The Climbing Club of Oulu and UIAA
proudly present:

UIAA Ice Climbing European Championships 2022 and Finnish National Championships in Oulu 18.-20.2.2022

Welcome to the Super Weekend of Ice Climbing: UIAA European Championships and Youth European Championships also Finnish Championships in Oulu, Finland! 50+ competitors from all around the world take part in the three day competition. There is categories for Woman and Man in Youth 16 (toprope), Youth 19 (lead), Youth 21 (lead) and adults. Event is free of charge for spectators.

In addition to world class ice climbing, FINICE2022 offers lots of fun activities at the competition site!

At the competition site, there are heated tents, public toilets, and plenty of parking space. On Friday there will be exciting speed qualifications, on Saturday there will be lead qualifications and on Sunday the best climbers will show their speed at the ice wall and we will see, who will climb to the top at the lead climbing.

Jääkiipeilyn superviikonloppu saapuu Ouluun! Tervetuloa seuraamaan jääkiipeilyn Euroopan Mestaruuskilpailuja sekä Nuorten Euroopan Mestaruuskilpailuja Oulun kiipeilyseuran jäätornille. Sarjat ovat naisille ja miehille omat joka ikäluokassa, nuoret alle 16 kisataan yläköydellä, nuoret alle 19 leadissä, nuoret alle 21 leadissä ja aikuiset leadissä. Samalla ratkotaan myös Suomen mestaruudet. Kolme päiväisissä kilpailussa nähdään sekä kansainvälisiä jääkiipeilyn kärkinimiä että suomalaiset lajin huiput, sekä paikallista väriä!

Tapahtuma on yleisölle pääsymaksuton ja kisapaikalla on ohjelmaa koko perheelle!

Alueella on ruokateltta, jossa myydään makkaraa, kahvia sekä virvokkeita. Yleisölle on järjestetty kisapaikalle WC-tilat. Perjantaina on jännittävä karsinta nopeuskiipeilyssä jääseinällä, lauantaina on karsinta liidikiipeilyssä, eli vaikeuskiipeilyssä. Sunnuntaina karsintojen parhaat kiipeilevät molemmissa lajeissa.


The detailed schedule and side events are still TBD

Friday, Feb 18 (Speed Qualifications)
14:30 - 17:00Speed practise, free order, all series
17:00 - 21:00Speed qualifications
Saturday, Feb 19 (Lead Qualifications)
07:00warm up opens
08:00 - 21:00lead qualifications, all series. Two routes each.
Sunday, Feb 20 (Finals)
08:00Speed and lead finals, all series
19:00Award ceremony
Closing party
Monday, FEB 21 (Cooldown events)
Oulu-program and at the evening ride to Korouoma
tue&wedclimbing at Korouoma

Videos from FINICE 2020 competition



Athlete registration is done by purchasing the European Championships Competitor ticket and registering to UIAA. Everyone competing in both lead and speed will also get a result in "combined". Youth over 16 years are participating also in adults category, according to UIAA rules. Youth compete in qualifications only once and may qualify in both finals, adults and youth. Youth age categories are: U16: born in years 2007-2009, U19: born in years 2004-2006, U22: born in years 2001-2003. Adult's lead is also a European Cup competition. The ticket sales have not yet started.


There is no separate registration to Finnish National Championships. If you wish to compete in Finnish National Championships (SM-kilpailut), purchase a ticket to the European Championships.


While the event is free of charge for spectators, we have created the ultimate FINICE2022 experience for coaches, family members, friends, and everyone who feels like part of the climbing family by providing you the Climbing Community ticket! By becoming part of the Climbing Community, you will get enhanced spectator ticket. This ticket includes a warm lunch and snacks, and entrance to the closing party.


Athlete registration is done through ticketing system by purchasing a competitor ticket.


Ticket sales have not yet started.

Climbing community

Ticket sales have not yet started.

COVID-19 and how to enter Finland

I’m coming from Schengen area

  • You need to make sure that you have taken two shots of approved vaccination, see list of approved vaccinations
  • You need to have a certificate of vaccination in Finnish, Swedish or English when entering Finland.

I’m coming from outside of Schengen area

  • You may need a visa. If you need a visa to enter Finland please inform the competition organization as early as possible, so that we may inform Finnish border authorities about your arrival.
  • Inform us that you are coming to the competition before applying for a visa via email, this will give your application a better chance of succeeding.
  • Email should contain:
    • Name as stated in your passport
    • Nationality according to your passport
    • Passport number
    • Your role in the competition and itinerary, if possible.
  • Send email to [email protected] We will contact the border officials within 2 weeks from receiving your email.


In case you don’t have the required covid19 vaccinations to enter Finland, please check the official instructions on how to enter Finland.



What on earth is Oulu?

The City of Oulu is the capital of northern Finland. The Oulu Region has about 250,000 inhabitants. Transport connections are direct and fast, regardless of the means of transport or direction. All main roads meet in Oulu. Oulu has an international airport and there are about 15 flights to and from Helsinki each day. In addition, you can fly direct from Oulu to Riga, Tampere, Rovaniemi and Kemi-Tornio. Oulu railway station is one of the busiest in Finland. VisitOulu website provides more information about Oulu and its services, and how to get here.

What kind of services there are at the competition site?

At the venue, there will be music and other entertainment for the audience. There are heated tents, food market, public toilets, and plenty of parking space.

Will there be transportation between competition site and accommodation/city centre?

This year, there will not be bus transportation between Oulu city centre and the competition site.

I'd like to climb in Oulu! What are the possibilities?

Oulu Climbing Gym (Oulun kiipeilykeskus) offers two boulder gyms and wide variety of rope action. Korouoma Canyon (approximately 300 km from Oulu) is the best place in Finland to climb ice and is definitely worth a visit. More info from our Facebook page

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Finice sustainability – short version

We proudly present our sustainability plan for the competition organization. It gives us tools to:

  • Evaluate each decision we make from sustainability point of view
  • Review our old practices – the way we have always done things
  • Invent new practices where they are needed
  • Develop Finice competition to even better each year
  • Educate organisers – we all learn while making the plan and doing the planned actions
Our sustainability plan consists of four fields: Ecological sustainability helps us value our actions from ecological point. For instance, we calculate our carbon footprint and aim to minimize it. we also follow the plan while making food and material purchases and set up competition infrastructure. Our competition facility – the ice climbing tower, is a permanent structure. Ecological values are considered in maintenance and ice making.

Social sustainability emphasis the values climbing as a sport and a lifestyle will teach us: co-operation, responsibility of each other and connection to nature. Also, the meaning of Finice-competition to local climbers and Finnish climbing community is written down. We support equal opportunity and created our code of conduct to follow.

Creating the cultural sustainability plan set us a target to provide the competitors feel welcome and familiarize with the Finnish and local culture. While they travel to Oulu for the competition, the trip is more memorable and fruitful to all senses if there is more than just sports.

Finally, economical sustainability plan is a tool that helps us understand the economical meaning of the competition. In any case organizing competitions has impact on local economy because competitors use money while they stay in Oulu and Finland. Also, the competition budget is notable, and we can choose where and with who we do our purchases.

Read our sustainability plan from here!


Do you have any questions?

Contact the organizers: [email protected]null.

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Pictures from FINICE2020:

Dropbox, Markus Kerola
OneDrive, Jouni Aspi