While it is foremost a beach to be visited during the warmer months of the year, Pyynikki beach on the coast of Iidesjärvi is worth visiting during the colder months as well, especially during the height of winter, because it is just picturesque!
During wintertime, a natural phenomenon called an ‘ice shove’ occurs. This happens when ice from the middle of a large body of water (in this case, a lake), washes ashore and forms piles of ‘ice tiles’. And because the lake is quite shallow at the beach, and the ice pretty thick, you can safely walk on it, as long as you keep close to the shore. Of course, you still need to be careful, because the ice is slippery, and not flat and smooth. You don’t want to fall face-first onto a brick of ice!
I first discovered this sight of Pyynikki beach by chance, when a friend from Japan visited me and my girlfriend, and wanted to take a walk in the Pyynikki area. While the ice is definitely not ideal for ice skating, it’s still fun to let out your inner child and slide on the smoother parts of the ice. And because the water is quite clean and clear, though not too deep, you can see the bottom.