Information about programmes

Winter programme season: 1.12 - 20.4.
Summer programme season: 1.6 - 30.9

If you are here in May, October or November ask:
OffRoad -cars, hiking, riding, Nordic Walking, some fishing programmes, saunayoga, biking, Nordic games, sauna programmes etc...

WHERE DO WE START?

Our guide meets you at our Safari Centre in Ruka (address: Rukarinteentie 1, lowest layer of the country yard). You may also ask transfer from your cottage or the pick up places mentioned in the weekly programs (free of charge in Ruka area). 

Equipment, Briefing and Guiding

Ruka Safaris’ equipment consists of snowmobiles and winter clothes which have been developed for the demanding conditions of Finnish Lapland. All mentioned snowmobile excursions include fuel, oil, safari guiding, necessary maintenance and gears.
All excursions are guided by experienced guides and each snowmobile safari begins with a driving lesson during which the participants are briefed on technique and safety rules. Guiding is provided in Finnish, English or Russian. Other languages are available by request.

Clothing

Each participant is given necessary equipment. In winter time the equipment are:  thermal overalls, socks and boots, mittens, scarf, underhood and helmet (if needed) for the duration of the safari and outdoor activity. In summertime our clothing consist of rain wear, life jackets for the water programs, rubber boots and the needed safety equipment for different activities. For the hiking programs please wear your own comfortable hiking shoes.

Payment methods

We accept cash, Visa, Visa Electron, Master Card, Maestro, Diners Club and Amex.

CATERING DURING SAFARIES

At the program description you will see the included catering during the safari. If you have a special diet please inform us beforehand so that we can prepare for that and serve you in the best way. For the private safaries you may add extra services with additional fee. We can provide luxury dinners in wilderness conditions, high class sauna experiences etc. Please ask more information. 

Insurance and Indemnities

Ruka Safaris has valid liability insurance. The snowmobiles are insured as required by The Finnish Traffic Insurance Act. This insurance covers medical care for injuries to the driver and the passenger arising from accidents. Personal injuries and damages to other parties are fully covered according to The Finnish Traffic Insurance Act. Safari participants are held liable for damages caused to snowmobiles rented to them. The self-liability amount is EUR 650 - 1000 per snowmobile/ATV car and per accident case.

Other Terms and Conditions

The driver of a snowmobile or RZR car has to be at least 18 years of age and in possession of a valid driving license. 

Child prices are apply to children aged 3-11 years. In snowmobile programs children less than 140 cm travels with at least one adult in
a sleigh pulled by the guide. Age limit in a snowmobile program and RZR safaries is 5 years (not including Sleigh Ride program, in which the age limit is 4
years). To the family rafting route the minimum age is 5 years and to the wild route the minimum age of 18 years.

Ruka Safaris Ltd doesn´t recommend the snowmobile or snowmobile sled ride for pregnant women. Driving generates vibration and the
snowmobile exhaust fumes can be harmful to the fetus. We don't also recommend river rafting for pregnant women. 

Driving a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol is prohibited by Finnish law. Limit of alcohol level in Finland is 0,5 milligrams.

Ruka Safaris reserves the right to discontinue the safari if a participant is seen as a potential danger to him/herself or to others or is in poor health.

Ruka Safaris reserves the right to change the routing and duration of all excursions if necessary according to the prevailing weather- and snow conditions or if deemed advisable for the sake of safety and the comfort of the participants.

Ruka Safaris winter activities are planned and operated subject to prevailing weather conditions, which are beyond our control. We keep a right the to change the timetables.

CANCELLATIONS

Weekly program
You may cancel the program booking 8 days before the date of the program with charge of 10 € office and payment fees. If you cancel
the program 7 days or less to the start of the program we will charge 100% from the value of the order.
Cancellations and changes should be notified Ruka Safaris Ltd, by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All changes must be made in writing
within the normal Finnish office hours.

Group programs (private programs)
You may cancel the group program booking 29 days before the date of the program with charge of 10 € office and payment fees.
Cancellations made 28 – 15 days before the date of the venue we have right to charge 50% of the programs price. If you cancel the
program 14 days or less before the start of the program we will charge 100% from the value of the order.