Layer up and get ready for some cool and sporty activities in the middle of stunning Arctic landscapes! Finland’s long, chilly winters create the perfect setting for staying active and enjoying various fun outdoor activities — from snowy adventures to icy escapades. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the northern lights! Check out these five fun winter sports that you should try out during your next visit to Finland:
1. Downhill skiing and snowboarding
Ski (or snowboard) your heart out in some of Finland’s best ski resorts! With plenty of fells and long hills, most slopes in Finland are a blast for families and beginners. Thrill-seeking adventurers won’t miss out, as many challenging off-piste and park facilities are waiting to be explored. Get your gear ready to hit the slopes between November and April!
2. Ice skating
Lace up your skates and immerse yourself in Finland’s winter wonderland as you glide across the ice. Whether you favor the convenience of skating on an urban rink or crave an adventure on natural ice tracks along the seashores and lakes — Finland, with its unique destinations and surroundings, has everyone covered. Make sure to follow signs and safety regulations to stay safe and enjoy the ride!
Snowshoes are a fun and easy way to explore the stunning wintery landscapes by foot. Take a breathtaking trip through snow-covered national parks, join guided tours, or follow marked routes available at most ski resorts. For those with an extra dose of adventurous spirit, trying out a pair of sliding snowshoes (liukulumikengät in Finnish) could bring an exciting twist to the expedition!
4. Cross-country skiing
Did you know that cross-country skiing is something of a national sport in Finland? It’s a great and easy way to delve into the snowy surroundings, allowing you to soak in the breathtaking scenery and calming silence of the magical Finnish winter. For as long as there is snow around, you can find well-maintained ski trails in every corner of the country. So, why not give it a try on your own or join a guided tour?
Who said you can’t bike in winter? Hop on an e-Fatbike and embark on an extraordinary adventure through the snow. Join a guided tour or follow specific bike routes set up in many of the ski resorts around the country. Enjoy the wintery ride!