Peak prices from per person

 Boutique Double
Mini SuiteAhma Suite
3 nights direct flight (Fri - Mon) £984 £1,084 £1,285
4 nights direct flight (Mon - Fri) £1,185 £1,325 £1,586
4 nights indirect flights via Helsinki £1,206 £1,306 £1,467

Price includes (based on direct flight from Gatwick) direct flights between London Gatwick and Rovaniemi with Norwegian; airport taxes and charges; return transfers to and from accommodation; 3 or 4 nights in double room at Hotel Ruka Peak on half board basis and a smoke sauna experience.

Price includes (based on flights via Helsinki from Heathrow) return flights between London Heathrow and Kuusamo via Helsinki with Finnair; airport taxes and charges; 1 night at Hotel Seurahuone in Helsinki on breakfast basis; return transfers to and from accommodation in Ruka; 3 nights in double room at Hotel Ruka Peak on half board basis and a smoke sauna experience.

Price excludes transfers in Helsinki from and to the central hotel; all optional activities, drinks and personal expenses.

 

Rukan Salonki prices from per person

3 nights (Fri-Mon)

 2 share3 share4 share5 share6 share
Luxury RS2-3 (sleeps 2-12) £762 £625 £549 £509 £481
Luxury RS4-8 (sleeps 2-14) £880 £692 £594 £535 £498
Exclusive RS11 (sleeps 2-6) £680 £553 £483 £445 £420
Exclusive RS9-10 (sleeps 2-14) £1,197 £897 £741 £651 £592

 

4 nights (Mon-Fri)2 share3 share4 share5 share6 share
Luxury RS2-3 (sleeps 2-12) £881 £704 £609 £556 £521
Luxury RS4-8 (sleeps 2-14) £1044 £802 £674 £601 £553
Exclusive RS11 (sleeps 2-6) £795 £630 £540 £491 £458
Exclusive RS9-10 (sleeps 2-14) £1,473 £1,081 £879 £762 £684

Prices are based on the low season period (02 Dec - 23 Nov 2016, 08 Jan - 03 Feb 2017, 17 Apr - 30 Apr 2017). Other periods have a supplement. Alternative durations and occupancies are available, please ask our Sales team for details.

Price includes return direct flights from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi on set dates; airport taxes and charges; return transfers from and to Ruka; 3 or 4 nights in the chalet on self-catering basis and a welcome pack.

Price excludes all optional activities, taxis, meals, drinks and personal expenses.

It is possible to add meals to your stay at Rukan Salonki. Half board price from £42 per adult and £21 per child per day. Full board price from £65 per adult and £33 per child per day.

Other daily departures are available from London Heathrow to Kuusamo via Helsinki. This includes an overnight stay in Helsinki and onward flight to Kuusamo, for a 3 night stay in Ruka.


Departures

Direct flights from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi with Norwegian air operate on Monday and Friday from 02 December 2016 to 24 March 2017.

Departs Gatwick at 05.50, arrives Rovaniemi at 11.10
Departs Rovaniemi at 11.50, arrives London Gatwick at 13.30

Indirect flights operate on Finnair schedule services from London Heathrow to Kuusamo via Helsinki. Seats are based on certain booking classes, should these not be available a supplement will apply. Due to flight connections in Helsinki it is necessary to stay overnight in the Finnish Capital on the outbound sector.

2017/18 Prices & Dates

Rukan Salonki prices from per person

3 nights (Fri-Mon)

 2 share3 share4 share5 share6 share
Standard Chalet (sleeps 2-8) £940 £780 £701 £651 £621
Superior Chalet, Semi Deteched (sleeps 2-6) £840 £714 £649 £611 £588
Superior Chalet, Deteched (sleeps 2-13) £1,338 £1,044 £898 £811 £751

 

4 nights (Mon-Fri)2 share3 share4 share5 share6 share
Standard Chalet (sleeps 2-8) £1,115 £914 £814 £751 £714
Superior Chalet, Semi Deteched (sleeps 2-6) £954 £790 £706 £657 £627
Superior Chalet, Deteched (sleeps 2-13) £1,603 £1,221 £1,031 £918 £840

Prices are based on the low season period (03 Nov - 22 Nov & 14 Jan - 02 Feb). Other periods have a supplement. Alternative durations and occupancies are available, please ask our Sales team for details.

Price includes return direct flights from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi on set dates; airport taxes and charges; return transfers from and to Ruka; 3 or 4 nights in the chalet on half board basis and welcome snack pack.

Price excludes all optional activities, taxis, meals, drinks and personal expenses.

Other daily departures are available from London Heathrow to Kuusamo via Helsinki. This includes an overnight stay in Helsinki and onward flight to Kuusamo, for a 3 night stay in Ruka.


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