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  • In the beginning of the Karhunkierros
    In the beginning of the Karhunkierros
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  • View form Ruka peak.
    View form Ruka peak.
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  • Things to Do
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Kuusamo Things to Do

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    by kylamees Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Things to do according to our nature photo trip:
    -Kurkijärvi nordic lights watching
    -Kuukeli photographing (You can find this bird near camping places and near cottages)
    -poro meeting (nordic elks are very usual near the roads)
    Small hiking:
    -Riisitunturi (ca 6 km walking)
    -Iivaara (ca 4 km climbing)

    Related to:
    • Camping
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing

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    by ospa Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Next to Kuusamo there is a great skiing center called Ruka. It has great slalom opportunuties in the winter and nice hiking places in the summer. For hiking ask for "Karhunkierros" -route.

    I prefer Off Piste -snowboarding, but anything goes. ;)

    One of the several sloaps
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Skiing and Boarding
    • Hiking and Walking

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    by mickebear Updated Feb 22, 2005

    This is one of the biggest skiing stations in Finland, with suberb views from the top of the fjell (tunturi in Finnish).

    View at 14:00 hrs on 26.DEC.2005

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    by mickebear Written Feb 22, 2005

    This is not really a restaurant, but take your own sausages with you to grill at open fire at the Ruka Ski center.

    Eating at Laavu

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Kuusamo Local Customs

  • by LJF Written May 23, 2003

    To the Finish people a sauna is not only a social activity. It is equilivant to a shower the best way to get clean and concidered the most Hygienic place in a family home and are quite often even used to give birth.

    Related to:
    • Safari
    • National/State Park

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Kuusamo Sports & Outdoors

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    by mickebear Updated Feb 22, 2005

    28 slopes provide a sure skiing and snowboarding from mid October all the way to mid June, one of the rare of its kind in Europe.

    18 lifts, 28 slopes
    Lift capacity 20900 p/h
    Mountain top 492 m
    Elevation 201 m
    Longest slope 1300 m
    Slopes open daily 9.30 am - 7 pm
    Lifts open for over 200 days per season

    Equipment: Absolutely the best AND most modern place that I have ever used to rent equipment is this shop: Piste Rental Shop.

    They rent everything, from skis, boots and snowboards to face protection, sun glasses etc.

    All major credit cards accepted.

    From front of Piste Ski Rental

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    by nomadig Written Aug 10, 2004

    Karhunkierros (bear circle) is about 70 kilometers long trekking trail in Kuusamo, northeastern Finland. Pieni Karhunkierros (small bear circle) is a circular trail for one day trekking (12 km) in the middle of Karhunkierros. The smaller trail contains several points of interest, such as streams, a waterfall and breath taking views.

    The trail starts at Juuma, 35 kilometers up north from Kuusamo, and guides the trekkers through varying landscapes: from arid sandy pine hills to swamp ponds with blossoming waterlilies.

    The trail is not the easiest one. Some parts of it have wooden stairs and paths, but most of it is still in the natural shape: dirt paths, tree roots and occasional rocks. Have good hiking shoes or sandals, some water and snacks. There is a small cafe at the beginning of the trail, but otherwise there are no commercial services. For food, you may pick your own berries, catch a fish or two and roast sausages with fire in the designated areas -- wood provided by courtesy of Finnish government.

    Equipment: Good shoes, insect repellant, some food, camera

    Stream in Pieni Karhunkierros
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

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  • by LJF Written May 23, 2003

    There is only one horse riding company which goes through the national park. The guides name is Yorma and will take you throught the most amazing places. His with does the cooking - native food (very yummy!)
    The horses are nice and used to the hard work of the trek 5 - 7 hours a day

    Related to:
    • Horse Riding
    • National/State Park

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