What does it feel like to have a 40 centimeter thick ice under your Opel but with even thicker layer icy water? When the weather permits, the longest official ice waterway in Europe's inland waterways, opening in mid-winter, is a stunning experience!
Authorities will open the road for road traffic when the sturdy ice thickness is 40 cm. During peak hours, over 500 vehicles have driven the seven-kilometer ice road. The distance between the Lieksa city area and Koli village shortens with 51 km. That is why the local population is also very anxious when the ice road can be opened early.
When weather conditions permit, the tour skating routes will also be opened for as long as the weather permits. There are tour skating routes beside the ice road on Lake Pielinen and also on Lake Käränkälampi in Loma-Koli.
At the Arctic Ice Road Run in March, participants will run on the seven kilometers long ice road. The distances are 14 or 28 kilometers.