Ukonniemi offers a variety of facilities for different sports. You’re welcome to try out roller skiing or cross-country biking on the shores of Saimaa.
Ukonniemi is the number one cross-country skiing location in Southern Finland, year-round! In the summer, you can enjoy the roller skiing track that meets all international race standards and has even been titled ‘the best in Finland.’ In the winter, you are welcome to use Southern Finland’s longest ski track on first snow. During the natural snow season, a 35-kilometre-long skiing track can be accessed from Ukonniemi. The services of the Ukonniemi stadium and the 30-spot shooting range for biathlonists are the highlights of the excellent sports opportunities.
The Karhumäki track and field area includes a diverse, 22-fairway disc golf course. The height differences and forests offer diverse challenges for players. The surface is forest soil in some parts and sandy soil in others. The diversity of the fairways is illustrated by a 50-metre narrow tunnel fairway where the disc is thrown towards a hill and a relatively open 181-metre par-4 fairway that ends on a basket on a small hill.
The new 18-hole golf course offers challenges for Ukonniemi visitors. The Kohonkangas heathlands, in the immediate vicinity of Holiday Club Saimaa, are a perfect location for a golf course. The rolling heathlands, combined with the dramatic kettle terrain shaped by the ice age, provide an impressive setting for your golf round.
To the delight of all ice sports enthusiasts, Ukonniemi features three ice rinks. Two of the rinks are located at Imatra Ice Stadium, and one is located at Holiday Club Saimaa. At Imatra Ice Stadium, you can watch the games of the local ice hockey team, Imatran Ketterä, or hop to the rink yourself for skating or curling. At Holiday Club Saimaa Arena, you may also rent equipment during the skating turns.
Tennis, badminton or padel – Ukonniemi has courts for all of them! Imatra Tennis Hall, located in the heart of Ukonniemi Sports Centre, includes two courts where you can play regardless of the weather. You may reserve badminton courts at the indoor arena of Imatra Spa. At Holiday Club Saimaa, you can find a padel court and an outdoor tennis court.
Canoeing and SUP boarding
Going canoeing or stand up paddle boarding in the Saimaa archipelago is easy. You can rent a SUP board at the Port of Imatra or Saimaa Adventures. Canoes can be rented from the Imatran Lapinkävijät organisation. The 20-kilometre Oritsaari route is suitable for a day trip, and you can also choose to take a shorter route.
The hub of mountain biking in Ukonniemi is the pump track that is one of the largest tracks in Finland. The track is constantly developed by active cyclists in the area. The area around the track has a 100-kilometre network of biking paths and routes. The pump track and the paths are enjoyable for both beginners and veteran cyclists. Both groups can find challenges and rewarding experiences!