Sports and outdoor activities
The winter landscape lends itself to cross-country skiing, the season lasting from December until January in the south and April in northern and central Finland. There are ski slopes, too – see www.ski.fi for more information – and several operators offering off-piste skiing. Watery pursuits like kayaking (or kitesurfing on the frozen lakes in the winter) are a worthwhile option in the lake regions, especially around Lake Inari. Popular national sports include the distinctively Finnish pesäpallo, similar to baseball, and ice hockey.
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