FinLine 2017 in English

FinLine 2017

Reserve already now the week for the next FinLine skating event!

The Finline skating event will take place next summer for the 26th time. The tradition started in 1992 with a weekend skate from Jyväskylä to Helsinki. Since then FinLine has become a one-week-event, with a different route every year.

In 2017 the FinLine skating event will celebrate the 100 years of Finland as an independent nation.

After our 25th FinLine in Lapland (do not forget to watch the video: https://youtu.be/t6yE0BVTASU ) we will now skate in the southern part of Finland: the route follows the historical King’s Road. Parts of the King’s Road date back as far as to the 14th century and from 1736 it was used as a postal route from Bergen, Norway all the way to St. Petersburg, Russia. It is probably the oldest state road in Finland, which is already a good reason to skate it.

FinLine 2017 will start from Helsinki on early Sunday morning July 9th with a bus trip to Vaalimaa by the Russian border and end on Saturday July 14th in Turku. The return trip to Helsinki will be on Saturday July 15th in the afternoon (we will reach Helsinki around 4 p.m.) The total skating distance will be a little below 450 km, with normal daily skating distances between 50 and 90 km. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland we are planning to skate about 100 km Tuesday July 11th. As you can see from the planned route below we still have some adjustments to make.

The preliminary planned route
Sunday July 9th: Vaalimaa – Hamina 67 km
Monday July 10th: Hamina – Porvoo 92 km
Tuesday July 11th: Porvoo – Kirkkonummi 91 km
Wednesday July 12th: Kirkkonummi – Raasepori 59 km
Thursday July 13th: Raasepori – Salo 74 km
Friday July 14th: Salo –Turku 55 km

You will find the route map behind this link. Route details and daily distances are subject to change.

The profiles of the route you will find behind this link. The profiles do not exist yet, will be updated later.

In this traditional event we are not competing against the clock, but we are enjoying the skating and the scenery. There will be skaters of varied skill and fitness levels participating and we all want to enjoy skating at speed enjoyable for ourselves. Five to seven skating groups allow you to choose the skating speed between 15 and 25 km/h. You can change group whenever you feel like it. The service bus is following the skaters all the time and enables you to choose the number of skating days as well as the daily skating distance according to your feeling and weather conditions. The organisers will take care of the accommodation and meal arrangements, so you can concentrate fully on skating and enjoying sceneries.

Can I participate?
FinLine is a skating event also YOU can participate in. No previous experience of several day skating tours is necessary. To join the FinLine you only need to
• have experience of skating tours of 50 km – you are able to skate 50 km a day at your own speed
• enjoy a vacation week among other skaters
• be a member of Streetgliders or join Streetgliders

What does it cost? And what is included?
The participation fee will be 150 € including the services of the bus, snacks, transportation of your equipment during the skating, a technical t-shirt and the bus transportation from Helsinki to Vaalimaa and back to Helsinki from Turku on the last day. In addition you have to pay a membership fee 25 € to the Street Gliders. Furthermore there are the costs of the dinners and accommodations (including breakfasts), about 60-70 € per day and possible lunch and own snack costs during the skating.

Registration and additional information:
As we want to maintain a cozy small event feeling on FinLine and because it will be easier to find accommodation for the group the number of participants is limited to 30. The official registration starts now, so that we know the number of participants as soon as possible. You will find the registration form on our web-pages (www.katukiitajat.fi). The last day for paying the registration fee will be 15th of March 2017. After that you can only join FinLine, if there are places left.

If any questions, please contact one of these:

info@katukiitajat.fi
Bosse Sjöblom, 050 350 9742, bosse.sjoblom@fi.cisv.org
Merja Lumme, 050 5577 737, merja.lumme@tekes.fi
Nina Björklund, 050 339 0010, nina.e.bjorklund@gmail.com

Hope to see you next summer!

Best regards

The FinLine organising team