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Nordic skating tracks of Punkaharju

Nordic skating is an fantastic, safe way to experience the natural ice and enjoy lake Saimaa in winter! Our 16 km skating track network of Punkaharju is one of the longest in Finland and has suitable, short routes for families and beginners, but also long routes for experienced skaters.

The track starts from the shore of Holiday Resort Harjun Portti, 100m away from the restaurant and equipment rental. We also use a secondary starting point at the some stages of winter, which is 900m away from rental.

In 2022-2023 there is 4 routes, when everything is open:

  • 5,5 km route to Haataansaari island to campfire spot
  • 8 km from Harjun Portti to Siplahti (via Kruunupuisto) and back
  • 1,8 km route around Kaarnalahti bay
  • 2 km route around Valkialampi pond


  • Follow the weekly updated skating info from the diary. Skating tracks are open usually from New Year to end of March, depending on the winter. Condition of tracks change very often.
  • Open the winter routes map from here, check the diary for updated info


  • In Haataansaari-island there is a campfire spot
  • Pancake Hut in the shore of Harjun Portti (new). Pancakes, beverages and coffees on a Hut! Weather may affect opening hours:
    • sat 4.2. 12-15.30
    • sat 11.2. 12-15.30
    • tue and wed 21.-22.2. klo 12-15.30
    • friday 24.2. 17-21 (Torch Skating)
    • tue and wed 28.2.-1.3. klo 12-15.30

Rest of March will be decided later on

  • Atmospheric waffle cafe in shore of Kruunupuisto, open on weeks 7-9 as follows:
    • 16.2. - 4.3., thu-sat 12-18, sun 12-17. Mon-Wed closed

Ticket prices to skating track

  • Day 8 € / person
  • 3 days 20 € / person
  • Season 65 € / person 
  • Children 7-12-years for -50 % discount and children under 7-years for free

Equipment Rental operates in the starting point, ticket fees are included in the skating packages.'

Check out also our very special Torch Skating-event held every February, when skating track is lighted up with outdoor candles!

WATERS OF TUUNAANSAARI (shore of holiday village)

Our route has 2 starting points: Harjun Portti shore (main start) and secondary is southpoint of Tuunaansaari island. This is because the shore of holiday village has usually weak ice (flow of water, called "Virtapaikka" in the maps) and our route goes through this area.

Skaters can trust our provided information about skating through this area, as we monitor the routes daily with ATV's and under the skating route there is thick ice. We do not recommend to move outside the marked trails in this area. We usually start and end the season from the secondary starting point, updated information always in Skating diary.

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