Indoor Activities & Sports
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The weather during Finnish winters being what it is, it should come as no surprise that most of the larger towns in Finland have excellent indoor sports facilities. Finland has a lengthy tradition of passionate amateur and professional sport, and consequentially the country has the very latest sports and wellness knowledge and technology, top-notch equipment and a vast range of activities, along with expert coaching and tuition if needed.
Helsinki, as the Finnish capital, has an abundance of such indoor facilities, and visitors will not be disappointed at the wide range of activities available to them. Various ball sports, athletics, gymnastics and other indoor activities can be practised at sports halls throughout Helsinki, including the Helsinki City Sports Department’s Töölö Sports Hall and the Liikuntamylly or the Helsinki Sports Centre. Among the sports catered for are badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, curling, ice skating, ice hockey, indoor cycling, indoor running, golf-simulator, intercrosse, korfball, squash, tennis, wall-climbing, floorball, volleyball, table tennis, airgun shooting, and archery.
However, Helsinki is not the only city that has a wealth of indoor facilities for sports and recreation. In Central Finland, Jyväskylä is probably the next best represented, possessing the AaltoAlvari Aquatic Centre, Hutunki, which specialises in ball sports, the Perunka Wellness Holiday Centre, and the Hippos Sports Park which is the largest sports park in the Nordic countries. Likewise, cities like Turku, Tampere, Kuopio, Oulu, and Rovaniemi are all well equipped.