Aerial photo of the Jyväsjärvi tour skating track in the evening sun.

Winter time at Jyväskylä Harbour

The Jyväskylä Lutakko Harbour offers a lot to do even in winter: skating, skiing and enjoying delicacies in restaurants and cafés.

As the winter arrives the harbour of Lutakko in Jyväskylä covers itself under a snowy blanket offering different kinds of possibilities for recreational activities. When the ice of the Lake Jyväsjärvi is thick enough you can skate on a natural ice skating rink which is about 1,2–3,2 kilometers long. On frosty but sunny winter days people of Jyväskylä love nothing more than to put on their skates and head out to Lake Jyväsjärvi! Skates can be rented from café Kotakahvila or café Satamakahvila. Satamakahvila also rents out snowshoes and kicksleds.

Skiing enthusiastics are pampered with a ski trail on the ice that’s approximately three kilometers long. Remember to check the safety of the ice before heading out to ski or skate! It is never safe to go on thin ice.

For those who prefer staying on land, Rantaraitti offers a great setting for jogging around the year. Rantaraitti route takes you around the Jyväsjärvi lake in changing sceneries. The 13 kilometre route provides changing landscapes in different neighbourhoods in Jyväskylä, for example the beautiful housing fair area in Äijälä.

After a day of wintery activities it’s nice to wrap your fingers around a hot cup of coffee or juice. Warm drinks, pastries and campfire pancakes are up for grabs at the atmospheric café Kotakahvila. At Kotakahvila you can warm up in the cozy warmth of an open fire – comfortably inside a traditional barbecue hut and conveniently in the middle of the harbour.

If you’re hungry for something heartier, restaurants Trattoria Aukio and Sohwitar are located conveniently only a stone’s throw away from the harbour. Nearby is located also the local HIISI brewery Taproom&Bottleshop.