The area known as Finnish Lakeland is located between the east and center of the country. This area is known for its many lakes and variable sceneries. The number of lakes is something else, around 50% of the whole surface. The area is also known as a paradise for boaters and those traveling on water. Breathtaking views to the lakes and thousands of islands attract Finnish travelers to spend their vacation in the Lakeland, especially during summer.
Lahti region is located less than an hour’s drive from Helsinki-Vantaa airport. It is easy to reach from all over the world without worrying about connecting flights from Helsinki to other parts of Finland.
Once you arrive in the city, everything is within walking distance. The Lahti transport hub, venues, restaurants, shopping streets and most hotels are close at hand.
We call it "Paradise for cottage- and nature lovers", right on the edge of lake Päijänne, Tavastia region, Southern of Finland. Vääksy, known for being vivacious, is situated between two lakes: Vesijärvi and Päijänne. The beautiful landscapes, charming population center, enchanting small villages, and diverse services make Asikkala a unique place to visit.
In Southern Konnevesi National Park, visitors can enjoy the wide open waters of the lake in a boat, or canoe through a maze of islands among smooth glaciated rocks and vertical rock walls. In the clear water, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the depths that are the domain of the wild lake brown trout. Breathtaking contrasts characterise this national park. You can trek from herb-rich forests to high cliffs for a view over the magnificent landscape of the osprey.
Southern Konnevesi National Park
The diverse and vibrant Himos-Jämsä region is located in the heart of Finland, in other words, close to everything you need on your holiday. The drive from Helsinki, the capital, takes only 2,5 hours. In wintertime, visitors are served by the high quality ski slopes, winter programme services, after ski and Himos Arena. During the summer, nature attractions, canoeing trails, golf and other summer activities offer the opportunity to relax and get active. Mid-summer culminates in the magnificent festivals.
Jyväskylä is a lively, versatile city of sport, movement and well-being in which over 5 000 events are staged annually. Jyväskylä is situated in the middle of Finland, right in the heart of Urban Finnish Lakeland. The city that follows in the footsteps of the world-famous architect and designer Alvar Aalto can offer visitors some amazing encounters with nature in the middle of the city as well as a variety of thought-provoking culture. Jyväskylä has plenty of lakes and these provide nice opportunities for swimming and general beach activities.
Kinnula locates in a scenic wilderness environment. The area has good possibilities for fishing and hunting but it is also very popular hiking area. The beautiful and clean nature is a key word to the location. Kinnula also attracts people with a museum demonstrating the war times of Finland. Its design is considered as a dwelling-house, a loft, a granary, a barn, a windmill, and a dugout shape. From the center of Kinnula, it takes more than 1 hour to reach the Salamajärvi National Park.
Kivijärvi is in Suomenselkä, in northern parts of Central-Finland. Beautiful nature, lakes full of fish and friendly local people are welcoming you to our summer municipality. Kivijärvi is a popular summer holiday destination in this region because there are 89 lakes and several cottages. Spend your summer swimming in fresh lakes and hiking in the Salamajärvi national park and if you are lucky you might spot the famous wild deer.
Laukaa is one of the oldest places in Central Finland. You can experience the nature here in multiple ways. The water routes of Saarijärvi, Viitasaari and Rautalampi merge in Laukaa. The confluence of the routes is in Saraavesi, on the shore of which are thousands of years old rock paintings of Sarakallio. Hyyppäänvuori is known to be the ‘’Koli’’ of the central Finland and it’s also valuable wilderness Natura 2000-area in terms of geology, landscape, flora and fauna.
Leivonmäki's forests, lakes and marshes can be explored on family-friendly paths, including enticing duckboard trails. Enjoy your picnic in delightful scenery by the lakeside or up on an esker ridge.
Suitability: Suitable for visitors of all ages all year. The Harjujärvi campfire shelter and its surroundings are suitable for visitors with mobility difficulties.
Leivonmäki National Park
Muurame is a vibrant growth municipality in the Jyväskylä Region of Central Finland. Our location offers one major advantage: it’s easy to get here! Muurame is an ideal day-trip destination, but you’ll also enjoy a longer stay with us. Visitors of all ages can easily find lots to do, see and experience all year round.
The municipality of Padasjoki on the shores of Lake Päijänne offers diverse and high-quality opportunities for various outdoor activities and sports in different seasons. The Kullasvuori outdoor area, Päijänne National Park and the Päijänne-Ilvesroute are popular excursion destinations.
The pristine waters of Lake Päijänne wash the sandy shores of a chain of islands formed by an esker ridge that dates back to the Ice Age. Take a boat trip or rent a kayak and explore the park's many islands and their sandy coves and rocky shores. The nature trail at Pulkkilanharju ridge, accessible by road, also offers fine lakekand views. Look out for ospreys soaring over the lake. Take a boat trip or rent a kayak and explore the park's many islands and their sandy coves and rocky shores.
Päijänne National Park
Take a stroll into the best preserved old-growth forests in Southern Finland. See 400-year-old pine trees that bear scars of ancient forest fires. Such forests give you a sense of timelessness, encouraging you to slow down and savour the natural scene. The residents of the old croft at Poika-aho surely told their children tales of the trolls and elves who lived out in the wild woods.
Suitability: Suitable for visitors of all ages. Easy access. No services for visitors with mobility difficulties.
Pyhä-Häkki National Park
Follow in the hoofprints of wild forest reindeer on the Peuran Polku Trail. You might even spot some of these rare animals. The park's varied wild scenery includes rockstrewn pinewoods, open bogs and lakes full of tasty fish. Use the facilities at Koirasalmi as a base for exploring the wilds.
Suitability: Suitable for visitors of all ages all year. The Koirasalmi area is suitable for visitors with mobility difficulties.
Salamajärvi National Park
Sysmä has a very rich past. There are over 100 pre-historic relics found in Sysmä from the Stone Age to the end of the Iron Age which has been very significant in Sysmä's history. The Sysmä church and its environment have been an important place in the region of Päijät-Häme since 600AD. Over the decade's countless finds have been made in Sysmä, the latest ones being in 2000. The patron saint of Sysmä's medieval church from the years 1510-1520 is the eternal king of Norway, St. Olof.
Toivakka is a beautiful and growing municipality of 2,400 inhabitants located about half an hour away from Jyväskylä, on the water-front. Jylhä Päijänne and Leppälahti are a fisherman's dream. Toivakka also has the deepest point in Finland's inland waters, the Ristinselkä. Nature is present to us and even Queen Elizabeth II has enjoyed our rugged forests. Fans of the Crown series should head to Elizabeth's Forest, named in honor of the Queen. For tourists, Toivakka offers diverse accommodation options, food and a wide range of activities.
Embraced by the glittering Lake Keitele, Viitasaari is a modern rural town where cultural activities and nature are valued. Enjoy the area's cultural events and the scenery of Järvisuomi. Experience the lush nature trails where you can see the rugged cliffs of Goliath and hear the chirping of local birds, such as the finch. The central location along highway nr. 4 offers the possibility of a day stop. If you want to stay longer, the homely accommodation and the peaceful rhythm of life guarantee a peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Pihtipudas is located in Central Finland along the quadrupeds. Come and admire Finland's most beautiful business station and tourist center, which is located on Niemenharju on the shores of Lake Kolima. Next to the tourist center is a historical natural site, the magnificent Niemenharju view ridge, which is bordered by pine trees, where you can go hiking, admire the Kolima waters and make observations of birds.
5 National parks-trip
We have created this exciting route following the National parks of Päijänne, Leivonmäki, Konnevesi, Pyhä-Häkki and Salamanjärvi! You can also choose to start the trip from Salamanjärvi and drive direction south. For this route, you are going to be able to change it in the way you also like, but don't forget, to stay brave, visit all the National Park, take it as a challange!
Welcome to our customised route, where You will be filled with nature, long walks and wellness! In Finland we have 40 National Parks and this route gives you the opportunity to explore at least 6 of them in one single trip!
Grand National Park Tour
Experience the Finnish National landscape in the heart of Koli National park, capital of North Karelia, Joensuu and nature of Nurmes and Karelian Holiday Resort Bomba. Driving in Finland is easy and stress-free, there are no traffic jams and very little traffic in rural areas. Stop by little villages, find a public beach on a lake and go for a swim. The national parks are easiest to reach with your own car.
North Karelian Tour
Keitele is one of the biggest lakes in Finland. Start your trip by arriving to the cultural town of Jyväskylä, where you will stay your first night. Follow the designed path. The next recommended accommodation is between Laukaa and Äänekoski, where you will experience pure nature, local sauna and gastronomy in one place. Before getting to Salamanjärvi National Park, visit the small villages of Viitasaari, Pihtipudas, Kinnula and Kivijärvi.
Lake Päijänne is the second largest lake in Finland. It is surrounded by rural landscape, idyllic towns and many islands. You can drive your way around the lake either clockwise or as recommended. Start your journey from Lahti and reach Jyväskylä in a day or two. You will drive past some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes in southern Finland. Check out the different activities that can be found on the planning site where surely you will find yourself and your company something to do along the road!