In the winter, the lakes of Tampere freeze over, adding a lot of space to the city. The frozen surface of the region’s biggest lake, Näsijärvi, is largely enjoyed by the locals all winter long as there are skating and walking trails maintained. You can see people walking their dogs, riding bikes, skiing and skating. If you look at the lake from above, you will notice numerous paths coming from different city parts to one crowded point in the middle. This is Siilinkari lighthouse on a little island in the lake. On frosty days, when the lake’s surface is strong, they open a tent cafe there with coffee, doughnuts and grilled sausages. The cafe is normally open on weekends and you can usually find updates about its opening hours on this FB page.
On the days when the cafe is not there, there are still a lot of people sipping their hot drinks on the rocks, enjoying the bright winter sun and the company of friends, family or dogs.
In summertime, the best way to get to the lighthouse is by canoe. I normally rent a canoe or a kayak at Hiking Travel rental shop by the lake. It will take you about 20 minutes to row to the lighthouse from there. They also rent kayaks, skates, skiis, ice fishing equipment, snowshoes and everything you need for exploring the outdoors in Finland.
PS: the lighthouse is normally not lit with green light as it is in the picture.