In time of ice and snow, Tampere is your winter wonderland. You don’t have to leave the city centre to enjoy winter sports; the smoothest ice skating rinks and sled hills are just a walking distance away! You can also try your hand e.g. at skiing and snowshoeing, just a stone throw away from your hotel.
Please bear in mind that weather conditions affect the activity possibilities, remember to check the updates on conditions from the destinations and don’t venture out on thin ice!
On a beautiful winter’s day, pretty much nothing can beat Nordic ice skating on natural ice. When the ice is thick enough there will be a skating track ploughed on the lake, with a possibility to enjoy refreshments and a bite to eat out in the open air on many winter days. There is a possibility to tourskate on natural ice on lake Tohloppijärvi in Tohloppi district of Tampere. There you can also find a café and a tour skate rental, open on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the skating season. There’s also a lit track in Tohloppi, where you can skate at ease in the dark too. Tohloppi will open Finland’s first wakeboarding track for winter season 2019-2020 and it’ll be open year-round. In the winter, visitors can have fun on the track with a snowboard or a “donut”. You can rent tour skates also from Hiking Travel’s rental shop at Bikini Bar on the tour skating track of Näsijärvi lake. Skating on natural ice with rental equipment is available also in the idyllic lakeside setting of Saarikylät village in Kangasala, a neighbouring town to Tampere.
You can also go ice skating during the public hours at the ice rinks (e.g. in Koulukatu, in Pyynikki area) and if you are romantic by nature, you can head out to the occasionally organized rousette skating events or the idyllic ice rink at the Emil Aaltonen park, in Tammela district. Kiekkobussi rents and sells hockey equipment and women’s skates.
The closest locations from the city centre to do cross-country skiing are Kauppi sports park and the Pyynikki area and altogether there are about 80 kilometers of lit skiing tracks inside the Tampere city limits. If you want to replace the cross-country with downhill, there are slopes for downhill skiing in Mustavuori, Tampere. Sappee Travel Resort in Pälkäne and Ellivuori Ski Center in Sastamala, less than an hour’s drive from Tampere, offer a great variety of slopes as well as the best location for your dream cottage holiday with family or friends.
The ultimate must-do thing in Tampere is ice swimming! The city situated between two large lakes offers excellent possibilities to take a dip in the frozen lake, for example in the Rauhaniemi or Kaupinoja saunas. After bathing in the heat of the sauna, you can plunge into the refreshing water through a hole in the ice, and let the lake cool you down. A bit more extreme and a bit closer to the city centre, in Mältinranta, you can try ice swimming without sauna!
For those looking for speed, there’s a list of favourite sled hills in Tampere further down on this page.
For some winter activities for groups you should check out Hiking Travel!