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Skiing on Christmas Eve?

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By Traveller December 18, 2018
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Skiing on Christmas Eve?

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By Julia Traveller December 18, 2018

I will have an 11 ½ hour layover in Helsinki on 24 December, arriving at 8:50am and departing at 20:20 (8:20pm). I was hoping to go for a bit of cross-country skiing, but I would need to rent equipment and wonder if anything will be open that day? Please advise! Or if you have another suggestion for a bit of time in Helsinki on Christmas Eve, I would love to hear that too! Thank you so much...

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All rental places are unfortunetly closed that day.
Take your own swimsuit and swim outside at Allas in the city center. https://www.allasseapool.fi/en/ also has a good sauna.

Or check with Google translate open places from https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-9371002.
Local December 18, 2018
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Dear Julia,
I'm afraid it's very difficult to find anything open on Xmas Eve in Helsinki. For us Finns, 24th Dec is already Xmas. I warmly recommend hiring a local guide to help you with your stop-over. Most of us are spending Xmas Eve with our families, but someone might be available, for a certain fee.
Happy Xmas!
Local December 18, 2018
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You've picked a tough day!

FIRST PROBLEM:

24th is THE day for celebrating x-max in Finland. Some shops are open in the morning but then EVERYTHING closes.

I think the most popular place to do cross country skiing in Helsinki is Paloheinä but I just checked and they are closed 23. - 26. DEC.

SECOND PROBLEM:

Even if 24th was a normal day, there's really not that much snow! I think there's on few km's of skiable routes at the moment (well, if you just want to try it out that's probably plenty for you)

ONLY SOLUTION I CAN THINK OF:

You borrow / rent skis from someone, you take a bus or taxi to Paloheinä and you ski a little (not sure if buses run all day)
Local December 18, 2018
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Hmmm...that’s what I was afraid of. It seems like I will have to come back to ski another time.

Thanks so much for checking on the schedule at Paloheinä! I wasn’t able to find that info myself.

I guess I’ll spend the day at the airport, humming Christmas songs to myself *< :^•

I appreciate your quick and helpful reply Rami!
I think Rene's suggestion about Allas Sea Pool is a very good one. And the place is open until 8:00 pm.

https://www.allasseapool.fi/en/

Better than spending the whole day at the airport. :-)
Rami Local December 18, 2018
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