Tour de Skate
More than a thousand kilometres of coastline and nearly 200 000 lakes make Finland rich in water. When the waters freeze over, tour skaters grab their blades and head out to the open.
Decades ago, in the Finnish archipelago, skating from island to island was a way of getting around and visiting neighbours in the winter. Nowadays, tour skating is a popular outdoor activity and a great means of enjoying the frozen waterways and beautiful scenery.
Although tour skating is a perfectly safe activity, it can be risky for those not familiar with the terrain and natural conditions. Participating on guided tours ensures you don’t have to worry about safety risks and can concentrate on having a great time in the fresh Nordic outdoors.
Unless you’re an experienced skater and familiar with the route you’ll be taking, never, under any circumstances, head out alone.
Anyone Can Do It – Give It a Try!
Tours come in all shapes and sizes, and both beginners and experienced skaters have something to choose from. Tour organisers hire equipment and make sure you’re geared up right before instructing starts.
Many skating trips include lunch or coffee, but personal snacks are recommended just for the sake of it; everything tastes better when exercising in crispy winter air.
Give tour skating a try – even if you don’t get hooked for life, skating on frozen waters is a unique way to experience Finland’s rugged natural beauty.
The stunning yet soothing natural scenery of Finland is best embodied in Lakeland. The countless blue lakes splintered by islands, isthmuses and green spits of forest provide an unmatched setting for peaceful getaways.