Christmas in Rukan Salonki[COMPLETO]

Living the magical Christmas days in Lapland is an experience you will never forget. Stunning snowy landscapes, sleigh rides pulled by reindeer, huskies... We will even get to meet Santa Claus in his secret cabin.

Approximate price per family:
7405 $

Located in the northwest region of Finland, right on the border of the Arctic Circle and near the Russian border, you will find Ruka Village, one of the largest alpine ski resorts in Finland. The Rukan Salonki accommodation complex is surrounded by nature, making it an exclusive and ideal place for those who want to explore on a snowmobile or enjoy a sleigh ride with huskies or reindeer. It is also perfect for those seeking relaxation in the sauna or waiting for the breathtaking Northern Lights. Welcome to Lapland! We look forward to your visit.

Day 1. Barcelona / Kuusamo / Ruka

Meeting at the airport. You will meet with Catai staff who will assist you with the simple check-in procedures. Departure on a special direct flight to Kuusamo. Snack on board included. Meet your guide and transfer to the Rukan Salonki resort (approx. 20 minutes). Arrival. In your accommodation, you will find thermal suits of your size that you can use throughout your stay in Lapland. Once settled, we will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the hotel restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 2. Ruka. Arctic Animals: Husky and Reindeer Safari

Breakfast at the hotel. We will begin our adventure in Lapland with a visit to a husky dog farm. Upon arrival at the camp, we will be greeted by the enthusiastic barks of the dogs. Surrounded by nature, we will be given instructions on driving and safety before starting the sleigh ride. The team consists of two people, a musher and a passenger (you can switch places during the ride). After the excitement and speed of the start, you will soon relax and enjoy the surroundings. Once back at the camp, we can enjoy a comforting hot drink in a kota. Light lunch during the excursion. Traveling through beautiful forests and over frozen lakes, we will arrive at a traditional reindeer farm. We will take a sleigh ride pulled by these charming animals, while the herders tell us stories about their life and livelihood, the oldest in Lapland. Free time until dinner to enjoy the hotel facilities or play in the snow. Special Christmas Eve dinner at the Kultala restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 3. Ruka. Snowmobile Safari

Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to put on your thermal clothing again and enjoy an incredible day outdoors. We will embark on one of the most comprehensive excursions of this trip. First, the guides will explain how to use the snowmobiles (they are very easy to drive) and we will start our journey. Adults will ride the snowmobiles (2 people per snowmobile who can take turns driving), and children will ride in a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. We will enjoy a light lunch during the excursion. Free time to relax in the sauna or perhaps take advantage of the opportunity to do some downhill skiing at the Ruka alpine ski resort, located 15 minutes from your accommodation. Skiing will be easy for you. Ruka usually keeps its slopes open from October until almost the end of May, and many of them are illuminated. Your guide can provide advice on schedules, prices, etc. Ski lift tickets and ski equipment can be purchased by the hour. Buffet dinner at the Kultala restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 4. Ruka. Ice Fishing, Snowshoeing, and Lunch in a Kota

Breakfast at the hotel. We will start another day full of adventures by engaging in an activity that is enjoyed by both young and old. We will walk through the snow with snowshoes to reach one of the best spots for ice fishing in Ruka, Lake Veskajärvi. We will meet the fishing guide at the laavu, a shelter they have on the shore. First, we will receive instructions on how to use the small fishing rods and bait, as well as the "kaira," which is the drill used to make holes in the ice. Then it's our turn to find the best spot and try our luck on the ice. The lake is home to perch and pike, both natural inhabitants. In the laavu, we can enjoy a hot drink around a campfire to warm up. We will have a light lunch in a traditional Lappish kota, which is similar in shape to teepees or Native American tents. Return to the accommodation and free time until dinner. Buffet dinner at the Kultala restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 5. Ruka. Meeting with Santa Claus

Breakfast at the hotel. Today is the day that the little ones have been waiting for. We will transfer to a secret location near Ruka, a small complex of houses and cabins with wonderful winter views. There is a slide area for children to play while waiting to see Santa. In his house, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be waiting for us. We can prepare cookies and Christmas decorations together, and they will tell us about life in Lapland. Each family will have some time with Santa to chat and take photos. Every child (under 11 years old) will receive a gift from this beloved character. With the unforgettable memory of this visit, we say goodbye to Santa Claus and return to our accommodation. We will return to the Rukan Salonki resort and have a light lunch at the hotel restaurant. The rest of the day is free. In the resort, you have access to an illuminated toboggan slide and free-use floaters. On the frozen lake, you can try the Finnish carousel, where one person sits while the other spins it around, and you can also use kick-sledges, the most traditional and authentic means of transportation, similar to sleds. Buffet dinner at the Kultala restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 6. Ruka / Kuusamo / Barcelona

Buffet breakfast. Free time until the indicated time for transfer. We can't leave Lapland without enjoying a relaxing sauna. Sauna is a tradition in Finland. While the Finns didn't invent it, they are the country with the highest number of saunas per inhabitant, with almost one sauna for every 2 inhabitants, and they are the ones who practice it most regularly. Departure to Kuusamo airport. Check-in procedures and departure on a direct flight to Barcelona. Snack on board included. Arrival and end of our adventure in Lapland.

Situada en la región noroeste de Finlandia, justo en el límite de la línea del Círculo Polar Ártico y cerca de la frontera rusa, se encuentra Ruka Village, una de las estaciones de esquí alpino más grandes de Finlandia. El complejo de alojamiento Rukan Salonki está rodeado de naturaleza, lo que lo convierte en un lugar exclusivo e ideal para aquellos que desean explorar en moto de nieve o disfrutar de un paseo en trineo de huskies o renos. También es perfecto para aquellos que buscan relajarse en la sauna o esperar la impresionante aurora boreal. ¡Bienvenidos a Laponia! Esperamos vuestra visita.

Día 1. Barcelona / Kuusamo / Ruka

Presentación en aeropuerto. Encuentro con personal de Catai que os ayudará con los sencillos trámites de facturación. Salida en vuelo especial directo a Kuusamo. Snack a bordo incluido. Encuentro con su guía y traslado al complejo de Rukan Salonki (aprox. 20min). Llegada. En vuestro alojamiento encontrareis los trajes térmicos de vuestra talla que podréis usar durante toda la estancia en Laponia. Una vez instalados degustaremos una deliciosa cena buffet en el restaurante del hotel. Alojamiento.

Día 2. Ruka. Animales árticos: Safari de huskies y renos

Desayuno en el hotel. Comenzaremos nuestra aventura en Laponia con una visita a una granja de perros huskies. A nuestra llegada al campamento, seremos recibidos por los ladridos entusiastas de los perros. Rodeado de naturaleza nos explicarán las instrucciones sobre la conducción y la seguridad antes de iniciar el recorrido en trineo. El equipo lleva dos personas, un musher y un pasajero (pueden cambiar de lugar durante el recorrido). Después de la emoción y la velocidad del comienzo, pronto comenzaréis a relajaros y disfrutaréis del entorno. Una vez de regreso al campamento, podremos degustar una reconfortante bebida caliente en una kota. Almuerzo ligero durante la excursión. Viajando por hermosos bosques y sobre lagos cubiertos de hielo llegaremos a una granja tradicional de renos. Daremos un paseo en trineo tirado por estos entrañables animales, mientras los pastores nos cuentan historias sobre su vida y sustento, el más antiguo de Laponia. Tiempo libre hasta la hora de la cena para disfrutar de las instalaciones del hotel o realizar juegos en la nieve. Cena especial de nochebuena en el restaurante Kultala. Alojamiento.

Día 3. Ruka. Safari en moto de nieve

Desayuno en el hotel. Toca ponerse de nuevo la ropa térmica para disfrutar de un día increíble al aire libre. Realizaremos una de las excursiones más completas de este viaje. Primero los guías nos explicarán el uso de las motos de nieve (son muy sencillas de conducir) y comenzaremos nuestro recorrido. Los adultos pilotan las motos (2 personas por moto que pueden turnarse para conducir) y los niños viajan en un trineo que arrastra la moto de nieve del guía. Disfrutaremos de un almuerzo ligero. Tiempo libre para disfrutar de la sauna o tal vez queráis aprovechar para hacer algunas bajadas de esquí en la estación de esquí alpino de Ruka, situada a 15 minutos de vuestro alojamiento. Os resultará sencillo esquiar. Ruka suele tener sus pistas abiertas desde octubre hasta casi finales de mayo y muchas de ellas iluminadas. Vuestro guía os puede asesorar sobre horarios, precios, etc… Tanto el ticket de remontadores como el material de esquí se pueden adquirir por horas. Cena buffet en el restaurante Kultala. Alojamiento.

Día 4. Ruka. Pesca en hielo, raquetas de nieve y almuerzo en Kota

Desayuno en el hotel. Comenzaremos otro día lleno de aventuras realizando una actividad que gusta tanto a mayores como a pequeños, caminaremos por la nieve con raquetas de nieve para acceder a uno de los mejores lugares para practicar la pesca en hielo en Ruka, el lago Veskajärvi. Nos encontraremos con el guía de pesca en el laavu, un cobertizo que tienen para refugiarse en la orilla. Primero recibiremos instrucciones para aprender a usar las pequeñas cañas de pescar y los cebos, así como la “kaira”, que es el taladro para hacer los agujeros en el hielo. Después es nuestro turno para encontrar el mejor lugar y probar suerte sobre el hielo. El lago es el hogar de percas y lucios, ambos habitantes naturales. En el laavu podremos degustar una bebida caliente alrededor de una fogata para entrar en calor. Almuerzo ligero en una kota lapona, que son las típicas tiendas de los Sami (laponés) con forma similar a los teepees o tiendas de los indios americanos. Regreso al alojamiento y tiempo libre hasta la hora de la cena. Cena buffet en el restaurante Kultala. Alojamiento.

Día 5. Ruka. Encuentro con Santa Claus

Desayuno en el hotel. Hoy es el día que los más pequeños estaban esperando. Nos trasladaremos hasta un lugar secreto cercano a Ruka. Un pequeño complejo de casas y cabañas con maravillosas vistas invernales. Existe una zona de toboganes para que los niños puedan jugar mientras esperan para ver a Santa. En su casa nos estarán Santa con la Sra. Claus, con quien podremos preparar galletas y decoraciones navideñas, nos contarán como es la vida en Laponia. Cada familia podrá pasar un rato con él, charlar y tomar unas fotos. Cada niño (menos de 11 años) recibirá un regalo de manos de este entrañable personaje. Con el recuerdo imborrable de esta visita nos despedimos de Santa Claus para regresar a nuestro alojamiento. Regreso al complejo de Rukan Salonki y almuerzo ligero en el restaurante del hotel. Resto del día libre. En el complejo disponéis de una pista iluminada de toboganes para deslizaros y flotadores de libre uso. En el lago helado podéis probar el carrusel finlandés, una persona va sentada y otra la hace girar y también podréis utilizar los “kick-sledges”, el más tradicional y auténtico medio de transporte, tipo trineo. Cena buffet en el restaurante Kultala. Alojamiento.

Día 6. Ruka / Kuusamo / Barcelona

Desayuno buffet. Tiempo libre hasta la hora indicada para el traslado. No nos podemos ir de Laponia sin practicar una relajante sauna. La sauna en Finlandia es toda una tradición. Aunque los fineses no la inventaron sí que son el país con mayor cantidad de saunas por habitante; casi una sauna por cada 2 habitantes y los que la practican con mayor asiduidad. Salida hacia el aeropuerto de Kuusamo. Trámites de facturación y salida en vuelo directo con destino Barcelona. Snack a bordo incluido. Llegada y fin de nuestra aventura en Laponia.

Rukan Salonki

In Ruka, we offer you an ideal accommodation for a family getaway. The Rukan Salonki cabin complex offers wooden cabins in the middle of nature, where you will enjoy all the comforts of home, luxury, and privacy. All cabins are built with large logs, offering a typical Lapland panoramic view, and inside they are beautifully decorated and fully equipped. Within a 2km radius of the cabins, you will find the center of Ruka Village ski resort, which you can easily reach on foot (approximately 15 minutes) or with the Ski Bus that passes near the cabins (100-300 meters) and takes you to the center of Ruka Village for free. The daily management of Rukan Salonki is taken care of by the family owners themselves, so they dedicate special care and attention to each customer. They use only natural and local products in their cuisine, which can be enjoyed in their charming restaurant, and they also provide added value to the stays with complementary activities that can be done just steps from the cabin door (ice sauna, accommodation in igloos, etc.), always in an individual way, away from any sense of crowds or congestion. The Rukan Salonki cabin complex is located just 5 minutes from the alpine ski resort and winter center of Ruka, which offers a lively winter atmosphere; Ruka opens its slopes from October until the first week of June. Situated in front of Lake Salonkijärvi, completely frozen in winter, the reception building and restaurant are within a short distance from each cabin.

Throughout the area, there are cross-country ski trails for anyone who wants to take advantage and go for a walk in the Lapland forest. It is the ideal place for a romantic getaway. All cabins have a sauna and toilet (one or more). Although the cabins offer pure Lapland nature, away from any sense of crowds or congestion, the nearby Ruka Village area offers a wide range of activities and entertainment, a variety of bars, restaurants, spa services, saunas, and recreational facilities.

  • Sky View Villas - 2-bedroom villas (sleeps 4 people): Newly built chalets, inaugurated in December 2018, constructed with pine wood on the shores of the lake. They have 55m² and two floors. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and downstairs, you will find the living room, kitchen, sauna, and a modern fireplace. The uniqueness of these cabins is that the bedrooms have a glass part, allowing you to observe the Northern Lights, the starry sky, or the snow from the comfort of your own bedroom.
  • Rukan Salonki - Cabin 11: Two log cabins measuring 70m² each. Each cabin has 3 double rooms (2 beds in each room) with private toilet and shower. They feature a living room with a fireplace, equipped kitchen, TV screen, DVD player, and more. There is also a sauna with showers.

Departure December 23, 2023 from Barcelona
Family Price
1 adult + 1 child $7405
1 adult + 2 children $9535
2 adults $7940
2 adults + 1 child $10065
2 adults + 2 children $11905
2 adults + 3 children $13735
3 adults + 2 children $14270
Conditions of Cancelation
until August 31, free of charge
from September 1 to September 30, 15%
from October 1 to October 31, 25%
from November 1 to 22 days before, 50%
from 21 days before, 100%
Contact us for more information
This grand experience includes
Direct flight from Barcelona
English and Spanish-speaking escort guide during the trip
All transfers
Thermal suit throughout the stay
Helmet and gloves for the snowmobile excursion
5 nights in the selected accommodation of the Rukan Salonki complex
Full board (with jug of water included), except lunch on the last day
Special christmas eve dinner
All activities, excursions and safaris according to the program
Reindeer sleigh ride
Snowmobile safari
Husky sleigh ride
Ice fishing
Snowshoe safari
Final cleaning of the cabin
Meeting with Santa Claus
Gifts for children (up to 11 years old)
Complete online documentation and gifts
Travel assistance insurance
Airport taxes
SCIL® experience
It will interest you to know
The order (but not the content) of the excursions may vary from this itinerary.
The prices for snowmobile and sled excursions are based on two people sharing the vehicle.
All the snowmobiles have full-risk insurance, with an excess of €1,000, for which each participant is responsible in case of an accident.
Daily cleaning and change of sheets and towels (not included in the price).
The minimum age to drive the snowmobiles is 18 years old, children under the age will go, depending on their weight and height, in a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile
It is mandatory to be in possession of a car driver's license, valid in Europe, to be able to drive the snowmobiles and take it at the time of the excursion.
Children are considered to be between from 0 to 11 years old
Flight schedule
12/13/2023 Barcelona 09:00 Kuusamo 14:45
12/28/2023 Kuusamo 14:45 Barcelona 19:10


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