Responsible tourism: Finland winter vacation, tour skating
Tour skating is sports, which uses your own muscles as a motor. Our other alternatives for moving around are physical as well: kick-sledging, skiing or snowshoeing. No snow mobiles are used unless there are groups, who cannot otherwise get to the National Park. As the winters are shorter and shorter, also the time for tour skating on natural ice is very limited. Typically tour skating is possible latest from the beginning of February to mid-March.
The tour skating route goes straight through the Linnansaari National Park, which is a 38 km2 big National Park consisting of hundreds of islands. This area is the home of ringed seals, which are endangered. Therefore the route has been created and is maintained in close co-operation with Metsδhallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland. The life of seals is not disturbed.
The vacation resort is recycling all possible and control the usage of electricity very carefully.
Public transportation is used for transportation from Helsinki to the lake district in order to keep both the costs and the carbon footprint as low as possible.
Lake district is located far out from the big industrial cities. Traditionally the local population has got their living from farming, fishing and forestry. Tourism creates working places especially during the high season in summer. This product is created by the local entrepreneurs to attract visitors also in winter. They have promised to ensure availability of services now even for individual passengers by offering a pick-up service.
The vacation resort is privately owned, the same family has owned a guesthouse since 1658. The present owner is an entrepreneur in 10th. generation. This local company is taking 100% care of the tour skating route, accommodation, catering and guiding. Food served is produced locally and a lot of wild food such as berries, mushrooms and local fish are used as ingredients.
We promise to tell people like you about this unique way of enjoying sunny and crispy winter days in the lake district of Finland and make it as easy as possible for you to get there. Our company is located in Helsinki and happy to add in the package also a stop-over in the white capital of the north.