Can we offer you a glass of Geopark sahti?

Lauhanvuori-Hämeenkangas Geopark's most surprising specialty is a natural product, but perhaps not the one that comes to mind first. The area has a very lively sahti tradition. Sahti is a farmhouse ale and an important Finnish product, as it has received the EU's Traditional speciality guaranteed -status.

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The history of the Geopark is scented by tar

The Lauhanvuori - Hämeenkangas Geopark area has a long history of tar burning. Kauhajoki in particular was known as a long-standing tar parish, and there have been a huge number of tar pits in the area's forests. What was tar production all about and how was it reflected in the nature and people of the area?

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Visiting a mire with children

The Geopark has several excursion sites that provide you with easy access to mire nature. Duckboards lead tiny explorers to the curious creatures and wonderous details of the mires.

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Finland’s second UNESCO Global Geopark

The efforts of the municipalities, companies, associations and residents of the area, Metsähallitus and the Natural Resources Institute Finland, as well as numerous other operators in the region, were rewarded on 7 July 2020, when the UNESCO Executive Board unanimously approved Lauhanvuori - Hämeenkangas Geopark as part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks network.

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Based on experience, you can create positive effects in the body and mind by simply spending time in a forest – or, as the Japanese call it, by having a forest bath.

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Needle trails, forest roads, gravel village roads, open forest landscapes and enchanting bogs. The best mountain bike hiking terrains in Western Finland can be found in Lauhanvuori-Hämeenkangas Geopark, whether you are looking for marked routes or looking for your own unmarked trail.

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