5 Places to Ice Skate Outdoors in Helsinki

There are so many beautiful places to skate and ski around Helsinki in winter. This site has an interactive map with dozens of ski, skate and swimming locations around the capital and throughout Finland. You can easily search by activity, location or condition of the facility- mainly when snow was last cleared off the ice.

Here’s five of my favourites.

1. Munkiniemi


Vibe: There’s nothing quite like ice skating on the sea. The track is so expansive that you can really enjoy the flow of skating, however the size and fact that the ice isn’t regularly maintained makes it a difficult place for beginners to skate.

Cost: Free but there are no skate rentals

Size: A huge circular track


2. Eläintarha Athletic Field


Vibe: I first noticed this track when I was taking the train home- the main train lines run right past the field. I can’t wait to get out and try it!

Cost: Free but no skate rentals

Size: The whole running track has been converted to a large circular ice rink



3. Jääpuisto: Ice Park Helsinki


Vibe: This is probably the most well known and central ice rink in Helsinki. It’s right next to the railway station and often crowded. While it’s one of the smaller ice rinks I’ve been to, it does have a great jovial atmosphere with music blasting out across the rink and beautiful buildings surrounding it.

Cost: Around 6€ for skating and another 6€ for skate rental

Size: Small and practically always crowded



4. Kalasatamanpuisto


Vibe: This little rink is next to the new Redi shopping center at Kalasatama, so there’s the perfect opportunity to warm up afterwards with a hot drink at one of the cafes or movie in the top floor cinema.

Cost: Free but there are no skate rentals

Size: Relatively small but rarely crowded



5. Brahe Field in Kallio


Vibe: I love this field for it’s smooth yet large surface and the fact they play music adds to the enjoyment. It’s rarely crowded but often half the field is used for ice hockey practice. Sometimes there are also ice hockey games played there and you can’t skate, so it’s worth checking in advance. It can be hard to spot in winter as the snow piles high around the outskirts- the entrance is off Helsinginkatu.

Cost: 3.5€ for the day and reasonable prices for skate rental. Entrance is mainly an honour system and there’s also a cute little cafe.

Size: The biggest artificial rink I’ve used. It’s a soccer field in summer and the whole field is converted to ice in winter.