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!

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!

Charming spring of the Geopark

In spring, as the sun warms and the snow and ice melt, nature of the Geopark comes to life. Hiking routes and sites are fully open to hikers.

Enjoy the atmospheric events

Nature that awakens in the spring, warm weather and bright evenings attract to go out. During Easter holidays you can enjoy the nature and services of the Geopark.

Entrepreneurs of the area offer safe services for families and small groups to enjoy. For example, a bird watching tour to a mire led by an expert guide with delicious campfire snacks is an experience to remember.

You can easily buy services on our online store. Please also take attention to the coronavirus guidelines while visiting the Geopark. Geopark’s partner companies are responsible for arranging the events, so please ask for special instructions always directly from the organizers.

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Taikapolku

Here are some gems of the current offer of the companies of the area:

Country romance and nature experiences in Luomajärvi Horse Inn

Luomajärvi Horse Inn offers wonderful moments with horses, ponies and other domestic animals in a real old-fashioned rural setting. Read more on the Horse Inn’s website and book your own experience. Here are some examples of the offering:

  • Forest trip on ponies or horses by horseback or on horse-drawn carriages to the shed to enjoy a campfire
  • Farm day for the whole family
  • A leisurely Nordic walking trip with snacks
  • Canoe trip on the scenic Jyllinjoki river

Photo: Luomajärvi Horse Inn

Healing forest and dyeing plant tours of Outar in the National Park

At the Outar’s healing forest tour in Lauhanvuori National Park you can experience and observe the well-being effects of the forest. During the forest walk, you move slowly, do nature exercises that open the senses and enjoy nature. Excursions can be arranged for small groups on request. You can also take part in a ready-made series of excursions in May-July. Read more and buy your tour on Outar’s online store (in Finnish).

Also book already a dyeing plant tour for July. During the tour you learn to identify plants suitable for dyeing. Also several color samples will be introduced. When the guide tells you more about plant dyeing, you will enjoy wild herb tea and a relaxed atmosphere in the pine foprest of Lauhanvuori National Park. Read more and buy your tour on Outar’s online store (in Finnish).

Photo: Outar

The spring camp in SyVilla’s garden 

SyVilla offers you a unique opportunity to take part in the spring work of the idyllic courtyard of the former croft at the end of May and beginning of June. At the camp you can e.g. renovate the flower beds, the greenhouse and the vegetable garden, and plant summer flowers under the guidance of a professional gardener. You can also build insect hotels and birdhouses and paint the fences.

You can attend the camp on some of the days or on all of them. The price includes accommodation, meals, sauna, hot tub and outdoor jacuzzi, and on Saturday 5.6.2021 even smoke sauna. Read more, be fast and buy your gardening camp experience on SyVilla’s online store (in Finnish).

Photo: SyVilla

The spring season cakes of Valkoinen Puu Café

Treat yourself with the cakes and the other delicacies of Valkoinen Puu Café! The café offers seasonal cake flavors during the spring. You can easily and safely buy take-away cakes and other snacks from Valkoinen Puu Café. Enjoy take-away delicacies, for example, in the charming garden in the backyard of the café in Kauhajoki.

By purchasing products of Valkoinen Puu Café, you also support the company’s extensive, local cooperation network. In the products of the café local, organic ingredients are used whenever possible. For example, the cakes are made from organic spelt flour of Merinomi located in Kauhajoki. Read more on the website of Valkoinen Puu Café

Photo: Valkoinen Puu

Outdoor activities and saunas at Eteläpää

In the Tourist Center of Eteläpää, by the beautiful Lake Siikaisjärvi, you spend a nice time in nature and take a relaxing sauna. In Eteläpää, you can rent a rowing boat, a canoe or a fatbike, for example. Take also a round at the mini golf or frisbee golf course. The saunas of Eteläpää have just been renovated. Order delicacies and drinks for ypur sauna evening from Eteläpää’s restaurant and complete the sauna experience with a hot tub. The hot can also be rented outside the area. Read more on Eteläpää’s website (in Finnish).

Photo: Viveka Lanne

Enjoy the experiences offered by companies in the unique nature of the Geopark.

Enjoy the spring nature of the Geopark

In the spring you can experience the wonderful nature of mires. You can observe the migration of birds with binoculars or a telescope from bird towers. The towers will be opened to visitors after the snow has melt.

There is a wide range of bird species on the mires at spring time. Also in the fields of the Geopark you can often see huge flocks of migratory birds, such as geese, cranes and swans. The best time to observe birds is early in the morning. In open mires binoculars or a telescope is useful to see and identify birds that stay quite far away.

The mires are rich in waders as well as several seagull species and numerous waterbirds. The wild geese nest at the area, and black and willow grouses also live in the large mires of the Geopark. Many species live in the Geopark on the edge of their habitat – either in the northernmost or southernmost corner.

The restricted areas of the national parks guarantee birds peace to eat and rest during the most important migration period, as well as peace to nesting. Therefore, do not go to the restricted areas marked on the maps during certain times.

Photo: Seppo Myllyviita / Karvian Valokuvaamo

As the snow melts, the white-flowering cotton wool tufts make mires dotty. In wet terrain, you should stay on duckboards. In any case, waterproof equipment is necessary, as water also rises on duckboards in some places.

The cheerfully flowing streams and rivers are fascinating in the spring. Mires play a significant role in spring floods. Undrained mires store water, which reduces flooding in other areas.

Photo: Terttu Hemansson, Kauhanev-Pohjankangas National Park

After the winter, the routes and other hiking structures will open up for use of walkers, cyclists and others. Versatile routes lead to the best destinations in the Geopark. Read more about Geopark’s routes and trails. You can read about Geopark’s mountain bike trails in our article. The cycling opportunities in the Geopark area are being developed currently. The new routes and services are expected to be available as early as the cycling season 2022. Read more about the project.

There are several mire destinations in the Geopark that are also suitable for hiking with children. Read more in our brochure

Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Alkkianvuori

The spring nature of the Geopark charms the visitor.

Please take attention to the Outdoor Etiquette

While spending time outdoors, it is always important to take nature and other people into account. Respect nature in every way and keep pets on a leash. Prevent waste in advance. Bring your waste out of the terrain and sort them properly. By favoring marked routes, you can easily reach the best destinations and protect nature. There are own routes available for walkers, cyclists etc.

Photo: Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland, Outdoor Etiquette

The campfires are only allowed on the marked campfire sites. Even in the spring, the terrain can be dry, so always check the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s website that the forest or grass fire warning is not in effect. If there is, it is strictly forbidden to set camp fires. Stay overnight only on the marked camping sites. Read more about the Outdoor Etiquette of Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland.

Photo: Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland, Outdoor Etiquette

Enjoy by the campfire

A relaxing moment eating snacks by the campfire is one of the highlights of the trip. You can even order food for your family or group ready for the campfire, or grab a snack from the cafés or restaurants in the area.

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Taikapolku

You can find sheds and other campfire places in the Geopark area on the Retkikartta map service. You can also find information about campfire sites on the municipalities’ websites. In most campfire sites there is firewood freely available to visitors. Fires are only allowed at marked campfire sites. Please also take attention to the coronavirus guidelines and the Outdoor Etiquette while staying at Geopark’s campfire sites.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Lauhanvuori National Park

Respect nature and take other people into account while hiking in the Geopark.

The versatile offering of the Geopark’s businesses

The companies in the Geopark area offer high-quality and nature-friendly services for both day travelers and long-term travelers. Check out the wide range of services in the area on our website.

Photo: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere, Korsuretket

Enjoy Geopark destinations on a guided tour led by a local professional guide. You can also rent a bicycle for your own adventures, for example. After hiking in nature, it is nice to treat yourself with treatments and relax in the sauna. Enjoy the delicacies offered by cafés and restaurants of the area. You can find farm products, handicrafts and other local gifts in farm shops and small boutiques.

Photo: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere, Korsuretket

Accommodation options in the area cover a wide range from hotels to hostels and from cottages to rural accommodation. In the area, you can also stay in Tentsile or AuroraHut.

Photo: Toron kievari, Ahmalampi Hut Village

Enjoy the Geopark by bike

In the spring, as the snow and ice melt and roads and paths dry up, bike routes are at their best. You can explore the Geopark and its sites comfortably by bike. You can rent a bicycle from our area (in Finnish):

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Kauhaneva-Pohjankankangas National Park

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, Alpon savanni

Main photo: Terttu Hermansson, Katikankanjoni, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

Welcome to the spring Geopark!

Welcome to the wintery Geopark

The winter of the Geopark is full of activities. Enjoy cross-country skiing on maintained tracks, snowshoeing on quiet mires and downhill sledding. Have a snack by a campfire. The wintery Geopark has a charming nature and plenty of services to enjoy!

Enjoy the winter events

Entrepreneurs of the area offer targeted, safe experiences for families and small groups. For example, a guided trip to the snowy forest, dining by the campfire and a sauna after it will create the perfect winter holiday atmosphere.

Please remember the corona virus instructions when visiting the Geopark. Geopark’s partner companies are responsible for arranging the events, so please always ensure that they take place and ask special instructions from the companies.

Photo: Matti Hautalahti, Kammi-kylä

Here we introduce you some gems of Geopark’s winter offering. You can also easily buy experiences through Geopark’s online store.

Enjoy the treats of Valkoinen Puu Café

Enjoy the cafe’s cheerful service as well as hearty, American-style cakes baked from the best, locally sourced ingredients! Read more on the Valkoinen Puu website.

Swim in the ice hole in Eteläpää

In the tourist center Eteläpää you can swim in the ice hole at least every Sunday during the winter season. Before swimming and having a sauna you can ski on the nice trails of Eteläpää. Read more on Eteläpää’s website (in Finnish).

A family trip to an atmospheric croft

With Kurkikorpi Grandma’s host couple, you can sled to Asell’s croft. There you can have joyful outdoor games and roast stick buns and sausages on the campfire. Take a peek into the 19th-century life of the croft and warm up by the oven. Ask for more information.

Sauna experiences next to the National Park

Lauhansarvi next to Lauhanvuori National Park offers relaxing sauna experiences for families and groups. Enjoy the soft steams of the smoke sauna and spend time in a traditional hut, pamper yourself in the peat sauna or choose a sauna with a hot tub. Read more and book your sauna experience on the web store (in Finnish).

Winter vacation in SyVilla

SyVilla’s winter scenery and nature will charm you at first sight. In SyVilla you will stay comfortably and enjoy the sauna and the outdoor jacuzzi. If you wish, you can also relax in the smoke sauna. Read more and book your holiday on the web store.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson

Taikapolku takes you to winter nature with snowshoes

Snowshoes open new sights to winter nature in Lauhanvuori National Park, the Hyyppä Valley and elsewhere in the Geopark. With snowshoes you can enjoy varied terrain calmly or a little faster. Good snacks complete the lovely experience.

Book a tour for your own group or take part in ready-made departures:

  • Saturday 27th of February at 11 am Brooks of Lauhanvuori National Park
  • Saturday 27th of February at 7 pm Mire in a moonlight in Kauhajoki
  • Sunday 7th of March at 10 am Lauhanvuori National Park

Read more and book your experience on the Taikapolku web store (in Finnish).

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Taikapolku, Hyyppä Valley

Winter experiences in Luomajärvi Horse Inn

Luomajärvi Horse Inn offers wonderful winter activities with ponies and other domestic animals in an old-fashioned rural setting. Read more on the website and book your own experience. Some examples:

  • Trail riding with a pony or a horse and sleigh riding to lean-to including delicious snacks by an open fire
  • A day on the farm for the whole family
  • Snowshoeing in the forest to a lean-to with a campfire
  • A nice moment with ponies for children including pony-care and a leash ride

Photo: Luomajärvi Horse Inn

Exercise and have fun in the winter nature

There are hundreds of miles of groomed trails in the Geopark. Ski slowly or raise your heart rate in varying terrains. Read more about Geopark’s skiing opportunities. You can also explore the winter nature of the Geopark, for example, on horseback or snowshoeing. You can find service providers for guided tours and equipment rental in the Activities section of our website. You can also go wild on the mighty sledding hills of the Geopark.

Photo: Kuntoutuskeskus Kankaanpää, Hämeenkangas

Rent equipment for winter activities

Geopark’s partner companies and the municipalities of the area rent equipment for winter activities. Here are some options. Ask companies for more information. Some of the equipment can be rented in Geopark’s web store. The following web pages are in Finnish.

Photo: Jennika Hakola / eBike Adventures, Lauhanvuori National Park

Skinbased skies

 

Snowshoes

Mountain bikes

Relax by a campfire

The highlight of the outdoor activities is a meal by a campfire. You can buy ready-made take-away treats from cafés or restaurants of the area. Let the blaze of the campfire an the sounds of the surrounding nature relax you. In the Geopark, there are many sheds with firewood freely available to visitors. Campfires are only allowed at marked campfire sites. You can find these sites on Retkikartta online map service. Please also pay attention to the corona virus instructions and the Outdoor etiquette of Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland when hiking in the Geopark.

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Taikapolku, Lauhanvuori National Park

Our entrepreneurs at your service

Entrepreneurs of the area make your stay at the Geopark as relaxing and successful as possible. Treat yourself with the delicacies of the area’s cafés and restaurants and shop at the farm shops and small boutiques. Enjoy the destinations on a guided tour or rent equipment for your own adventures. Relax in natural treatments and the sauna and stay overnight in some of our high-quality accommodation options. The Geopark offers a huge variety of services for both day travelers and those staying longer. Check out the service offering on our website.

Photo: Valkoinen Puu, Kauhajoki

Stay overnight and sleep well

Rent a high-quality cottage or choose another accommodation option of your choice in the Geopark area. Well-equipped cottages and a wide range of additional services guarantee a relaxing holiday. In the Geopark you can spend a memorable night in an AuroraHut igloo. Read more and book on the web store (in Finnish).

Photo: Tiina Ekholm / Lomamökki Luistokas, Jämi

Experience the 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, Annen Taidekahvila, Karvia

Main photo: Kari Leo, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

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

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