The small town of Kuusamo stands amid the hills, lakes and forests of eastern Finland. It is 5 miles north of Helsinki but only 3 miles from the Russian border and 37 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Visitors who explore the region by hiring a car in Kuusamo will note the characteristic reindeer farms. The surrounding countryside includes the pine forests of the Oulanka National Park where eagles and wolves roam free. It's the site of Finland's most popular hiking route, the Karhunkierros. Another highlight is a boat trip of the Julma Ölkky lake canyon. Kuusamo Airport is four miles to the northeast.
Kuusamo is a major winter sports destination in Finland. Its Ruka ski centre is one of the largest in the country and hosts international competitions. If you hire a car in Kuusamo you'll find that the hills around the town serve as popular hiking spots in the summer and provide renowned views overlooking the area. The town itself is modern, having been rebuilt after the Second World War. The highlights for visitors include an outdoor museum on an old farm, a school museum in an old school and a modern church housing the old village bells, which had been buried underground during the war.
Opening hours: Mo-Su 0600-2300
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
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Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.