Ruka, Finland

February 2005




Located 100km from the Arctic Circle and only 20km from the Russian border is a little ski resort, Ruka.


This is where we spent a week staying in a log cabin with skiing, snowboarding, skidoos, ice go-karting and saunas on the agenda.


After landing in a blizzard with the hardest thud I’ve ever experienced in a plane, we were welcomed to Ruka with a temperature of about -10deg C.  We came to learn that ‑2deg was quite mild?!


Six of us travelled together where we had a log cabin to ourselves; Graeme & Claire (Katy’s bro & sis-in-law), Charles & Sarah, and us two.


It was an excellent week with perfect snow conditions and absolutely beautiful scenery.  Hope the photos do it justice.




          Our log cabin and around…





Claire off to do the shopping.











Our log cabin came equipped with our own sauna.  Each evening after a hard day’s skiing we soothed our aches and pains in the sauna, then to cool off we ran outside and jumped into the snow.  It was so bloody cold your legs ached running on the snow.  But you felt great afterwards?!?









          Down by the lake near our cabin









          Skidooing through the forest and over frozen lakes













When ya gotta go… ya gotta go!!




Husky sleds… not quite skidoos, but another form of power nonetheless.



          On the slopes


The slopes at Ruka were so quiet, we were sometimes the only people skiing down.





















Having a hot chocolate at the WunderBar at the bottom of one of the pistes.  Although it was -10°C, we were still able to sit outside next to the open fire.  Sitting on reindeer skins of course.




The guy on the right triples as daytime german music guitar playing entertainer, karaoke king by night, and drummer for the local band in his spare time.  You gotta be multi-talented to keep busy in this small town of Ruka.  The guy on the left doesn’t really care!




Couldn’t resist the soup buffet each day for lunch.  One of the flavours to choose from was – you guessed it – reindeer.




          Saying goodbye








And that was FIN FUN!! in RUKA.