The most fun we’ve lately had has been outdoors: we’ve been ice skating. There is quite an amazing difference to last year, when we would go ice skating to places where we could take toboggans for kids, or there was a playground next to, to get more than 5 minutes on skates. This year my 4 yo even skates backwards and jumps and even the 3 yo is happy to skate for 30 minutes before climbing the snow walls!
I like skating outdoors but if the weather is not appealing, there are quite a few free indoor opportunities as well.
The indoor ice skating rinks (jäähalli) in Helsinki have a few time slots were you can ice skate for free even if you are not a part of a team (source in Finnish):
3.9.2014 – 29.4.2015
Wednesdays 1.30 – 3.00 pm, sticks allowed
Wednesdays 3.30 – 5.00 pm, no sticks allowed
Saturdays 8.00 – 11.00 am, no sticks
2.9.2014 – 28.4.2015
Address. Talttakuja 6
Tuesdays 1.45 – 2.45 pm, no sticks
Tuesdays 1.30 – 2.30 pm, sticks allowed
4.9.2014 – 29.4.2015
Thursdays 1.00 – 2.30 pm, no sticks
14.8.2014 – 23.4.2015
Address Pakilantie 122
separate rinks for those with and those without sticks
– rink 1 12.00 – 1.00 pm without sticks
– rink 11.45 am – 12.45 pm, sticks allowed
Ice skates can be sharpened by Malmi, Myllypuro and Paloheinä rinks.
Please find all artificial ice skating rinks (tekojääkenttä) and ice “fields” (luistelukenttä) in all suburbs here.
Long distance ice skating tracks on the Baltic Sea are typically cleared outside Munkkiniemi and Puotila, when there has been long enough proper minus degrees and the sea ice is thick enough.