Christmas Season at Geopark

Enjoy quiet Geopark nature and relax by a campfire. Cafes and restaurants in the area offer local delicacies. You can buy the most wonderful Christmas gifts in small boutiques and farm stores. Find a peaceful Christmas atmosphere in Geopark!

RELAX IN GEOPARK’S NATURE

Forget the hustle and bustle and relax in Geopark’s nature. Take a hike on a trail and stop by nature sites. Geopark tells a unique story of an ancient mountain region which has during times turned to present low lying mire rich area.

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Alkkianvuori

Visit the bubbling springs of Hämeenkangas that are ice-free all year round, enchanting Katikankanjoni ravine shaded by large spruces, wide mires covered by frost and many other wonderful nature sites of Geopark. Lauhanvuori and Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Parks, for example, are very nice destinations also during winter. At Lauhanvuori you can even see Finnish forest reindeer.

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen, Lauhanvuori National Park

Neva-Lyly is children’s favourite destination with it’s duckboard trail and signposts telling a story about Willpertti troll. At Neva-Lyly you can have snacks by a campfire and even have sauna for free. Also nature trail of Kustaa the elk, accessible route at Kauhaneva as well as duckboard trail of Vaarinneva are top destinations for families.

Read more about Geopark’s destinations and routes at the Discover pages

Photo: Laura Koivumäki, Vaarinneva

Enjoy Geopark’s Two Billion Year Tours routes’ MTB routes also in winter. Common mountain bikes are suitable for routes covered by a small amount of snow. Still, electric fatbikes make your cycling tour even nicer. You can rent a bike in the area. In Jämi you can also cycle in the middle of snow on the local entrepreneurs’ winter cycling route.

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Lauhanvuori National Park

Geopark’s sites and routes are open and accessible, if there isn’t much snow. Due to safety reasons the nature tower of Lauhanvuori is closed during winter. When we get enough snow, Geopark offers great opportunities for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. Please notice that some of the sites might be inaccessible if the roads are covered by a large amount of snow. 

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Jämi, Hämeenkangas

EXPERIENCE THE LOCAL CULTURE

Experience the local culture by visiting villages and meeting local people. The host of Kammi-kylä turf hut village, for example, may tell you old stories about huntsmen and spirit makers. Take a walk through the Circle of Arts and have a look on the cultural sight and landscapes covered by frost and snow. Read more at the Discover pages.

Photo: Matti Hautalahti, Kammi-kylä

LISTEN TO THE SILENCE

ENJOY THE SERVICES

The businesses of the area offer versatile tourist services for travelers. Read more at the Services pages.

Photo: Valkoinen Puu

Taste the delicacies offered by the area’s restaurants and cafés. Local, pure ingredients such as forest berries and mushrooms as well as game are commonly used in their products. Buy also take away meals with you for your nature trips.

Photo: Einari Vuorinen / Korsuretket

You can buy unique gifts at farm shops and small boutiques. A Geo-gnome, for example, brings a scent of tar to the sauna and socks knitted from local organic wool keeps you warm. A gift card is also a very good christmas present.

Photo: Ronja Kuokkanen, Outar

Enjoy your hike with an authorized Geopark Guide. The local guides take you safely to the sites and tell the fascinating stories related to them. Read more about the Guided Tours on the Activities page.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Alkkianvuori

Being in nature promotes your wellbeing. There are various professionals available to help you to gain the wellbeing benefits of nature. After nature experiences you can relax in nice treatments as well as in sauna and hot tub in the middle of the forest. Read more at the Wellness page.

Photo: Einari Vuorinen, Korsuretket

In the evening, after spending time outside, it’s wonderful to sit down by the fireplace and fall asleep in a soft bed. Stay in a cabin, inn, farm or hotel. High-quality accommodation options are available in different parts of the Geopark area. Read more on the Accommodation page.

Photo: Salaisen Puutarhan Majatalo

PICKS FROM THE CURRENT OFFER OF THE AREA

A feel-good Christmas at Kuntoutuskeskus

Relax in the spa and sauna, have some fresh air in the nature and enjoy by a camp fire, eat delicacies and have fun in the christmas activities in Kuntoutuskeskus Kankaanpää. Stay in the hotels Geopark room and take trips to Geopark’s destinations. The restaurant offer Christmas meals several times at December. Read more at the web pages of Kuntoutuskeskus.

Photo: Kuntoutuskeskus Kankaanpää

Jämi Christmas Market

The traditional Jämi Christmas Market will be organized again at Jämi Arena and its surroundings from Sat to Sun on the 10th to 11th of December 2022. Enjoy the atmosphere, buy food for Christmas and handicrafts of various types, meet Santa Claus and visit the gingerbread exhibition. Read more at the Market’s Facebook-page.

Photo: Jämi Christmas Market 

Find your creativity at the Taidesukellus Art Dive

Are you interested in finding the artist inside you? The Taidesukellus® Art Dive method helps you to find your senses and your thoughts through visual art. You don’t need any previous experience. You only need some bravery to to dive into unknown. The Art Dive is suitable for different groups and can be organized in the KykyDesigns property that in the middle of nature. Read more on the web pages of KykyDesign or at www.taidesukellus.fi.

Photo: KykyDesign

Deepen your relationship with nature

Visoko’s nature-based services support the deepening of self-motivated nature experience, responsibility and values through motivation and guidance. The products and courses of the Silence-series -25 % off till the end of the year. Participate the lottery and you may win the particular course. Order also the Visiko’s newsletter. Read more on the web pages of Visoko.

Photo: Visoko

Christmas Market at Meggala Winery

The traditional Christmas Market of Meggala Winery on Sat 17th of Dec 2022 from 11 am to 5 pm offers festive drinks and food for Christmas. Buy very popular drinks of the season as glogg, wines and cider as well as brand new strawberry sparkling wine. Jams, cheese, christmas food and bakings as well as local handicrafts are also available. You may meet Santa Claus who gives small gifts for children. Read more at the web pages of Meggala Winery.

Photo: Einari Vuorinen, Meggala Winery

Relax in the treatments of Harmonia Keidas

The treatments offered by Harmonia Keidas in the middle of the beautiful nature of Pyhäniemi you will get rid of stress and enhance your wellbeing. Calm down and find tools to recover. Choose your favorite from a wide selection of wellness services. Read more on the web pages of Harmonia Keidas

Photo: Harmonia Keidas 

 

ENJOY THE SERVICES

WARM UP BY A CAMP FIRE

There are many nice campfire sites in Geopark. In most of them fire wood is freely available for visitor. You can find the places by zooming 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.

Photo: Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland, Outdoor Etiquette

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

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

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, Olu Bryki Raum / Suupohjan panimo in Korsukylä

Main photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

Other photos: Pasi Talvitie

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WELCOME TO GEOPARK DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!

Christmas atmosphere in the Geopark

Come to the Geopark and enjoy quiet nature by a campfire. Visit the cafés and restaurants in the area. From the boutiques you will buy the most wonderful gifts for Christmas. Feel the peaceful Christmas atmosphere of the Geopark!

Calm down in the Geopark

Forget the hurry in nature in the Geopark. Take a hike and explore the destinations that tell the unique story of the Geopark. The scenery tells about the development of the area from an ancient mountain range to the present landscape with vast open mires.

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Taikapolku, Kauhaneva, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

The springs of Hämeenkangas which are open throughout the year, the enchanting spruce gorge of Katikankanjoni, the frosty mires and numerous other magnificent Geopark sites call you for a visit.  Lauhanvuori and Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Parks, for example, are great excursion destinations even in winter. In Lauhanvuori National Park you can even meet Finnish forest deers!

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Taikapolku, Lauhanvuori National Park

 

Neva-Lyly is a favorite destination for families with children. Take a hike on the duckboard trail and get to know the story of Wilpertti Gnome who lives in a tiny hut. Eat snacks by a campfire in lean-to or by the lake. In Neva-Lyly you may even heat up the sauna!

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Neva-Lyly

Mountainbikers enjoy riding a bike on the GeoBike route (in Finnish) in Lauhanvuori National Park, on the needle paths of the ridges on Hämeenkangas (in Finnish), the route (in Finnish) in the cultural and forest landscapes of Kauhajoki from Hyyppä valley’s landscape area to Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park and on the wilderness route (in Finnish) from Pyhäniemi to Käsyvuori. The routes are easy to ride and suitable for beginners, too.

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Lauhanvuori National Park

You can rent a bicycle from our area (the links in Finnish):

Photo: e-bike Holidays, Pyhäniemi

When there is little snow, the Geopark’s routes and destinations are in use and accessible. However, the Lauhanvuori observation tower will be closed for the winter for safety reasons. When there is enough snow, the Geopark has great opportunities for skiing and sledding.

 Learn more about the Geopark’s destinations and routes on our Discover pages.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Kylmänmyllynlähde, Hämeenkangas

Experience the local culture

In the Geopark you will also discover the fascinating culture of the area. Take a tour in the villages and chat with the locals. For example, the host of Kammi-kylä may tell you stories about former inhabitants of the area. Get to know e.g. the Circle of Art and admire the Geopark’s cultural sites and landscapes in their winter outfits. Learn more about Geopark’s cultural landscapes and significant buildings.

Learn more about the Geopark’s destinations and routes on our Discover pages.

Photo: The town of Kauhajoki, Hämes-Havunen

CALM DOWN IN THE GEOPARK

Enjoy the services and your stay in the Geopark

The companies in our area offer high-quality services to travelers in the area. Check out the wide range on our Services page.

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Taikapolku

Visit the Geopark’s cafés and restaurants, where pure local ingredients such as berries, mushrooms and game are prepared to tempting delicacies. You can also buy take away snacks from cafes and restaurants and eat them in the woods.

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Taikapolku

In the farm stores and boutiques, you may purchase unique gifts. Buy for yourself or a loved one, for example, soft socks woven from local sheep’s wool or delicacies made from local ingredients. A gift card of a Geopark enterprice is a great gift idea!

Photo: Noora Mäkinen / Tilapuoti Dyrfinna

Take a local guide with you on your trip and you will enjoy Geopark to the fullest. With a local guide, the tour is comfortable and safe, you will find the best routes and the most fascinating destinations and hear stories. Information on local guides can be found on our Activities page.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Alkkianvuori

It is shown that staying and exercising in nature promote health and well-being. You can make the best of the well-being effects of nature under the guidance of dedicated experts. After outdoor activities, you will pamper yourself with, for example, peat treatment and bathing in the smoke sauna and the hot tub in the woods. Learn more on our Wellness page.

Photo: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere, Kirkkokadun Hyvän Olon Keskus

When the evening comes, it is wonderful to relax in the warmth of the fireplace in a cozy cottage. High-quality and varied accommodation options from cottages to hotels are available throughout the Geopark area. Learn more on our Accommodation page.

Photo: Pyhäniemi Wellbeing

Some gems of the current supply of companies in the area

Lauha’s Christmas delicacies and sauna experiences

Lauha offers Christmas delicacies and sauna experiences in Honkahovi and the Lauhansarvi Nature Tourist Center next to Lauhanvuori National Park. Please, make a table reservation in advance. You can also order Christmas food for your own occasions and choose the delicacies you like from several different menu options. For example, try the GEOfood menus, which are based on regional dishes such as local game, berries and root vegetables.

In Lauhansarvi, you can also enjoy a variety of sauna experiences. Book a smoke sauna, a peat sauna or a sauna with a bath for your family or group. Accomplish your sauna evening with tasty meals. Learn more on Lauha’s website (in Finnish).

Photo: Lauhatuotanto

An authentic country Christmas in Luomajärvi Horse Inn

Experience the Christmas atmosphere in the idyllic rural setting in Luomajärvi Horse Inn. The farm’s horses, ponies and other domestic animals, as well as the top-class restaurant invite you to enjoy and relax. Horse Inn offers e.g. horse rides with delicious snacks by the campfire. Also remember the gift cards (in Finnish) of the Horse Inn.

A wonderful Christmas lunch is served in the restaurant on 24th of December. Please, book your table for Christmas lunch in advance. You can also spend a memorable country Christmas in the Inn with its unique accommodations, meals and programs. Learn more on the Inn’s website (in Finnish).

Photo: Luomajäri Horse Inn

Come to the Horse Inn’s Christmas market On Sunday, December 19, 2021. In the old barn where stable lanterns twinkle, the products of local craftsmen and farms are sold. Rice porridge and Christmas pastries are enjoyed in the Christmas café, and more meaty delicacies are served in the yard. Taste also homemade Christmas glogg and glühwein. Learn more on the Inn’s Facebook page (in Finnish).

Photo: Luomajäri Horse Inn

Delicacies at Café Postelli

Pop in to the atmospheric Café Postelli located next to the famous market place in Kankaanpää! The red-brick, sympathetic, former post office built in the 1930s is an attraction in itself.

The café serves tempting savory and sweet delicacies. The pastries are made on site by Postelli’s own baker. Order the most beautiful biscuits and tasty cakes and loafs for your own Christmas table as well! Learn more on Postelli’s website (in Finnish).

Photo: Café Postelli

Meggala Winery’s Christmas shop with wines and gifts

Buy wonderful local wines, mulled wine and ciders for your Christmas table from the winery Meggala. You can also taste Meggala’s drinks in the winery’s own, atmospheric café-restaurant.

In addition to drinks, you can also buy pastries from Julia’s bakery and local handicrafts for yourself or for a gift. Meggala’s elves welcome you to the farm shop every day (except Mondays) and especially on Sat 18.12. for the winery’s Christmas market. Learn more on the Meggala Winery’s website (in Finnish).

Photo: Meggala Winery

Fabulous Christmas in Valkoinen Puu Cafe & Shop

Valkoinen Puu Cafe & Shop along the main street of the town of Kauhajoki, in the former Ollonqvist commercial house, invites you to enjoy the atmosphere and famous delicacies of the café. Sea buckthorn-meringue ​cake, Lapland’s mother’s lingonberry dream cake and numerous other wonderful pastries are handmade in the café’s own bakery from local ingredients.

In the café’s shop, you can buy the most beautiful and delicious Christmas gifts pre-packaged. Handmade delicacies baked from high-quality, local, organic ingredients, jams and juices from a nearby farm, as well as ceramics from the café’s owner couple, are sure to delight the recipient of the gift. Also remember the gift cards of Valkoinen Puu! Learn more on the Valkoinen Puu website.

Photo: Valkoinen Puu

For Christmas, a unique Secret Garden Inn will open in Kauhajoki, in the former Äijälä parsonage, located nearby the Valkoinen Puu Café. You can see on Instagram (@salaisen.puutarhan.majatalo) the owner couple of Valkoinen Puu, Kirsi and Mark, preparing the Inn to receive the first guests.

Photo: Valkoinen Puu

Enjoy the Geopark’s high-quality services

Relax by a campfire

The Geopark has lots of great resting places where you can spend time by a campfire. There is firewood freely available to visitors in most of these sites. Campfires are only allowed at marked campfire sites. You can find some of these on the Retkikartta map service. You can find information on other campfire sites on the Geopark municipalities’ web pages.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Spitaalijärvi, Lauhanvuori National Park

Outdoor Etiquette

When hiking, it is always important to consider nature and other people. Respect nature in every way and keep pets in the leash. Prevent the waste in advance. Bring your debris out of the forest and sort the garbage properly. Please use marked trails and follow the rules for different modes of travel. Stay overnight only in marked camping areas.

Learn more: Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland’s Outdoor Etiquette and How to act responsibly when visiting the Geopark

Photo: Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland, Outdoor Etiquette

Please notice the valid regional corona pandemic restrictions and recommendations (Satakunta / Southern Ostrobothnia / Pirkanmaa, in Finnish) as well as Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland’s corona virus guidelines when visiting the Geopark. Please always check the realisation of events and the availability of services on the organizers’ web pages. The Geopark is not responsible for any changes.

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

Experience the Geopark through a film

Get to know the inhabitants, culture and 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!

Terttu Hermansson: Terttu Hermansson, Olu Bryki Raum / Suupohja Brewery in Korsukylä

Main photo: Pasi Talvitie, Hämeenkangas

Other photos: Terttu Hermansson, Pasi Talvitie

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Welcome to the Geopark at Christmas time!

Experience Geopark’s Christmas time

In Geopark, you calm down in wonderful natural sites and enjoy quality services. Reach the Christmas atmosphere at Lauhanvuori - Hämeenkangas UNESCO Global Geopark!

The nature of the Geopark tells the story of the ancient mountain range and the transformation of the landscape into a low-lying mire rich area. You will feel the impact of mystical bogs and forests on local life and traditions through the cultural sites and the services of the area. Geopark’s Christmas offerings are presented in a brochure (only in Finnish).

Photo: Matti Hautalahti, Kammi-kylä

Take a walk in stunning landscapes, feel the atmosphere of the events, get to know the local people and the culture in the unique sights, enjoy delicacies that are made from local ingredients, and shop at the farm shops. Relax in sauna and enjoy natural wellness services. At the end of a memorable day, you will sleep sweetly in an idyllic cottage in the middle of the forest.

Photo: Tuukka Kiviranta, Valkoinen Puu

Please remember the general instructions for coronavirus and the instructions of Metsähallitus while visiting Geopark’s events and sites and when hiking in the nature. Check the event organizers’ own pages for possible delays and further information. Happy, safe and atmospheric Christmas time!

Photo: Terttu Hermansson