City of Kuopio is closely connected with nature. Even when designing the city area, it has been made very clear the importance of Väinölänniemi and Valkeisenlampi areas in city image. Parks in the centrum have positive impact on the people and on tourists. Since one third of the city area is covered with water it gives the feeling of living on the island.
The area is well-known for its nature and the possibilities to be close to the nature all year around. City of Kuopio has provided nature tracks, public cooking shelters, and campfire places, which can be used freely, but remember to make room for others, and keep the place clean after you are done using it.
Taking care of the environment has been a long tradition in Kuopio. The oldest and well-known environmentally protected area is Puijo`s woods. To protect and to preserve the nature is one of the key components in everyday life of planning and making decisions. Especially in Puijo area you can find many different outdoor activities to do during winter, for example slide, ski, snowboard or sky jump. In summer Kuopio is perfect place to take a walk, bike, run, swim, practice archery, golf, go boating, etc. Autumn is colourful and the surrounding woods offer you the opportunity to pick and taste berries and mushrooms. We cannot forget marketplace in city centrum, which brings people together, offers local production and brings life to the city all year around.
Kuopio offers indoor activities as well, for example, two public swimming pools, two indoor ice rinks and Kuopio-Halli where you can practice multiple activities. You can also find many private companies offering their services in the activity fields for example gyms, indoor climbing, dance courses and for the relaxation you could use the services of the spas. Kuopio is compact and includes everything you need to stay healthy and in movement.
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