Authentic Rovaniemi Excursion – Visit Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park

Authentic Rovaniemi Excursion – Visit Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park

January 26, 2023 0 By travelfromaustralia

Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park – The Best Ice Skating Winter Park, Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, is world renowned for being the ultimate Lapland Christmas destination for its winter wonderland, the home of Santa Claus himself and having access to some of the most unique northern winter experiences available around the world. Popular activities Rovaniemi has on offer include Northern Lights tours, Husky Dog Sledding, Ice Fishing, Reindeer Safari’s, Snowshoeing, going on an Icebreaker, Ice swimming and/or floating, a trip to Santa Claus Village to meet Santa and tube down the slopes at Snowman World. 

The excursion that should be added to everyone’s ‘must’ list when visiting Rovaniemi is a trip to Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park, the best ice skating winter park in Lapland.

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Kotatieva Forest Ice Skating Trail

Is a trip to a winter wonderland complete if you haven’t been ice skating? If you’re looking for the most authentic and best ice skating in the world, Kotatieva forest ice skating trail will not disappoint. Ice skating in Finland, with a difference! Both daytime and evening skating opportunities are available at this magnificent outdoor ice skating park. The forest trail has recently been extended from 500m to almost one kilometre of well maintained ice trail amongst snow covered trees. Outdoor ice skating at Kotatieva is truly magical!

Buy your daytime ticket to Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park!

Buy your daytime ticket to Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park with hot tub and sauna! *Only one booking per day available for this option.

Rovaniemi winters are well known for aurora hunting and northern lights tours and Kotatieva offers an evening ice skating experience with the opportunity to watch the sky dance. The ice skating forest path is the most incredible aurora ‘skating rink’ you’ll ever come across! 

In the evening, Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park opens up to a very limited number of guests to ice skate through the darkness of the forest (headlamps provided) and private bookings for the sauna, hot tub and dinner in the Lappish Hut experience.

ice skating Rovaniemi Finland

If you want to see how incredible our evening experience was at Kotatieva, check out our video here!

Buy your Aurora Skating and Sauna program ticket here!

Buy your Aurora Skating ticket here!

Ice Skating Shoes and Equipment

Ice skating shoes are available on loan included in the cost of your ticket, however, you may also bring your own. Helmets are also available and must be worn while skating at Kotatieva. In addition to ice skating shoes and helmets, Kotatieva also provides skating frames of a variety of heights enabling even the earliest of beginners to make their way around the course. There are ice hockey sticks, pucks and balls as well as kick sleds with seats to assist families with young children to enjoy the trails, as well.

Kotatieva Winter Activities and Facilities

While Kotatieva might be known best for its ice skating trail, at Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park, you can do more than skate on ice! You can sled down the sledding hill, play bowls on ice, snowshoe through the forest and play the ever popular frisbee golf. Rovaniemi’s favourite winter park has something for everyone! All equipment is available and included in the cost of the entry ticket.

The small café is located in a cabin on site where you can purchase a simple lunch and hot drink. Included in your entry ticket is a sausage per person to cook yourself over the fire in the Lappish Hut – this is a wonderful experience and a great place to go if you need to warm yourself up or take a break! Please note, no food can be brought into the park.

Your hosts at Kotatieva

Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park

Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park offers a unique and authentic experience for their guests. Hosts Inga and Tuomas are locals to the area and have developed the most incredible outdoor winter wonderland activity in arctic Rovaniemi. Their kind and welcoming manner ensure a wonderful time for their guests. When visiting you will find both Inga and Tuomas greeting visitors with a wide smile and working hard, whether that be in the cafe or tending to the ice to ensure guests have the best experience possible ice skating on ice that is well groomed.

How to get to Kotatieva

When planning and booking Rovaniemi excursions, be sure to add Kotatieva to your list! You will be best to look up car hire Rovaniemi to have easy access to the Park, but you can also book a taxi or if you are attending the evening session, transport is included in the cost of your ticket.

Keep up to date with Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park

Be sure to follow Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park on Facebook and Instagram to ensure you are up to date with all of their news as well as be notified of any changes due to the weather forecast. Rovaniemi weather conditions can in fact impact the ice and sometimes there are notifications with recommendations to change the day of booking to ensure you have the best experience.

Go here to read more about our ultimate Christmas in Rovaniemi!