Särkänniemi

During my trip to Helsinki, I made a day trip to Tampere. This seems to be the most populous inland city in the Nordic Countries, but I’m sure you aren’t interested in these kind of Wikipedia facts. You’re here for… theme parks and rollercoasters, right? Luckily, Tampere is home to one of Finland’s most famous amusement parks: Särkänniemi. The park’s most beautiful aspect is its location. Särkänniemi can be found at a lakeshore and it’s surrounded by dense forests. Stunning views of this unique location are guaranteed if you board a lift to the top of the Näsinneula Tower. A visit to this 120 metre high panorama platform is included in a ride wristband, so definitely take a moment to go there.

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Särkänniemi offers most rides you’d expect from a medium-sized amusement park. There are two water rides, a good amount of thrilling flat rides, a large children’s area and a total of five rollercoasters. The most impressive coaster is without a doubt Tornado, one of very few Intamin inverted coasters. The ride is surprisingly good: it’s smooth, intense and the 4th inversion delivers the most unexpected coaster moment in Northern Europe. I really liked Tornado and thanks to a non-existent queue, I was able to ride it a few times. It’s neighbour, however, doesn’t need any repeat rides. Trombi is literally one of the worst rollercoasters on Earth. This torture device was constructed by Zamperla and although they consider it as a flying coaster, I’d rather call it pure hell. So just skip the credit, because your coaster-bingo certainly isn’t worth so much pain.

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The park’s other coasters are called Vauhtimato (Zierer Tivoli Small), Half Pipe (Intamin) and MotoGee. MotoGee is a transportable Zamperla MotoCoaster and it really isn’t that special. However, I will probably always remember this simple family ride as my 400th coaster credit. It’s not exactly the fabulous ride I had in mind for this accomplishment, but hey… having ridden 400 different coasters is awesome anyway.

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