winter Activities in punkaharju
A total of 15 km of tour skating tracks on natural ice. Over 30 km of cross-country skiing trails on the stunning Punkaharju Nature Reserve. Everything within short walking distance of the cottages. Welcome to lake Saimaa in wintertime.
New for 2018: a nature trail with light illumination
In October 2017 there was finalized an illumination project - to a 2,2 km long nature trail, where is now lights to guide you through the dark evenings of the winter, through the ridge area's beautiful nature.
There is also 5 illumination checkpoints, which highlight the beautiful ridge view and landscape. The nature trail goes along the westbank of ridge area, from Hotel Punkaharju to Kruunupuisto, start point nearby Harjun Portti. The nature trail is not maintained during winter, depening on snow situation it can be walked with snowshoes/regular shoes. Cross-country skiing track nearby. Lights are visible during dark, starting from 6.30 and closes at 21.30.
Nordic skating & winter hiking
Nordic skating is an fantastic and safe way to experience lake Saimaa by wintertime. In Punkaharju our skating track is 15 km long, making it one of the longest tracks in Finland. The daily maintained track consists of 4 different routes in the beautiful landscapes of Punkaharju Nature Reserve.
Addition to skating, you can use the track by kick-sleds or walk next to tracks by snowshoes. Check out also our very special Torch Skating-event held every February, when skating track is lighted up with outdoor candles!
15 km skating network on natural ice
2 routes designed for families and beginners (2-3 km long) and 2 long routes for explorers (6-8 km long). By the routes there are several rest places, best of them in Haataansaari campfire spot and a Waffle Cafe along the skating route. See more from tour skating tracks by clicking here. All our cottages are nearby the skating tracks.
Over 30 km of cross-country skiing tracks
Close by the cottages you can reach our well-maintained nordic skiing tracks, which we have over 30 km. Our skiing tracks go along the fabulous Punkaharju ridge-area. Classic style skiing sets can be rented from our rental. You can see the realtime info of skiing routes from following page (in finnish): http://www.harjureitit.net/
Punkaharju snowshoe park
Snowshoe walks give you an opportunity to experience winter nature in a way that is almost impossible to find otherwise. We have created eight magnificent and clearly marked snowshoe trails around the ridges of the Punkaharju Nature Reserve and other exciting terrain.
The trails include alternatives for all ages and fitness levels, and no previous experience in snowshoe walking is required on the easier trails, although Punkaharju Snowshoe Park does provide experienced hikers and nature walkers with plenty of challenges. You can go for a snowshoe walk on your own, with friends or you can ask to go one of our guided walks. See the routes and more info from here.