Whether you’re looking for the experience of a raw DIY skate park or a new concrete metropolis, Finland has it all. The long, bright summer days (and nights) make Finland the ideal destination for the traveling skateboarder.
The popularity of skateboarding in Finland is growing at an insatiable rate. There are over 21 skate parks in the Helsinki area alone and all the time more emerging. Here are some of the most interesting places to check out on a trip to this eccentric Nordic country.
Set in the backdrop of the Suvilahti power station in eastern Helsinki, this DIY skate park exemplifies the strength of the Finnish skate scene. The skaters themselves have built the park from the ground up. Its design is such that the ramps can be cruised for speed, without the need to push. The park has been a catalyst for other similar projects across the country.
The Suvilahti site is also home to a number of cultural activities all year round, including the Flow Music Festival, which takes place in August. In the same area there are kilometers of dedicated graffiti walls for budding and experienced urban artists.
AuRAJOKI RIVER, Turku
Between the historic surroundings and untouched nature, there are various opportunities for skateboarding around the archipelago region. One such spot lies at the mouth of the river that divides the city. Overlooked by the iconic shipbuilding cranes, this is one of many unique locations to be seen in the old capital of Finland.
The sunny banks of the river Aurajoki offer many great spots for skateboarding.
TAMPERE – CITY FOR SKATEBOARDERS
One of the country’s largest concrete skate parks has recently been completed in Kaukajärvi, Tampere. With huge transitions, flowing lines and an incredible view over Finland’s second largest city, the “Iso-Vilunen” park cannot be missed.
While in the Tampere region, why not take some time to visit some of the beautiful lakes for which the area is famous?
Barbecuing is a popular Finnish summer pastime and many skate parks actively promote the tradition. In fact, a number of skate parks have grills built into the ramps. If you’re planning to spend a long day outdoors, it’s a good idea to bring something tasty to throw on the grill after the session.
an open-minded community
“Skateboarding is just one example of an open community that can be found in Finland. Since arriving in the country last summer, I’ve met many great friends through skateboarding and I’m sure you will too”, says Marcus Nicolson, the author of this article.
all year round
Not even snow can keep the Suvilahti locals off the ramps! While the summer months are the best time for skating outdoors, there are many indoor skate parks for the wintertime.
Photographers: Riku Pihlanto, Samu Karvonen, Aleksi Fräki, Teemu Heljo ja Ignacio Pérez Pérez