WELCOME TO GEOPARK IN THE AUTUMN

Lauhanvuori - Hämeenkangas UNESCO Global Geopark offers its best in the autumn. Mires are particularly wonderful places to visit as they are glowing in bright colors.

Unforgettable autumn experiences at Geopark

Geopark is the nature tourism pearl of western Finland, whose landscapes and valuable natural sites attract more and more hikers and tourists.

There are numerous guided routes, places to visit and places to rest in our national parks Lauhanvuori and Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas, as well as in many other great excursion destinations. You can find information about them on our Discover pages.

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

Visiting mires with the kids

There are several mire destinations in Geopark, where hiking is easy, safe and comfortable, even with children. The new Vaarinnevankeidas mire nature trail (in Finnish), for example, is worth visiting.

Vaarinneva is located in Hämeenkangas, close to the Jämi region’s diverse tourist services and outdoor recreation and sports opportunities. The trail with rest stops is suitable for hiking with the kids. Geopark also has many other fascinating mire sites suitable for children. Read more in our article.

Photo: Laura Koivumäki, Vaarinneva

Alkkianvuori and Neva-Lyly

Alkkianvuori on the border of Parkano and Karvia is a great excursion destination with many special fetures special features. Get to know Alkkianvuori on the 4.5 km long geonaturepath, whose info panels have, in addition to text and image content, QR codes that open audio content that can be listened to on a mobile device. Have snacks in a nut by Alkkianlampi lake. Read more about Alkkianvuori (in Finnish).

Photo: Terttu Hermansson

The nearby Neva-Lyly is also worth visiting. Particularly children get excited about the stories of Willpertti on the duckboard path around the mire pond. The signboards have a particularly beautiful illustration. Snacks can be enjoyed at the campfire site by the lake. At Neva-Lyly, you can also heat the sauna freely and for free! Read more about Neva-Lyly.

Photo: Sinja Hosiasluoma

Discover the story of Geopark by cycling

Experience the last two billion years of the area’s history in the best possible way – by cycling through it. Learn about Geopark’s geological story of “From mountains to mires” on the new Two Billion Year Tours cycling route.

Photo: Niina Rautiainen, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

A true adventurer chooses the long Traveller route following the roads. On the shorter Enjoyer routes, you can cycle from the municipal centers to rural landscapes and nearby places of interest in no time.

The Adventurer mountain bike routes take you to Geopark’s most beautiful sights and offer particularly great nature experiences for those who enjoy riding a bike. You can find cycling routes and Welcome cyclist services on our Cycling page. Tip: Get inspired by cycling in Geopark through the videos!

Photo: Niina Rautiainen, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

Nature improves well-being

Calm down in the Geopark nature and forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life. According to studies, nature improves well-being. Just being in the forest, which the Japanese call a forest bath, brings about many positive changes in your body and mind. Read more about the well-being effects of nature in our article.

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Alkkianvuori

Easily and quickly accessible

Geopark is located near the largest cities in Western Finland and can be reached quickly. In a short moment, you are in the middle of the living countryside and in the wild nature sites of the area. For example, arrive in Parkano by train and continue your journey comfortably with a rental car. Read more about arrival on our website.

Photo: Hanna Tuuri, Parkano

Enjoy the services

Businesses in the area offer travelers versatile high-quality services. Check out the wide range on our Services page. Buy experiences easily through Geopark’s online store.

Photo: Einari Vuorinen, Korsukylä

In the cafes and restaurants, you can taste the region’s specialties. Wild berries, mushrooms and other local ingredients are prepared to special delicacies. In the farm stores and boutiques, you can make personal and unique purchases.

Photo: Einari Vuorinen, Meggala Winery

On a rainy autumn day and when the evenings are getting dark, you can just pull on woolen socks and rest under a blanket in the light of candles. Stay in a cabin, inn or hotel. You can find atmospheric accommodation options in Geopark on our Accommodation page.

Photo: Salaisen Puutarhan Majatalo

On guided tours and in various activities, you can fully enjoy the Geopark nature. Expert guides will take you to the finest destinations and tell the stories of them. You can also rent equipment for your own adventures. Read more on our Activities page.

Photo: Niina Rautiainen, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

After spending time outside, pamper yourself with, for example, peat treatments or bathing in a smoke sauna. Relax and enjoy wellness services inspired by the nature of the Geopark area. Read more on our Wellness page.

Photo: Jonna Helin, Pyhäniemi Wellbeing

ENJOY QUALITY SERVICES

Some picks of the current offer

Quality accommodation in Lauhanvuori

Lauhanvuori National Park is Geopark’s most versatile excursion destination. On Lauhanvuori, you can stay in Lauhansarvi’s holiday villas. Book and pay for your accommodation easily at Lauha’s online store.

Photo: Lauhatuotanto

An atmospheric candlelit trail in Isojoki

If you are near Lauhanvuori at the beginning of week 42, you should go with the family on an atmospheric candlelit trail to the center of Isojoki. Departure from the sports field at your own pace between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., grilled sausages and juice will be served at the lean-to until 8:00 p.m. It is approx. 1.5 km from the sports field to the shelter. Along the route you will find various task. Bring a flashlight with you!

Photo: DIGIVAPA Project

Visoko takes you to Geopark’s nature

Get to know the beautiful Hämeenkangas area and promote your well-being on a guided excursion offered by Visoko. You will hear the geological history of the area and get to know Kuninkaanlähde spring, Jämi and the surroundings. Visoko’s methods are nature-based and certified services that are tailored professionally, individually and goal-oriented: deepening the connection with nature, Aistimetsä®, Asahi Health®, ©Metsämieli, Geopark Ranger, sustainable development. Read more at Visoko’s website and ask for an offer!

Photo: Visoko

Café Meteora’s cranberry smoothie

Café Meteora is a cozy lunch and fastfood café in the center Isojoki, close to Lauhanvuori National Park. Eat a tasty meal at Meteora or have a coffee with delicious homemade pastries. In autumn, you should especially try Meteora’s cranberry smoothie, superfood from Finland’s pure mire nature. Read more about Café Meteora.

Photo: Café Meteora

Postelli’s delicacies

Pop in to the atmospheric Kahvila-Konditoria Postelli to taste the home-baked delicacies! Postelli is located in a sympathetic old post office by Kankaanpää market. Also remember Christmas parties and order food from Postelli’s catering service to be delivered on site or elsewhere. Read more on Postelli’s website (in Finnish).

Photo: Laura Koivumäki

Hiking and swimming in Kauhajoki

Kauhajoki offers many wonderful hiking opportunities. For example, Katikankanjoni in the Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park and the Hyypänjokilaakso landscape area attract nature tourists. Also Alpo’s savannah and Kammi-kylä village are very unique places to visit. After a day of outdoor activities, primary school children still get excited about swimming in the warm pools. The city of Kauhajoki will organize a popular Pool Disco in Virkistysuimala Virkku on 19 October 2022. Read more on Virkku’s Facebook page (in Finnish).

Photo: Mirja Koivisto, Alpo’s savannah

Events at Meggala Winery

Visit the exciting and surprising fishbone and water themed Reconnect exhibition at Meggala Winery. The materials used for the works are the bones of pikes caught from lakes Venesjärvi and Verttuu. In the exhibition you can also see a fishing net from the 1860s, which was used to fish on Sinahmi, a former lake that was drained in the 1870s. The exhibition is organized by Viinitila Meggala and Katja Kiviranta #thelumousstory, a craftswoman from Turku. The exhibition is free and open during the winery’s opening hours. Check out other events as well! Read more on Meggala Winery’s website (in Finnish).

Photo: Meggala Winery

AUTUMN IS THE BEST TIME FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Have snacks by the campfire

Enjoy snacks by the campfire. You can also sit down to eat and admire the scenery at the beak of any stump. When sitting and eating snacks, you have time to notice even the smallest details of the environment. You can buy snacks with you from the cafés and restaurants in the area.

Photo: Niina Rautiainen, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

There are lots of great resting places where you can spend time by the campfire in Geopark. In most of the places there is firewood freely available to visitors. You can find the resting places on the map.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Lauhanvuori National Park

Outdoor Etiquette

When hiking, it is always important to consider nature and other people. A smart hiker respects nature in every way, keeps pets in leashes, prevents debris from forming in advance, and brings debris out of the terrain and sorts it properly.

Please use marked trails and follow the rules for different modes of travel. Stay overnight only in marked camping areas.

Photo: Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland, Outdoor Etiquette

Campfires are allowed only on marked places. Always check the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s website for current warnings. During a forest or grass fire warning, fires are strictly prohibited. Learn more about Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland’s Outdoor Etiquette.

Read more about safety on a hiking trip and responsible tourism in Geopark in our articles.

Photo: Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland, Outdoor Etiquette

RESPECT NATURE

Experience Geopark through a film

Get to know the inhabitants, the culture and the nature of the area through Geopark’s In a blink of an eye promotional film. What we see in a blink of an eye is the result of billions of years of geological evolution.

Watch the video on YouTube and enjoy!

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Korsukylä

Main photo: Niina Rautiainen, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

Other photos: Terttu Hermansson, Mirja Koivisto

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Welcome to the autumn Geopark

Enchanting autumn of the Geopark

In the autumn, you can experience the atmosphere of the north in the Geopark. The stunning colors of autumn, the preparation of nature for winter, the migration of birds and the sunny days call you for a hike.

Unforgettable autumn trips in the Geopark

Hiking in autumn when the air is fresh is a Geopark experience at its best. The mires are especially wonderful in the autumn. Hike the trails, cycle along the small roads or find some other way you like to explore the Geopark. You can find Geopark’s places to visit and routes on our Discover pages.

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Kauhaneva, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

In the fall, forests and mires offer huge amounts of wild berries such as lingonberries and cranberries, as well as a wide variety of mushrooms, which one can pick freely. In the pure nature of Geopark, you can collect these ingredients of delicious food and at the same time also benefit from the well-being effects of being in nature. Read more on our articles Mother Nature’s convenience store and Forest baths in the Geopark.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson

On a rainy autumn day or when the evenings get dark, you can just pull on the wool socks and warm up by the fireplace of the cottage. Atmospheric accommodation options in the Geopark can be found on our Accommodation page.

Photo: Korsuretket, Pikku-Itävalta

For a mire trip with children 

The Geopark has several mire sites where hiking is easy, safe and comfortable even with children. Welcome to a mire adventure in the Geopark: pack your favorite snacks in the backpack and come to duckboard trails to admire the great colors of the mires! You can find the mire sites and the best tips for children in our article.

Photo: Laura Koivumäki, Vaarinneva, Hämeenkangas

Bike in the Geopark

It is worth exploring the Geopark and its destinations by cycling either alone, with a friend or with a larger group. Enjoy the countryside on the small roads or the forests and mires on the mountain bike trails. The Geopark’s routes are easy and also suitable for inexperienced cyclists. Read more about our biking tips in the article (in Finnish).

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Kauhaneva, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

You can rent a bicycle from our area:

Kuva: Pasi Talvitie, bike from e-bike Holidays

Use the services and enjoy your stay

The companies in the area offer diverse, high-quality and nature-friendly tourism services for day visitors and those staying longer in the area. For further information visit our Services pages.

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Alkkianvuori

Taste regional cuisine in the Geopark’s cafés and restaurants. Skilled bakers and chefs prepare delicacies in which wild berries, mushrooms and other local ingredients have a main role. In the farm stores and boutiques, you make unique purchases.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, cake from Kahvila-Konditoria Postelli

On guided tours and activities, you will enjoy the Geopark deeply. You can also rent equipment for independent adventures. After the outdoors, pamper yourself with wellness services. Stay in a cosy cottage or in a small hotel. High-quality accommodation options for a wide range of needs are available throughout the area.

Photo: UK-Majoitus

ENJOY HIGH-QUALITY AND NATURE-FRIENDLY SERVICES

Picks from the current offering of our area

By the campfire in the Alpo’s savannah

Stay at the campfire site in the Alpo’s savannah ITE art park. In the campfire site only screws and nails are new. The legs of the benches are old metal and rubber rings, and the wood used is old too. The fire is made in an old pot. The firewood used to be a barrel of oil. The campfire site can be used freely as long as safety is ensured. Read more about the Alpo’s savannah and the Arts Route (in Finnish).

Come to the Alpo’s savannah campfire site on Wed 29.9. at 12 to 1pm. and make the Savannah Rose and discuss culture and rural villages. The event is part of a nationwide Rural Parliament. Read more about the event (in Finnish).

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Alpo’s savannah

Visit the Visit Suupohja website before a trip 

The versatile and inspiring Visit Suupohja tourism website presents the offerings of Geopark’s northernmost municipalities and their surrounding municipalities also outside the Geopark area. On the website, you will find Nature Destinations and Routes in the Suupohja Region, as well as cultural sites and accommodation, food, activities and other services. Read more on the Visit Suupohja website (in Finnish).

Photo: Visit Suupohja, Hyypänjoki Valley

Probably the best chocolate cake in Finland

Is the chocolate cake of Valkoinen Puu Cafe the best in Finland? Visit the Kauhajoki café, taste this delicacy which is the most popular in the selection and decide for yourself! Baked with locally produced organic spelt, the Secret Garden’s Chocolate Cake attracts customers to Valkoinen Puu cafes up to hundreds of kilometers away.

In addition to this favorite chocolate cake, the gluten-free and lactose-free apple-caramel brita and a gluten-free, velvety chocolate dream cake suitable for vegans are also just some examples of the delicacies offered in the cafe. Read more on the Valkoinen Puu website.

Photo: Valkoinen Puu

Sauna experiences at Kirkkokatu Wellness Center

After the hike, warm up in the saunas of the Kirkkokatu Wellness Center. Children have their own fairytale sauna experience, where fun sloth, teddy bear or flower masks can be used for skin care. In the sauna for couples, you relax by candlelight and enjoy the skin-friendly complaints of organic products. Read more on the website.

Photo: Kirkkokatu Wellness Center

Experience the unique Arts Route from Kammi to Skantz

Along the Arts Route, you can visit five magnificent destinations: Kammi-kylä Village, Alpo’s savannah, Anne’s Art Café, Karvia Church and the open-air museum area, and the Skantz Cultural Center.

Each destination on the route, located in the municipalities of Kauhajoki and Karvia, has its own story. Each site is full of detailed and unique art. Take the entire 37 km route or visit individual destinations. Read more on the brochure, the map and the website (all in Finnish), and take a closer look at the Arts Route.

Photo: The Arts Route from Kammi to Skantz

Delicacies and Geonalle products in Raijanholvi

Raijanholvi offers delicious home-cooked food at the lunch buffet. Jellies and jams for the cakes are made by self from local berries. For sale are Raijanholvi’s own finalist berry meringues as well as Geonalle’s products, such as hats, kuksas, mugs, booklets and dark blueberry chocolate with Geonalle’s picture. Read more on Raijanholvi’s web pages (in Finnish).

Photo: Raijanholvi

KykyDesign’s Art Diving

Finding talent is an art that focuses on involving people. The services of KykyDesign include cultural well-being services, where the main emphasis is on promoting health and well-being.

The new concept of the autumn is an experiential Art Diving (Taidesukellus®) workshop (3 h), which is well suited for companies or hikers looking for their creativity. Now it is time to book an activity for the Christmas seasons parties as well. KykyDesigns is located in the former Yrjänäinen school in Kauhajoki, but they can also come to you if necessary! Read more on KykyDesign’s website (in Finnish).

AUTUMN IS THE BEST TIME FOR HIKING

Get yourself warm and have snacks by the campfire

Enjoy snacks by the campfire. You can also sit down to eat and admire the scenery at the beak of any stump. When sitting and eating snacks, you have time to notice even the smallest details of the environment. You can buy snacks with you from the cafés and restaurants in the area.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Lauhanvuori National Park

There are lots of great resting places in the geopark where you can spend time by the campfire. In most of the places there is firewood freely available to visitors. You can find most of the resting places on the Retkikartta map service. Information about other resting places you can find on the Geopark municipalities’ own websites.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Lauhanvuori National Park

Outdoor etiquette

When hiking, it is always important to consider nature and other people. A smart hiker respects nature in every way, keeps pets in leashes, prevents debris from forming in advance, and brings debris out of the terrain and sorts it properly.

Please use marked trails and follow the rules for different modes of travel. Stay overnight only in marked camping areas.

Photo: Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland, Outdoor Etiquette

Campfires are allowed only on marked places. Always check the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s website for current warnings. During a forest or grass fire warning, fires are strictly prohibited. Learn more about Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland’s Outdoor Etiquette.

Read more about how to act responsibly while visiting the Geopark.

Photo: Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland, Outdoor Etiquette

EXPERIENCE THE GEOPARK THROUGH A FILM

Get to know the inhabitants, the culture and the nature of the area through the Geopark’s In a blink of an eye promotional film. What we see in a blink of an eye is the result of billions of years of geological evolution.

Watch the video on YouTube and enjoy!

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Pauliina Lilja from Lilja’s Yarn Shop is knitting mittens with glass veranda pattern, Local History Museum of Siikainen

Main photo: Mirja Koivisto / Tarinakuva, Kauhaneva, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Parks

Other photos: Terttu Hermansson

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WELCOME TO THE AUTUMN GEOPARK!