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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

Ice skating in Helsinki area

In February the natural ice skating rinks are in the best condition. Since this winter 2012 has not been good for tour skating on lakes and the sea, it is a good option to go skating on maintained skating rinks.

In Helsinki and Espoo in southern Finland there are tens of well maintained rinks. See status of rinks of Helsinki and Espoo (updated in Jan.2014). See webpages of towns and municipalities all over Finland of their listings.

Ice rink in Lauttasaari
A separate route circles the ice rink
Nice pictures of old times of Pyrkkä's field
Warm changing rooms are welcome for skaters
Break
Learning
Real pipolätkä (beanie hockey) is popular
Game over

Video of 18th of Feb., 2012:

Tour skating tracks in Finland

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

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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

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

Oulu
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

Kuopio
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.

Oravi
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.

Punkaharju
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

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

Imatra
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)

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

Kouvola
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

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

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

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

Mäntyharju
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)

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

Kangasala
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)

Tampere
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)

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

Ilmajoki
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)

Hämeenlinna
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