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.
A day ticket to the route.
At the start the route is quite a road, ice is well kept and smooth.
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.
The kickspark is ready to go on.
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.
The tiny weekend cafe was full of people waiting for their lettu (thin pancakes) and coffee.
Along the route were nice benches with blankets on them, nice! I guess because of Linnansaari Day tourist skaters were treated this luxury.
After about 18 km and several stops we reached Oravi in the eastern shore of lake Haukivesi.
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.
These characters are watching you while you skate by. Made by Nature.
Kayaker’s paradise in summer, skater’s in winter.
A video from the trip.