The goal ofthe training trip (3h)
Practice on ice corresponds to the SRL's newcomers' tour. Completion of the Practice on ice will enable you to skate on the natural ice and participate in the guided expeditions organised by Helsingin Retkiluistelu and Suomen retkiluistelijat. Those who have completed the SRL Newcomers' Lecture can take part in the Helsingin Retkiluistelu's Practice on ice and vice versa.
Content of the excursion
At the beginning of the tour, the obligatory skating equipment is reviewed and adjustments can be made.
During the excursion you will learn skating techniques, how to use safety equipment, how to explore the ice and how to go on an excursion.
During the excursion, you will enjoy the peace and quiet of nature and the thrill of skating. We will make a break in a scenic location.
Conditions for participation
To participate in a training excursion, you must
compulsory equipment, either your own or hired (see below).
Completion of the Theory part of the Helsingin Retkiluistelu (or an equivalent SRL theory lecture).
Rental equipment is also available (+49€). If you need individual rental equipment, you can book it through the top menu of this online shop. To be on the safe side, please let us know by email or SMS which day you are booking for.
Priority for the training trip will be given to those who have completed the theory part of the Helsingin Retkiluistelu. Those who have completed the theory part of the SLR can also register.
Demanding of the trip
The tour is not particularly demanding. The main focus is on exercises. However, the participant should be able to skate continuously for about 1 hour or 10 km. Skating skills and endurance can be practised on ice rinks if necessary.
Dressing for the outing
It is advisable to dress appropriately for the excursion. You can ensure that you are warm by wearing layers. We recommend a base layer, wool or fleece jacket, windproof trousers and jacket, gloves and a hat.
For skating comfort, it is essential that shoes have a high and sturdy ankle. Soft-ankled hiking boots are not suitable for backcountry skiing.
Mandatory equipment, which can also be hired from Helsinki Retkkiluistel
● Nordic skates and suitable footwear
● Ice spikes and whistle
● Backpack with hip belt, crotch strap and carabiner
● A throwing line
● Ice poles
● A complete change of clothes in a waterproof pack, a towel
● Something to eat and hot drink
Skating area. Location. Conditions.
Particularly safe ice will be selected for the skating area.
We prefer to skate in the stunning seascapes of East Helsinki. The starting point is usually Helsingin Retkiluistelu premises at Kallvikinniementie 35, 00980 Helsinki. Google Maps
You can leave your car at the P-park of the Culture Centre Sofia. Walk behind a light-coloured brick building, turn left and walk along the beach for about 50 m. Here you will find the Helsinki Retkiluistelu offices, toilets (at the beginning and end of the tour) and a sheltered place to adjust your equipment.
Please note that expedition skating is always done on nature's terms. Due to circumstances, the starting point or time may sometimes have to be moved. This happens rarely.
Any changes will be communicated by separate message. Please follow the email before you go.
Duration of the excursion:
Approximately 3 hours
Helsingin Retkiluistelu's Instructor.
Practise on ice can also be paid with vouchers, Epass and Smartum directly through the online shop.
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