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Tour skating weekend events 2017

The coming week 8 and weekend from 24th to 26th of February will be busy for tour skaters who want to attend events organized in the lake areas across Finland. These following 4 locations will host interesting events ranging from big international to smaller, local events.

Across lake Haukivesi

Kuopio / Finland Ice Marathon 22-25.2.2017
This international skating event seems to be the biggest in Finland. The event lasts several days, starting with side events like skating for schoolchildren, ice biking and moonlight skating. The race day will be on Saturday 25th, as well as recreational series on the same day.
Definitely an event for those who appreciate the proximity of a bigger town Kuopio, a variety of programs or a real skating race.

Oravi / Linnansaari Day 24.2.2017
The yearly Linnansaari Day offers well-maintained tracks for those who want to skate (or do kick sledging, skiing or biking) through national park of Linnansaari on lake Haukivesi (part of greater lake Saimaa). A true delight of skating for nature lovers in a peaceful natural environment, the most unique skating experience in one of the Finnish national parks. The route of 18 kilometers connects the village of Oravi and Porosalmi resort on the opposite sides of the lake.

Punkaharju / Punkaharjun soihtuluistelu (Torch Skating) 24.2.2017
The route of 6 kilometers is lighted by outdoor candles and “Lumberjack candles”, big wooden torches. The relaxed evening skating goes by the Punkaharju ridge on the the lake of Saimaa, with a waffle cafe at the shore. Punkaharju is located near the town of Savonlinna.

Savitaipale / Skating Day and Torch Skating 25.2.2017
One of the first tour skating tracks in Finland, the route on the lake Kuolimo offers 5 kilometers of skating. Along the day and the evening there will be two shows of syncronized skating and the route will be lighted by torches in the evening.The closest town nearby is Lappeenranta.

There are other locations in Finland that have tour skating tracks and are active in maintenance and communications but do not yet have their special events. Among these are:
Kangasala / Saarikylät
Tampere / Hiking Travel
Tampere / Tohloppi
Kouvola / Kuusaanlammen retkiluistelu

Let’s hope also the towns of Jyväskylä, Mikkeli, Joensuu and Oulu will be active promoting their great tour skating tracks in the future.


Skating in the national park of Linnansaari

One of the best maintained skating routes of Finland is in Linnansaari national park on lake Haukivesi. Crossing the lake from eastern side of the lake from Oravi village to the western side to Porosalmi is 18 kilometers long.

In late February the weather was varying a lot during the weekend, from windy snowfall to rain and water on the track. The track was in great condition after snow was plowed. The ice at the start in Oravi looked very good on the first day of the trip.

Oravi start

From Oravi it’s about 5 km to Linnansaari island where a fire site, a small cafe and this old house is located.

Old house in Linnansaari island

After you leave the shelter of Linnansaari island, the route start to cross the vast lake of Haukivesi to the other side.

Across lake Haukivesi

The ice is thick and even though all sorts of formations and cracks are shown on the top of it.

Thick ice

There are benches along the route with a pretty beautiful scenery.

Bench on the lake

The route is well marked with new maps.

Map along the route

Skating in the national park. Not bad at all. Awesome skating on the peaceful lake. Nice to see same place as from the kayak in summer.

Skating in the national park

The next day it rained and there was a bit water on ice but the track was even smoother to skate.

Great track

Biking was an interesting option, spike tires were very much in demand.

Biking on ice

On the middle of the lake 9 km from Oravi there were this ice wall..

Ice castle on the lake

.. which turned out to be a wind shelter for skaters. The cubes were a bit melted due to the rain earlier in the morning. The wind at this place can be very rough.

Ice cube wind shelter

On weekends the small cafe on Linnansaari island is open during the season. Time for the coffee and munkki.

Skaters' cafe in Sammakkoniemi is open

Sammakkoniemi on Linnansaari island

Sammakkoniemi cafe

Coffee break

Last kilometers in the national park of Linnansaari. Hope to be back next year.

Back to Oravi

Tour skating track in Moisöfjärden, Espoo

In February 2014 the 5,5 km route in Moisöfjärden, Suvisaaristo is open and in very good condition. Thanks to volunteers who keep it open with their small snow plowers. There is a good parking place near Hanikka beach. From the same place you can go to Hanikka ski tracks.

The route was in very good condition on 2nd of Feb., 2014 when these picture were taken. For more information on the route see pages of Saaristokauppa or pages of Skrinnari.

Check also other longer, maintained routes in Finland, the list and map has nice tracks all over Finland.

The starting point on Hanikka beach. People started their Sunday trip whether they were going to skating, skiing or ice fishing.

Hanikka beach start

Near Soukanniemi

The route goes past Amiraalinsatama harbour. On Sunday there was also a ski track by the skating track.

Route goes past Amiraalinsatama harbour

Nice Sunday morning

The route is about 5.5 km long and goes past beautiful archipelago views with nice old mansions and houses.

Enjoy archipelago views while skating

The condition of ice could not have been better.

Very good ice

The route goes between small islands.

Past tiny islands

Tour skating in Linnansaari national park

The tour skating track between Oravi and Porosalmi in Linnansaari national park is probably the longest maintained natural route in Finland. The route is about 18 km long so whether you leave from Oravi or Porosalmi and go to the other side of the lake and back you will skate good 36 kilometers.

The route goes through Linnansaari national park, where else can you skate in national park? Just wonderful. An unique place, absolutely.

The starting point in Porosalmi. You can rent skates, kicksparks, shoes and even helmets from the safari house on the shore.

Start at Porosalmi

A day ticket to the route.


At the start the route is quite a road, ice is well kept and smooth.

Wonderful ice way

You can have the first stop by the island of Pieni-Lappi (Little Lapland). There is a fire site and a nice bench by the route.

First stop at 4 km

The kickspark is ready to go on.

Kickspark ready

After 13 km we reached the hotspot of Sammakkoniemi on Linnansaari island, the most visited island of Linnansaari national park in summer also. I did not expect to see so many skaters, it was almost crowded at the fire site and at the cafe.

Sammakkoniemi rest stop

The tiny weekend cafe was full of people waiting for their lettu (thin pancakes) and coffee.

Cafe in Sammakkoniemi

Along the route were nice benches with blankets on them, nice! I guess because of Linnansaari Day tourist skaters were treated this luxury.

Blankets on the benches

After about 18 km and several stops we reached Oravi in the eastern shore of lake Haukivesi.

Turning point in Oravi

A part of the route has been opened just a few weeks ago.


Coming back from Oravi we enjoyed a moderate head wind. On the open lake, after 36 kilometers it felt like a real exercise.

Against the wind

These characters are watching you while you skate by. Made by Nature.

They're watching you

Kayaker’s paradise in summer, skater’s in winter.

Linnansaari national park

A video from the trip.

My top blog posts of 2011

Thanks for all readers/viewers of my blogs in 2011. Here are my the 10 most viewed blog posts published in 2011. It’s interesting that out of 10 posts 7 are about my paddling trips; kayaking or canoeing. Some of the posts are of my trips done before 2011.

1. National parks of Finland for kayaking and canoeing, Jun. 2011

Typical view when paddling in Linnansaari np

A post of how to choose a most suitable national park for paddling, based on experience on the lake areas.

2. Kayaking in Päijänne national park, Feb. 2011

Paddling along Kelvenne island

A post of kayaking trip to lake Päijänne and Kelvenne island.

3. Tour skating tracks in Finland, Jan.2011


I gathered tour skating tracks in Finland in a map and list view and made a short description of each place.

4. Cross country skiing in Pallas-Yllästunturi national park, Lapland, Mar. 2011


A post of cross country skiing in one of the most beautiful national parks of Finland.

5. Kayaking in Kolovesi national park, Jun. 2011

Kolovesi national park - near Ukonvuori hill

A post of kayaking in lake Kolovesi, one of the most popular kayaking national parks.

6. Petkeljärvi national park in eastern Finland – great place for paddling, Apr. 2011

Petkeljärvi national park - view from Korkeasärkkä

A post of paddling and hiking in eastern Finland’s Petkeljärvi national park.

7. The top 5 places outdoors in 2010, Jan. 2011

Riisitunturi National Park

My top 5 places I visited in 2010 outdoors; Riisitunturi national park, Lake Pihlajavesi (Saimaa), kayaking in Helsinki, Vaarunvuori hill in central Finland and shores of Helsinki.

8. Paddling in Linnansaari national park, Aug. 2011

Leaving little islets behind near Vehkaset islands

A post of July kayaking at the lake area of Haukivesi in eastern Finland.

9. Canoeing in Oulanka national park, Apr. 2011

Sandy beaches are easy to land

A post of the canoeing trip to river Oulanka in north-eastern part of Finland.

10. Canoeing in Espoo – a day trip to the gate of Nuuksio national park, Jun. 2011

Break at the transfer point

A post of the canoeing trip to northern parts of Nuuksio and lake Saarijärvi.

Tour skating tracks in Finland

Update on 18th of February, 2017 – open route information

I collected some information on tour skating tracks in Finland. Only tracks that are over 1 km long and that are maintained by communities, local volunteers or operators are included here. Tracks listed here are on lakes and sea.

Most of the tracks are free, some are maintained by private companies for a small daily fee. Since conditions vary every winter and even daily, please always check the availability of tracks from local sources. The season usually starts early January and lasts until mid-March.

I tried to find information of Lahti, Vaasa, Varkaus and several other places but could not find sufficient information to add to the list. I hope the map and the list helps you to find information of possibilities for tour skating across Finland. The map shows only starting places of the routes at the moment. Notice that some of the links lead to pages found only in Finnish.

Do you have any information of the missing places or other information (routes descriptions) of those on the map/list? Please send me a note.

The list is divided to four sections: Northern Finland, eastern Finland, central Finland and southern Finland.

1. Northern Finland

Length: 3-5 km, lake Nuasjärvi
Location (start): Katinkulta beach
Photos/videos: see video
Other attractions: Vuokatti skiing area
See for more info.

Length: 18 km, sea Bay of Bothnia
Location (start): Oritkari/Oulu, Varjakka/Oulunsalo, Vihiluoto/Kempele
Fee: free
See for more info and status.

2. Eastern Finland

Length: 12,5 km, lake Kallavesi
Location (start): Kuopion matkustajasatama
Fee: free, equipment rental at Ice Skate Rental
Photos/videos: see video
Other attractions: Finland Ice Marathon 22-25.2.2017
See for more info.

Length: 5 km, Oravi – Linnansaari (one-way), lake Haukivesi
Location (start): Oravi
Fee: 8€ / day, equipment rental at Saimaa Holiday, Oravi
Other attractions: Linnansaari national park
See for more info and status and Linnansaari Tour Skating pages.

Rantasalmi / Porosalmi
Length: 13 km, Porosalmi – Linnansaari (one-way), lake Haukivesi
Location (start): Porosalmi
Fee: 8€ / day
Other attractions: Linnansaari national park
See for more info and status and Linnansaari Tour Skating pages.

Length: 15 km, lake Saimaa
Location (start): Harjunportti resort
Fee: free, equipment rental at Harjunportti resort
Other attractions: Punkaharju ridge area
See for more info and status

Length: 5 km, lake Kuolimo
Location (start): Beach of Savitaipale
Fee: free, for equipment see –> Välinevuokraus
See for more info and status

Length: 2,5 km km, lake Saimaa
Location (start): Imatra kylpylä
Fee: 22€ / 3 hours, equipment rental at Saimaa Adventures
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

Length: 7km, lake Pielinen
Location (start): Vuonislahti and Koli
See for more info and status (Vuonislahti village, in Finnish only)

Length: 900 m?, lake Pyhäselkä
Location (start): Koivuniemi beach
See for more info and status (in Finnish only) and a map

Length: 1,5 km, lake Kuusaanlampi
Location (start): Eastern shore of Kuusaanlampi
Fee: Day fee, equipment rental, Seikkailuviikari
See for more info and status (in Finnish only) and a map

3. Central Finland

Length: 1 km, Hiekanpää park
Location (start): Hiekanpää park
Fee: free
See info and status (in Finnish only)

Length: 2 km, Kaatronlampi
Location (start): Kaatro beach
Fee: free
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

Length: 1 km, lake
Location (start): Mikkeli harbour
Fee: free
See for more info and status

Length: 6 km, lake Pyhävesi
Location (start): Mäntyharju beach (pdf)
Fee: free
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

Jyväskylä / centre
Length: 3,5 km, lake Jyväsjärvi
Location (start): Jyväskylä harbour
Fee: free
See for more info and status

Laukaa / Peurunka
Length: 4,5 km, lake Peurunka
Location (start): Peurunka beach
Fee: free
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

Length: 3 km, lake Patalahti
Location (start): HimosCenter
Fee: 5€ / day
See for more info and status

Length: 3 km, lake Roine
Location (start): Haavisto at Saarikylät
Fee: free/optional, equipment rental beside Heikin leipä bakery
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

Length: 4 km, lake Näsijärvi
Location (start): Santalahti and Mustalahti
Fee: free, equipment rental at Hiking Travel at Santalahti
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

Length: 3,2 km, lake Tohloppi
Location (start): Lake Tohloppi
Fee: free, maintained by volunteers
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

Length: 15 km, river Kyrönjoki
Location (start): near bridge of Ilmajoki
Fee: NOT maintained in 2017
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

Length: 4 km, lake Alajärvi
Location (start): Loimalahti
Fee: free
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

4. Southern Finland

Tuusula / Järvenpää
Length: 6 – 15,5 km, lake Tuusulanjärvi
Location (start): Tuusula, Järvenpää
Fee: free, skate rental, Onnela Inn
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

Espoo / Moisöfjärden
Length: 5,5 km, gulf of Finland
Location (start): Hanikka beach
Fee: free
See for status (in Finnish only)

Helsinki / Laajalahti
Length: 3 km, gulf of Finland
Location (start): Munkkiniemi beach
Fee: free
See for more info and status (in Finnish only)

Helsinki / Puotila
Length: 4,1 km, gulf of Finland
Location (start): Puotila
Fee: free
See for more info and status