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Introducing Kuusamo

An excellent base for the active, though neither handsome nor seductive in itself, Kuusamo, in the Koillismaa region, already feels like Lapland, with reindeer roaming the tarmac hereabouts and a frontier feel to the spread-out settlement. Russia’s just down the road, and the border crossing is creating increasing tourism both ways. Wonderful canoeing, hiking and wildlife-watching is available in the surrounding area; nearby Ruka also draws the winter crowds.