An amazing tour skating experience in Finland on Lake Saimaa

Frozen Saimaa offers an unique experience of tour skating on safe and well maintained routes. Take your pick from several different routes in Linnansaari National Park or the Finnish national landscape of Punkaharju. Stop for a fire side snack and a cup of something warm along the way and enjoy the stunning scenery and fresh air at your own pace. Learn more about the route options and holiday packages on offer below!

Lake Saimaa has one of the longest ice skating routes in Finland. It leads you through Linnansaari National Park and a gorgeous pine ridge area of Punkaharju. Saimaa is a unique area in many ways. For example it is the habitant area of endangered Saimaa ringed seal.

Saimaa Arctic Trail in Linnansaari National Park

Beautiful Saimaa Arctic Trail in Rantasalmi (from SaimaaHoliday Oravi, trough Linnansaari National Park to Spa&Hotel Resort Järvisydän). There are fire places along the route and a cafeteria on Linnansaari.
Routes: from 5 km ca. 20 km.

Oravi – Linnansaari 5 km
Oravi – Pikkulappi 15 km
Oravi – Kaarnetsaari 18 km
Oravi – Järvisydän 19 km

Järvisydän – Kaarnetsaari 3 km
Järvisydän – Pikkulappi 4 km
Järvisydän – Linnansaari 14 km
Järvisydän – Oravi 19 km

Nordic skating tracks of Punkaharju

Fantastic skating track network offers one of the longest ice tracks 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 and runs past the shores of Kruunupuisto. There starting point is 100m away from the restaurant and equipment rental. 15 km of skating tracks, consisting of 3 different routes.

Track to Haataansaari with a nice campfire spot 7 km
Track to the southside of spahotel Kruunupuisto, to Siplahti bay 8 km
Track to Kaarnalahti 2 km

Special features: Waffle café along the skating route

Skating trough the scenery of Linnansaari National Park

Saimaa Arctic Trail – the longest ice trail for tour skating, skiing and winter hiking in Finland

Saimaa Arctic Trail and pancakes

The most beautiful ice trail in Finland, from Oravi through Linnansaari National Park to Rantasalmi, or vice versa. The total length of the prepared route is 20-40 km depending on the weather conditions. The route is open for skaters, kick sparks, skiers and walkers. There are fire places along the route and a cafeteria on Linnansaari (open during winter peak season).

Linnansaari island: cafeteria (opening hours are announced in the journal), fire place, cooking shelter, outdoor toilet.
PikkuLappi island: fire place, outdoor toilet

There are resting places and maps along the route. The routes are prepared and our route masters measure the thickness of the ice. Available also guided trips.

Several route options

Oravi – Linnansaari 5 km
Oravi – Pikkulappi 15 km
Oravi – Järvisydän 18 km

Starting point Oravi: guided trips and additional info

Järvisydän – Kaarnetsaari 2,5 km
Järvisydän – Pikkulappi 4 km
Järvisydän – Linnansaari 13 km
Järvisydän – Oravi 18 km

Starting point Järvisydän: guided trips and additional info

Luxurious accomodation nearby Linnansaari National Park

Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän

Winter Weekend on Lake Saimaa 299 €

Welcome to enjoy the winter holiday and activities in the sceneries of Linnansaari National Park and relax in the historical atmosphere of our resort. The winter holiday includes 2 nights accommodation in a Suite of our hotel, 2 x entrance to the Lake Spa and one chosen winter activity.

Guided activities to choose:

  • Winter day in Linnansaari National Park
  • Tour skating trip to Linnansaari National Park
  • Snow shoeing trip to the campfire
  • Trip to the Kaarnetsaari island by a sleigh

Please choose your winter activity before hand. You will find the selection on the “booking” page, below the customer info form.

Our suites have a livingroom/small kitchen, bedroom and a sleeping gallery. There is a double bed in the bedroom and one single bed and a folding bed for one in the sleeping gallery. The sofa of the livingroom can be used also as an extra bed for two persons. In a bathroom we have a shower, jaguzzi and a toilet. Suites have also a second toilet, hallway and a balcony.

299 €/person/in a Suite room for 2 persons. You can also choose any weekday insted of the weekend.

SaimaaHoliday Oravi

Linnansaari Winter package from 57 €/person

Enjoy the winter activities and beautiful nature in Linnansaari National Parks Arctic trail. Saimaa Arctic Trail runs from Oravi, trough Linnansaari National Park to Järvisydän. From Oravi to Linnansaari ca. 5km as the total leght of the trail is ca. 20km. The route is open for skaters, kick sparks, skiers and walkers. There are fire places along the route and a cafeteria on Linnansaari (open during winter peak season). Check the cafe opening hours from the Journal. On Linnansaari island you can find marked snow shoe trails.

The Linnansaari Winter package includes:

  • accommodation in Oravi Apartments dbl/ twin
  • 2x Saimaa Arctic Trail pass/ day
  • 2 x winter activity sets (tour skating set, kick spark set, snowshoeing set, cross country skiing set or winter fishing set)
  • private sauna for 1h/ day

Additional service: breakfast with room delivery

Sun-Thu: 57€/ person/ night/ in dbl or twin room
Fri-Sat: 59,50€/ person/ night/ in dbl or twin room
This package is available in 1.2-31.3.2019

Oravi Apartments is located in Oravi village, only ca. 100m from rental shop, cafe, shop and the tour skating/ winter hiking trail.

Nordic skating tracks of Punkaharju

15 km of skating tracks, consisting of 3 different routes.

Waffle café along the route

For tour skating Punkaharju offers one of the longest track in Finland, up to 15 kilometers. The track has two different routes and suits for beginners just as more experienced skaters. Alternatively you can choose to explore the surroundings by kicksledge or snowshoes. You can stop to catch your breath and have a break at several spots along the route.

In Kruunupuisto our charming Inkeritalo Café by the lake is open every weekend during the winter season.

In Punkaharju Snowshoeing Park you have eight magnificent and clearly marked snowshoe trails suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Also guided tours are available.

Several route options

Routes lenght: 
Track to Haataansaari with a nice campfire spot 7 km
Track to the southside of spahotel Kruunupuisto, to Siplahti bay 8 km
Track to Kaarnalahti 2 km

Special features: Waffle café along the skating route

Guided trips and additional info

Unique accomodation nearby the tour skating route

Holiday Resort Harjun Portti

Tour skating package from 79 €/person

Book a tour skating package in Punkaharju Finland and stay in our holiday village with great location: Within 200m from Retretti-train stop you will reach our café-restaurant, equipment rental, cottages and starting point of skating route! In the skating package we have prepared everything ready for you.

Skating package for 2 persons 
Price includes accommodation in Standard Tuunaantupa-cottage with own sauna, bed linen put to bed, final cleaning, breakfasts in our café-restaurant and skating equipments* with track fees during the stay (for example if 4 nights booked, you have the right to use the equipments for 3 days). Minimum 2 persons and 2 nights.

2-3 nights: 79€/person/night
4-5 nights: 71€/person/night
6-7 nights: 64€/person/night

Book the skating package from our sales by email or calling +358 44 7550382. Payment of the package is upon arrival, credit card guarantee is required. Free cancellation 7 days prior to arrival.

If you have your own skating equipment and want to book all the other services of this package, this can be done for the price 69 €/person/night (2-3 nights) or 64 €/person/night (4-5 nights) or 59€/person/night (6-7 nights)

*If the skating tracks are closed for some days during the stay due to weather conditions, the customers can use other rental products instead of skating equipment (such as nordic cross-country skiis or snowshoes).


Winter holiday from 149€/person

Staying in an early 20th-century Art Nouveau building, former sanatorium for Russian nobles, gives you a historic touch of nostalgia while enjoying fully equipped rooms, renovated respecting the original. The spa facilities, pampering treatments and excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation in unique landscape complement your stay. There are also several cultural attractions nearby, including forest museum Lusto.

Winter holiday on Lake Saimaa -package includes two to three days to enjoy winter activities on natural lake ice. For beginners an introduction to tour skating and guided tours are available. The package include:

  • Accommodation in superior room for two persons (rooms with private bathroom, TV, telephone, hair dryer, minibar)
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch buffet, dinner buffet) served at the Kruunupuisto Restaurant
  • Free use of spa, saunas and gym
  • Use of skates and snowshoes during the stay without extra charge
  • Track fee
  • Campfire snack in our BBQ house (including hot drink, grilled sausage and campfire-baked bun)

Due to weather conditions the skating tracks might be closed for short period during the season. In this case the alternate outdoor activities will be provided (e.g. snowshoeing or fatbike ridge safari). Other winter outdoor activity equipments (kicksledges, fatbikes or ice-fishing) and additional services e.g. massages and other treatments are available for extra charge. WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge. Parking for free.

The price for one person is 149 € per night (min. two nights) VAT included.

This package is available from 1.1. until 31.3.2019. Book the winter package from our sales service by email or call +358 (0)20 763 9130. Free cancellation provided 7 days prior to arrival.

Transportation and additional info

The Saimaa area is conveniently located and has great transport connections, so your journey will be pleasant, whether you choose to come by air, rail or road.

By plane
Arriving to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is easy and fast from any direction. Lake Saimaa area is located around 300 km from Helsinki. Coming to the region of Saimaa from Helsinki is easy by bus or train connection as well as with rental car. You can hop on a train directly from the Airport station. Ask more detailed information, as bus and train connections from the holiday resort.

By bus
Flexible bus connections are available daily, no matter in which direction you are travelling from.
See the timetables on Matkahuolto, Expressbus, Savonlinja and Onnibus.

You are most welcome the Lake Saimaa area!

The nearest international airport is Helsinki-Vantaa.
Connect flight from Helsinki to
Savonlinna takes around 1 hour.

From Helsinki to Mikkeli around 2,5 hours and to Varkaus, Punkaharju and Savonlinna (the nearest city of Rantasalmi) around 4 hours.

By car from Helsinki to Rantasalmi, Puumala or
Punkaharju takes around 4 hours.

On the pages of Finnish Transport Agency you can find information on weather conditions.