8 Things To Do In Tampere In The Winter – 2024

things to do in Tampere winter

Facebook cruelly reminds me once a year that yet another year has passed by since my Erasmus exchange year in Tampere, Finland.

From -30 degrees, 6 months of snow, hanging a bag outside my window as my accommodation didn’t have a freezer… It was the best year of my life, and the beautiful place of Tampere had a lot to do with that. Whilst the winter season in Finland can be harsh, there are so many amazing things to do in Tampere in the winter which definitely helps!

I was lucky enough to spend a full winter in Tampere and have since visited during this time too. The great thing about Tampere is that no matter how harsh the season, life still goes on and there is plenty to still do. It’s going to take much more than sub zero temperatures and 1m high of snow to stop you, this isn’t the UK ;).

Tampere is north of Helsinki, only around a 2 hour journey away so it’s perfect for combining with a trip to the capital. Whether you’re travelling or studying, here are 8 things you’ve got to do in Tampere this winter.

8 Things To Do In Tampere In The Winter – 2023

1. Walking on Lake Näsijärvi

I was beyond confused when I first saw people and DOGS walking on this frozen lake when I lived in Finland. So much so that I was walking home from uni one day, saw people on it and literally went and did it too. Lol.

Lake Näsijärvi is one of the most popular lakes in Tampere which can be accessed easily by road or about a 20 minute walk from the town centre.

It is pretty insane to think that a lake of this magnitude could literally just freeze, it felt SO ice road truckers. Anyway, once there have been sub zero temperatures for a while the ice reaches acceptable levels, it is perfectly safe to do so but only walk when other people are on the ice. As temperatures rise this also gives you an idea of when you can’t. I was able to walk on the lake between January-April, but it varies every year on the weather.

If you wanted to you could walk across the entirety of the lake to the other side. During weekends, there was also a little cafe hut thing that setup on the ice where you could get warm drinks and munkkis, literally the dream. I was walking across here once when a sleigh and huskies road past me, like is this real life?

Things To Do In Tampere In The Winter

I would 100% recommend adding this to your Tampere bucket list, make sure you wear proper sturdy snow boots and wrap up warm. Me on the middle of the lake on a -30 degree day, too cold for life, but those skies!

Things To Do In Tampere In The Winter

2. The Ultimate Finnish Experience – Sauna & Lake Dip

Finland is the sauna capital of world. There is MORE saunas than cars, and it just makes me love Finland a little bit more. I mean, even our halls of residence had a sauna. It is considered a necessity, not a luxury. A sauna and lake session is more than just a leisurely thing to do on a weekend, it is a way of life.

Much research has shown the benefits of cold water immersion and perhaps it’s why Finland is among one of the healthiest and happiest countries in the world? There is plenty of places to have a sauna in Tampere, but perhaps one of the best is the Rauhaniemen kansankylpylä sauna. This is a great place to visit throughout the seasons, no sub zero temp or amount of snow shuts this place down.

During the winter when the lake freezes over a hole is cut into the ice where sauna goers can jump in after sitting in the sauna. One rule – no wetsuits allowed, don’t be surprised if you also visit a sauna in Finland and have to strip off before you go in…

Things To Do In Tampere In The Winter

This was taken on a revisit in February 2023, gosh I love this place! You can take Makkara (Finnish Sausage) down to eat afterwards, or pop in the shop for some local souvenirs. This really is an experience not to be missed.

This is one of the finest ways to immerse yourself into Finnish culture with the many things to do in Tampere in the winter.

Tampere winter sauna

3. Munkkis At Pynikki Tower

 Pyynikki is only a 15 minute walk from the centre, or you catch a bus, and the views are definitely worth it.

The Pyynikki observation tower is amazing and after walking up lots of stairs you can admire the amazing views across the whole of Tampere. Afterwards it’s almost obligatory to go inside to the Kahvila (cafe) and sample one of Tampere’s specialties which is the munkki. They are an integral part of Finnish baking and are just bloody delicious! On Sundays you will spot many locals popping in for their Kahvi (coffee) and Munkki.

Afterwards you can walk further down to a beautiful beach and appreciate the serenity of the surrounding lakes, in the winter you can even walk across the frozen lake, if you dare 😉

4. Visit Tampereen Kauppahalli Food Halls

No matter the season, there is nothing like visiting the food halls of Kauppahalli. Such a good place to tuck in from the cold and spend a morning browsing and eating your way around.

They have everything from meat to baked goods, and there is a lot of baked goods! Finland is one of the best places for cakes, pastries and chocolate and it’s such a wholesome, fun thing to do when in Tampere.

Kauppahalli is conveniently situated in the town centre, it truly is the heart of the city. You can even book a guided tour in advance to learn more about the local history and stories of Tampere.

Things To Do In Tampere In The Winter

5. Ice Skating

Ice skating on the frozen lakes is just another winter sport that is loved by the Finns. Unless you’re local to the area and have your own skates, you can rent a pair of tour skates also from Hiking Travel’s rental shop at Bikini Bar on the tour skating track of Näsijärvi lake.

Ice skating on natural ice is certainly more challenging than a rink. As I found out. lol. But like cross country ski-ing it’s definitely one to check out when you’re visiting. (These were the skates that I picked up from a the Keskustori flea market, that’s also a must visit in the summer!).

Things To Do In Tampere In The Winter

6. Watch An Ice Hockey Game

Tappara is one of the most successful ice hockey teams in the world and it’s just something not to be missed when you’re in Tampere. It is a truly, Tampere and local thing you must do. Even if you don’t understand the sport, just go!

Check out their schedule beforehand, tickets can be purchased from ticketmaster or on game days, the box office at Hakametsä Ice Stadium opens 1.5 hours before the game begins.

7. Visit The Stable Yards

The area of Tallipiha in Tampere, used to be the stable yards, where horses and horse-caretakers lived. What remains is cute, colourful, old wooden houses which are now a mix of boutiques, craft shops and cute coffee shops.

It really is like walking round a winter wonderland when it’s snowing, and cold. The snow topped trees, and soft white ground is Tampere’s own little Narnia.

The huts are lit up by fairy lights and the coffee shops so inviting. It’s like taking a step back 10 years or so, if you have a free afternoon you won’t regret bumbling around the yards for the afternoon and stepping inside for a kahvi and delicious cake.

Things To Do In Tampere In The Winter

8. Dine At Top At The Näsinneula Tower

I’ve visited the iconic observation tower on multiple occasions which is a must visit in Tampere, but this time we booked in for dinner at the top! This revolving restaurant is THE place to take in the amazing views of the city in comfort.

It is a very very cool sight with the snow in the winter. Plus, we even walked to dinner from our hotel (holiday club) all the way across the frozen lake, how cool is that?

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winter tampere

Tampere is just one of the most wonderful places to visit in Finland, and there is so much to do. Winter becomes a truly magical, winter wonderland where there is so much to explore. I promise you’ll struggle to visit and not fall in love with this pretty place.

Do let me know if there are any other things to do in Tampere in the winter that you think should make the list!

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2 thoughts on “8 Things To Do In Tampere In The Winter – 2024”

  1. So happy I found this post!! I am doing my Erasmus in Tampere until May next year, and have loads of my friends coming to visit at the end of December so wanted to show them the best of the best 🙂 so excited to experience a winter that’ll be so different to English winters

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    • Ah you are going to have the best year ever, hope you are loving Tampere so far, you will certainly have the best winter, it’s such a magical place to be, enjoy! 🙂

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