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!


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 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



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


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

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 




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


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


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


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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Fall in love with skiing in the Geopark

Well-groomed trails and glowing snowy mires call you to ski in the Geopark. Due to the geological history, the area has also higher hills that collect more snowfall than the surrounding areas.

On the tracks and outside of them

There are hundreds of miles of groomed trails in the Geopark. The magnificent trails of the pine forests of Hämeenkangas and Lauhanvuori National Park as well as the Pyhäniemi – Käskyvuori route in Kihniö are among the most popular ones, but there are also other great skiing opportunities in every municipality of the area. You can find trail maps and information on the condition of the trails in the links below. Some of the trails are also marked on Retkikartta online map service. In Jämi in Hämeenkangas, dog enthusiasts can ski on their own dog track (in Finnish).

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Hämeenkangas

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Hämeenkangas

With long forest skis, handy skinbased skis or traditional snowshoes, you will create your own routes outside Geopark’s ready-made trails and find your new, most enchanting favorite places. Professional guides of our area will take you on nature adventures safely. You can find these activity providers in the Activities section of our website. You can also rent equipment for your own winter experiences. Read more on our winter article.

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Taikapolku, Hyyppä valley

Challenge yourself at skiing events

The area has a long tradition of large skiing events. Pirkka Ski Race in Hämeenkangas is the oldest continuously organized mass skiing event in Finland, and Kauha-Hiihto and Lauhan hiihto events have brought skiers to Lauhanvuori for decades.

Photo: Pirkka Ski Race, Hämeenkangas

Pirkka Ski Race

Pirkka Ski Race is organized yearly at early March from Niinisalo in Kankaanpää via Jämijärvi to Tampere. In addition to the full distance of 90 kilometers, it is also possible to ski shorter sections of the trip.

The actual Pirkka Ski Race will be organized on 6th of march, if possible. One week after this, Reppu-Pirkka, based on self-service, may possibly be arranged this year, despite the pandemic. Read more about the event on the organizer’s website.  

Kauha-Hiihto and Lauhan hiihto skiing events

Another large, traditional skiing event in the Geopark area is Kauha-Hiihto in the Lauhanvuori area in late February. The event will be arranged on 20th of February, if possible. Read more about the event on the organizer’s website (in Finnish).

In Isojoki, in the landscapes of Lauhanvuori, Lauhan hiihto skiing event has traditionally been organized. 

Main photo: Pasi Talvitie, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park