Kuopio is a modern economic centre in Eastern Finland. The breathtaking nature and quality services make it a great place for vacation. Kuopio is famous for the Finnish fish pastry (Kalakukko), and the dialect of Savo, as well as the hill of Puijo and the Puijo tower. Puijo serves also as a stage for an yearly World Cup ski jumping competition. In summer you can enjoy Kallavesi Lake by boating, by boarding a cruise, by shooting the rapids, or by going on a fishing trip or a jet-ski safari. Golfers will be delighted by the Puijo Golf Course. Horse-riding, trips by off-road vehicles are also available. The Kuopio region is also ideal for cross-country skiing and the ski centers of Tahko, Kasurila and Puijo are perfect for those who prefer downhill skiing. You can go ice-fishing or ice-skating on a frozen-over lake and even take part in the Finland Ice Marathon.