You can go here on winter or summer, probably you find young boys practising there. It's very nice, they are eager, Kuopio has been one of Finnish sources to word champions, and the skiis are very long compared to the boys. It's amazing when you see 130cm boy carrying 250cm skiis (and more amazing when you see him jumping some 100 meters).
Equipment: Cloth warmly or take your own skiis with you.
This is great fun. It's amazing how fast you can ride these machines. I think I was speeding at about 90 km/h. I loved it! Did you know that the handles of these things are actually heated so your fingers don't freeze. You can hire all the gear you need from the safari arranger and they give you training how to handle the snowmobile before letting you ride one. So it's ok for even beginners (I'm a good example of that!)
So what's a snowmobile? Look what Wikipedia says at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowmobile
Who to contact for rentals and safaris:
Services: different program services, equipment hire
Contacts: Kiviniementie, FI-70700 Kuopio, Tel.. +358-17-473 073, Fax. +358-17-361 6217, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.seikkailukuopio.fi
Services: snowmobile safaris, fishing, fishing trips, holiday cottages, saunas, hunting, meals for groups
Contacts: Juonionlahdentie 50, FI-71310 Vehmersalmi, Tel.. +358-400-377 560, Fax. +358-17-386 3152, email@example.com, www.kalamatkat.net
Tahko Safaris Ltd
Services: snowmobile and ATV safaries, program services
Contacts: FI-73310 Tahkovuori, Tel.. +358-17-481 800, Fax. +358-17-481 801, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tahkosafarit.fi
Equipment: You should wear warm underwear and pullover and pants but you get warm overalls, mittens and helmet and stuff included in the service.
Is there is international sport event in Kuopio it is the ski jump of course. The winter season world cup ski jumping is passing here as well and broadcasted live around Europe. Often Finns also winning here, after all, the are known as the Flying Finns.
Finnish like sports a lot, they have a great success in most of them. For example, Paavo Nurmi had won 9 gold medals and 3 silver ones at the Olympic Games at the decades of 1920-30, he had also 31 world records! His statue is outside the Olympic Stadium of Helsinki.
Especially in winter sports, Finnish athletes are some of the best, they love these sports so much that they are skiing even without snow...