The ice skating season is about to start: the Ice Park next to the main railway station will open on November 23rd (if weather permits, plus degrees are ok but if it rains heaps, they may postpone the date). The Ice Park is not free but the entrance fee allows you to participate in ice skating lessons and games as well as hockey lessons. You can also rent skates there. The cafe offers programme such as the family trivia and the acoustic music club.
Since I don’t seem to have an pics from the Ice park (which sounds fancier than it is. It is simply the most central place to go ice skating in quite a small rink. But the cafe is great), you’ll get one from another place with rental skates in Kallio and one from the great big rink from Oulunkylä (with poor open hours for those not in a team).
Later on, when the day temperatures are consistently on the minus, there’ll be a place to ice skate in pretty much every suburb. They typically don’t have changing rooms or cafes but the ice is decently maintained, and they are free of charge. Also, if the Baltic freezes, there are a couple of longer tracks made, one outside of Munkkiniemi and one by Rastila.
The last couple of years we haven’t been ice skating much, it felt too much of a hassle between day sleeps and crawls. But as my daughter got to try her new skates at the end of last winter, I am looking forward to seeing how she does this year! Lucky we can always resort to the toboggan, if the skates are still too difficult.
Edit Nov 21st:
I passed the place where they are building the Ice Park today. It was pouring down, like it has been for most of the time for the last three days. Can you see what they are doing? ICE!!! They are making ice in heavy rain! How in the world will that work out?! (Expensive?)
For the ones thinking I’m out late, I’m not. This is tge reason why it is a bad idea to come to Finland in November: 4pm and dark.