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Hämeenlinna, Aulanko

Located only about 4 kilometres from the centre of Hämeenlinna, Aulanko Nature Reserve and outdoor recreation area (approximately 750 ha) has attracted people to calm down, relax and get in contact with nature for already more than a century. Aulanko is well-known for its beautiful national landscapes and historical sights, offering something for everyone from older people to the smallest members of the family. Aulanko Nature Reserve contains an English-style park constructed between 1883 and 1938.

With its buildings, the park is a nationally significant environment of cultural history. In order to preserve the landscape’s spacious and park-like feel, the park forest is actively managed. It is easy to move about in the Aulanko region, and the area’s diverse services make it possible to spend more time in Aulanko’s naturally beautiful park forest. There are, for example, beaches, campfire sites, hiking and horse riding routes, an outdoor recreation centre, a café and restaurant services, as well as a hotel offering diverse activities in the area.


Aulanko-trails

Trail description

Theme of trail: Treasures of Aulanko

Aulanko lyhyt

The easy (approx. 2.8 km), blue route is located in the Aulanko Nature Reserve, and it passes by the main attractions of the region. The route starts from the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre towards Ruusulaakson paviljonki (Rose Valley Pavilion), where it continues along the shore of Lake Metsälampi (Forest Pond). If they wish, visitors can stop by Lake Joutsenlampi (Swan Pond) from the Rose Valley Pavilion, to observe birds or just to sit back and relax for a while, admiring the beautiful pond. Lake Joutsenlampi (Swan Pond) also has a kiosk open for visitors in the summer. From Lake Metsälampi (Forest Pond), the trail continues into the depths of the park forest, where you can spend a moment surrounded by beautiful pine trees. The path then rises up to café Tornikahvila and the lookout tower of Aulanko, both of which are open in the summer. The lookout tower offers a beautiful view over the surrounding nature. You can also admire the scenery from a viewing platform in the vicinity of the tower. The trail returns mostly downhill back to the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre. Good to know

The DigiTrail mobile app offers interesting information about the history and sights of the area, as well as available activities and services.

The trail can be easily tailored to the visitor’s wishes. There is a lot to see in Aulanko, and, especially in the summer, it is nice to take a slightly extended route and walk around Lake Joutsenlampi (Swan Pond). Visitors hungry for challenges and keen on raising their heart rate can combine the trail with a visit to Karhuluola (Bear Cave), which can be accessed by 322 steep stone steps leading down from the side of the viewing platform. The steps may be very slippery when it rains and during the winter. In the cave, visitors can admire a sculpture named Karhut (Bears) and gather their strength for taking the steps back up to the trail.

There is a campfire site by the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre at the trail's start. Café Tornikahvila and Joutsenlampi kiosk are open in the summer. The outdoor recreation centre offers opportunities for swimming all year round, a sauna for rent and fitness equipment. Aulanko Lookout Tower is located at the highest point of the trail, and it offers stunning views over the Häme landscape. The lookout tower is free of charge and open daily in the summer from 8 to 19. Aside from hiking, other possible activities in the Aulanko region include cycling, canoeing, swimming and horse riding. In the winter, there are also skiing trails of different lengths in the area. In the vicinity of Hotel Aulanko, visitors have an opportunity to play tennis, mini golf and golf on two different courts. The area also includes a spa and a climbing park.

In the Aulanko Nature Reserve, visitors are allowed to walk, ski, or drive a car on the ring road from 8 in the morning until 11 at night during the summer. They are also allowed to pick edible mushrooms and berries. According to the regulations, mountain biking is only permitted on the tarmacked ring road, as well as roads and paths surfaced with gravel. Riding is allowed only on separately allocated routes.

Level of difficulty

The easy route takes about one hour. The trail mostly follows a road or a gravel path, which is not slippery even in the rain. The southern part of the trail (from Lake Metsälampi to Aulanko Lookout Tower) consists of an uncoated forest path and may be muddy and/or slippery in rainy weather. In this case, waterproof footwear is useful, although otherwise regular outdoor equipment suffices. Winter boots with a good grip are recommended for the trail in the winter.

To the start of the trail

The route starts from the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre, which has plenty of free parking space. Aulanko is signposted from the Helsinki–Tampere highway (highway 3) and from the Turku–Lahti road (highway 10). The distance between Hämeenlinna Railway Station and the Outdoor Recreation Centre is 5,3 km by car (taxi rank in front of railway station) and 4,7 km on foot. An internal bus (line number 2) also runs to Hotel Aulanko from the railway station. Hotel Aulanko is located approximately 1.5 km from the trail’s starting point, the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre.


TRAIL’S START AND END POINT:  Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre, Linnanen 75, 13220 Hämeenlinna 61.028646, 24.462335

TRAIL MARKINGS:  There are no route markings along the trail, but the path is easy to follow with the DigiTrail app.

TRAIL SUITABILITY:  :The trail is suitable for all hikers, both children and adults. The terrain is easy to walk on, and there are many attractions, activities and sitting areas along the way.


Trail description

Aulanko keski

The intermediate (appr. 5,8 km), red trail follows the borders of Aulanko Nature Reserve, and passes by historically noteworthy attractions as well as protected ancient monuments, such as the old gunpowder magazine. The route starts from the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre and runs along the shore of Lake Aulangonjärvi to Karhuluola (Bear Cave). A steep staircase consisting of 322 stone steps rises from Karhuluola (Bear Cave) to the Aulanko Lookout Tower, where the fittest hikers can climb to admire the magnificent national landscapes of Aulanko. From Karhuluola (Bear Cave), the trail continues slightly forward and turns to the right, continuing uphill towards the old gunpowder magazine. Remains of its stone wall can still be seen. From the gunpowder magazine, the trail continues towards Aulangontie Road and all the way to a granite castle. After the granite castle, originally built as a viewpoint in 1887 and currently functioning as a summer theatre for children, the trail continues to Lake Joutsenlampi (Swan Pond) in Aulanko. Lake Joutsenlampi is one Aulanko’s most impressive sights in the summer, and well worth visiting. A small kiosk by the Lake Joutsenlampi car park is open for visitors in the summer. It is rewarding to rest for a moment, have an ice cream and admire the birds by the lake. From Lake Joutsenlampi (Swan Pond), the trail continues to the Rose Valley Pavilion by Lake Metsälampi (Forest Pond), returning back to the starting point at the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre.

Good to know

The trail is mostly lit; only the section from the gunpowder magazine to the granite castle does not have lights. The first part of the trail runs through a moist spruce forest, which turns into a pine forest after the gunpowder magazine. The trail can be easily tailored to the visitor’s wishes. For example, the Aulanko Lookout Tower can be accessed directly from Karhuluola (Bear Cave) along steep stone stairs. Please note that the steps may be very slippery when it rains and during the winter. The lookout tower is free of charge and open daily in the summer from 8 to 19. It is easy to stop by the hotel area from the granite castle and access its services.

Level of difficulty

The intermediate trail takes approximately 1.5 hours. The trail mostly follows a gravel path, and does not have any particularly difficult areas. The trail’s southern part consists of an uncoated forest path, which can be muddy or slippery in the rain. In this case, waterproof footwear is useful. Regular outdoor equipment is ideal for the trail. There are various places for resting along the trail, such as benches and pavilions. Winter boots with a good grip are recommended for the trail in the winter.

To the start of the trail

The route starts from the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre, which has plenty of free parking space. Aulanko is signposted from the Helsinki–Tampere highway (highway 3) and from the Turku–Lahti road (highway 10). The distance between Hämeenlinna Railway Station and the Outdoor Recreation Centre is 5,3 km by car (taxi rank in front of railway station) and 4,7 km on foot. An internal bus (line number 2) also runs to Hotel Aulanko from the railway station. Hotel Aulanko is located approximately 1.5 km from the trail’s starting point, the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT: Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre, Linnanen 75, 13220 Hämeenlinna 61.028646, 24.462335

TRAIL MARKINGS:: There are no route markings along the trail, but the path is easy to follow with the DigiTrail app.

TRAIL SUITABILITY: The route is perfect for hikers who enjoy longer routes and are interested in local history. The terrain is easy to walk on, and there are many attractions, activities and sitting areas along the way.


Trail description

Aulanko vaativa

The difficult (approximately 8.2 km), black route offers diverse landscapes for the hikers: forests, fields and water bodies. The route departs towards the north, circling clockwise around Lake Aulangonjärvi. The route passes by Aulanko Golf towards Aulangon Rauha which offers accommodation services on the north side of the lake. The trail continues for approximately one kilometre along a forest road, before turning onto an uncoated path, which is sometimes very wet and criss-crossed by roots. Not only does this path offer balance exercises, but it is also perfect for calming down, enjoying the sounds of nature and the lovely forest scents. Finally, the path returns to Lake Aulangonjärvi by Käärmekallio (Snake Rock), offering a wonderful view to the other side of Lake Aulangonjärvi and towards the Aulanko Lookout Tower. Käärmekalliot (the Snake Rocks) rise more than 30 metres above the surface of Lake Aulangonjärvi, which makes the descent to the lake shore slightly challenging. Before descending to the lake, it is worth grabbing some firewood from the shed located on top of the hill, as there is a campfire site at the bottom of the hill. The trail continues on duckboards along the path of Lake Aulangonjärvi (marked with yellow paint). There is a public beach in Kihtersuo on the eastern shore of the lake. The trail passes by Lusikanniemi, which has a jetty for swimming. An illuminated fitness trail leads to Karhuluola (Bear Cave), next to which a steep staircase consisting of 322 stone steps goes up to the Aulanko Lookout Tower. The fittest hikers eager to increase their heart rate can climb up the steps and admire the magnificent national landscapes before returning to the starting point. The trail provides a calming and relaxing nature experience, and it is also possible to do yoga exercises along the trail, following the instructions on the mobile application.

Good to know

To a great extent, the trail follows the path of Lake Aulangonjärvi. Hikers preferring a more straightforward route can follow the yellow paint marks instead. The trail can be easily combined with Aulanko’s attractions. Visitors hungry for challenges and keen on raising their heart rate can combine the trail with a visit to the lookout tower, which can be accessed by a staircase of 322 steep stone steps, located in the vicinity of Karhuluola (Bear Cave). The steps may be very slippery when it rains and during the winter. This slightly longer trail branches out from the path of Lake Aulangonjärvi deeper into the forest, which makes it perfect for a peaceful nature experience.

Located along the trail, the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre offers services for hikers (swimming, café, a sauna for rent and sports equipment). Aulangon Rauha provides accommodation services and café Tornikahvila by the lookout tower can be accessed by stairs from Karhuluola (Bear Cave). Otherwise, there are no services along the trail, so it makes sense to pack some snacks. There is one campfire site near Käärmekallio (Snake Rock) on the shore of Lake Aulangonjärvi, and visitors can, for example, barbecue sausages by the Lapp hut located by the Outdoor Recreation Centre. It makes sense to bring matches or a lighter for setting up a campfire, but aside from that, regular camping equipment suffices. In the summer, swimming equipment is worth bringing, because there are various beautiful swimming spots along the trail. The DigiTrail mobile app teaches hikers how to do relaxing forest yoga exercises.

Level of difficulty

The difficult route takes approximately four hours. The trail is only 8 km long, but the terrain makes its challenging. To a great extent, the trail runs along a road and on duckboards, but a significant section in the north follows a forest path. The path can be muddy when it rains and the duckboards can be slippery. In this case, waterproof footwear is useful, although otherwise regular outdoor equipment suffices. Winter boots with a good grip are recommended for the trail in the winter.

To the start of the trail

The route starts from the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre, which has plenty of free parking space. Aulanko is signposted from the Helsinki–Tampere highway (highway 3) and from the Turku–Lahti road (highway 10). The distance between Hämeenlinna Railway Station and the Outdoor Recreation Centre is 5,3 km by car (taxi rank in front of railway station) and 4,7 km on foot. An internal bus (line number 2) also runs to Hotel Aulanko from the railway station. Hotel Aulanko is located approximately 1.5 km from the trail’s starting point, the Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT: Aulanko Outdoor Recreation Centre, Linnanen 75, 13220 Hämeenlinna 61.028646, 24.462335

TRAIL MARKINGS:   There are no route markings along the trail, but the path is easy to follow with the DigiTrail app.

TRAIL SUITABILITY:   The trail is suitable for hikers in good physical shape, who enjoy longer hikes along challenging terrains and paths.


Aulanko

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Evo, Evo Centre

Evo is well-known for the first forestry institute in Finland, as well as its wilderness, nature, birds and beavers. The Evo Hiking Area (approximately 4700 hectares) has been popular amongst hikers as well as scouts for decades. Lynx trails criss-cross the area, which provides hiking trails tailored for every taste, all the way to Asikkala and Padasjoki.

Evo is located higher than its surroundings in a watershed region, which is characterised by plentiful small lakes and ponds, and soil with low nutrient value. Traditional forestry has directed the development of Evo’s nature. The dominant forest types are mesic and sub-xeric heath forests. The pine is the most common tree species, and more than half of the trees are pine trees. There are only few lush areas in Evo. Also natural mires are rare. You can see mires, for instance, along the Lake Niemisjärvi trail or Harjupolku path. The undulating landscape was formed by the Ice Age.

There is much to see and experience along Evo’s hiking routes. The water bodies are clean, and you can even drink directly from some of the lakes. A lucky visitor may even spot a beaver constructing a dam. Fishermen and families with children enjoy fishing the implanted or natural salmon. Evo Centre offers café and accommodation services almost throughout the year, and the campus saunas (a traditional and a smoke sauna) can be hired for recreational purposes. Additionally, there are lean-to shelters, cabin accommodation, and campfire sites in the area. Experience the energy of Evo any time of the year.


Evo-trails

Trail description

Evo lyhyt

The easy (approximately 3.8 km), blue route departs from the Evo Centre and follows the Metsätaitorata Trail of the campus almost from beginning to end. In addition to hiking, you can test your own forest skills along the track, as presented by the mobile app. The trail goes around Lake Alinen Rautjärvi, with the scenery changing rapidly from a young pine forest to a recently planted one. The trail then crosses over River Luutajoki and finally disappears into a spruce forest. In the spruce forest, you can see historical charcoal pits, and continue your journey into an old pine forest. The Onkimankangas campfire site on the western side of Lake Alinen Rautjärvi is a great place for resting, as it offers beautiful lake views. The route continues onto a road south of Lake Alinen Rautjärvi, and returns back to the Evo Centre, passing by the football field and Evo’s sawmill.

Good to know

The route is its own entity, and it is difficult to connect it seamlessly with other trails in Evo. However, the terrain is easy and the route is clear to follow. In addition, at the beginning of the route it is possible to go for a swim in Lake Rautjärvi. Apart from its last third, the trail follows a path or a carriage road, and is not lit. It is also possible to ride a bike on the trail. The trail has one campfire site with an outdoor toilet nearby. The Evo Centre café located at the trail’s start and end is open on weekdays from 8 to 14.

Level of difficulty

The trail takes approximately 1.5 hours. At the beginning, the trail follows a path with an even surface, and widens towards the end into a forest motor road and eventually a surfaced road. The route may be wet in rainy weather, but otherwise it does not offer any great challenges. The trail is not lit, and so it makes sense to hike in daylight. Regular outdoor equipment suffices, taking into account the weather.

To the start of the trail

The trails start from the Evo Centre, which can be accessed from the main road number 53 by following the signs to Evo or Häme University of Applied Sciences. There is plenty of parking space in the Evo Centre area. The trail’s starting point is approximately 20 kilometres towards Padasjoki from Shopping Centre Tuulonen, and approximately 25 km from Padasjoki towards Tuulonen.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT: : Evo Centre, Saarelantie 1, 16970 Evo 61.196849, 25.107987

TRAIL MARKINGS: There are no route markings along the trail, but the path is easy to follow with the DigiTrail app.

TRAIL SUITABILITY: : The trail is suitable for all hikers, both children and adults. The terrain is easy to walk on.

Trail description

Evo keski

The intermediate (approx. 7.8 km), red route departs from the Evo Centre along a sawdust track, follows the Syrjänalusen Harjupolku Trail, and returns along the sawdust track and forest paths back to the Evo Centre. There is a lot to see along the way, and Evo’s nature shows its true potential: in addition to varying terrain and old burning pits, there are natural water bodies along the way, offering clean drinking water. At the beginning of the trail, you can climb to the top of Punssivuori Hill, which offers a beautiful view over Evo. The route continues along a sawdust path to Syrjänalunen, where the Harjupolku Trail starts, returning eventually back to the road. After crossing the road, you can walk along duckboards which go around the mire nearby. The duckboards are old and, in a couple of places, your feet may get wet. After the swamp, there is a small spring along the trail. The route continues from the spring to the end of the Harjupolku Trail, returning back to the Evo Centre along a sawdust track and paths.

Good to know

The route runs along Hämeen Ilvesreitistö (Häme Lynx Trails), and can be easily tailored to your needs. Its is easy to connect the intermediate trail with Evo’s difficult (black) route, which heads to the Sorsakolu lean-to shelter. A sign in the northern end of the esker guides the visitors directly to Sorsakolu. The sections along the sawdust track are illuminated. There is a lean-to shelter, a campfire site and an outdoor toilet by Lake Syrjänalunen. The Evo Centre café located at the trail’s start and end is open on weekdays from 8 to 14.

Level of difficulty

The trail takes approximately 3 hours. It is a good idea to wear waterproof shoes along the route. Otherwise, regular outdoor equipment suffices, taking into account the weather.

To the start of the trail

The trails start from the Evo Centre, which can be accessed from the main road number 53 by following the signs to Evo or Häme University of Applied Sciences. There is plenty of parking space in the Evo Centre area. The trail’s starting point is approximately 20 kilometres towards Padasjoki from Shopping Centre Tuulonen, and approximately 25 km from Padasjoki towards Tuulonen.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT: :  Evo Centre, Saarelantie 1, 16970 Evo 61.196849, 25.107987

TRAIL MARKINGS: :  The trail contains route markings for the Ilves- (Lynx) and Harjupolku Trails. In addition, the trail is easy to follow using the DigiTrail app.

TRAIL SUITABILITY: :  The route is suitable for slightly more advanced hikers.

Trail description

Evo vaativa

The difficult (approximately 18.8 km), black route starts from the Evo Centre in a similar way to the other routes. It passes through the teaching forest, follows, to a great extent, Ilvesreitti (Lynx Trail) to the Sorsakolu lean-to shelter, and back to the Evo Centre. The trail heads to the north along Ilvesreitti (Lynx Trail) through the campsite of Pitkänniemenkangas, where the trail continues along the western side of Lake Pitkänniemenjärvi towards a lean-to shelter in the north, which is a good place for a little pause. From the lean-to shelter, the trail continues along a road for a while, until it joins a forest path and passes the former Fisheries Research Institute. The route then continues along a road, crossing over the slightly bigger Talvilammentie Road. From Pukkivuorentie Road, the trail turns west along a path towards the shore of Lake Rahtijärvi, and continues as particularly rocky along the shore between Lake Rahtijärvi and Lake Savijärvi. It passes the old ironworks, of which only a few foundation stones remain to our days. From the ironworks, the route continues along the shore of Lake Savijärvi, turning into a narrow strip between the shore and a steep cliff, and sometimes leading deeper into the forest. Halfway through the route, the Sorsakolu lean-to shelter is located at the very nothernmost tip of Lake Savijärvi. From there, it is possible to continue along the Evo route or lengthen the hike by heading towards Ilves-reitistö (Lynx Trails) in Padasjoki and Asikkala. From Sorsakolu, the route continues back towards the Evo Centre, going around Lake Savijärvi and returning to the same path between Savijärvi and Rahtijärvi. After passing the former Fisheries Research Institute, the route climbs up Peikkovuoren harju (the Goblin Ridge) and runs from there to the Syrjänalunen lean-to shelter, passing by Hautjärvi Grove and Karvalammi Spring (where you can fill your water bottles) along the way. From Syrjänalunen, the trail continues towards the Evo Centre mostly along a skiing path.

Good to know

The route joins together the trails of Evo and Päijät-Häme, which enables the planning of a few days’ hike from the Evo area towards Padasjoki and Asikkala. There are a lot of beavers in the Evo area, as a result of which the water level may be partly elevated and cover the duckboards. The section between Lake Savijärvi and Lake Rahtijärvi is rocky, wet and potentially slippery. Water bottles can be filled in the Evo Centre, from wells at Evo's camping areas and from the spring located along the shore of Lake Karvalammi. There are several lean-to shelters and campfire sites with outside toilets along the route. The Evo Centre café located at the trail’s start and end is open on weekdays from 8 to 14.

Level of difficulty

The trail takes approximately 6 hours. The path is difficult in places, rocky or wet, and you should be careful in the challenging areas. It is a good idea to wear waterproof shoes along the route. Otherwise, regular outdoor equipment suffices, taking into account the weather. It is also a good idea to pack some snacks for breaks.

To the start of the trail

The trails start from the Evo Centre, which can be accessed from the main road number 53 by following the signs to Evo or Häme University of Applied Sciences. There is plenty of parking space in the Evo Centre area. The trail’s starting point is approximately 20 kilometres towards Padasjoki from Shopping Centre Tuulonen, and approximately 25 km from Padasjoki towards Tuulonen.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT: :   Evo Centre, Saarelantie 1, 16970 Evo 61.196849, 25.107987 .

TRAIL MARKINGS: :   There are markings of Ilvesreitti (Lynx Trail) along the route. In addition, the trail is easy to follow using the DigiTrail app. .

TRAIL SUITABILITY: :   The trail is suitable for experienced hikers.

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Tammela, Häme Nature Centre

You can enjoy tranquillity and pure nature on the nature trails of Tammela, in the vicinity of Lake Ruostejärvi and the Liesjärvi National Park. The area is barely inhabited, but the Häme Nature Centre located at the trails’ starting point and the nearby Eerikkilä Sports Institute offer diverse services, such as equipment for rent and information about nature. There are great sandy beaches, lean-to shelters and campfire sites in the area. The trails are well suited for day trip, but the hike can also be stretched over various days by passing through the connecting routes to the Liesjärvi National Park and the Lynx Trails. Häme Lynx Trails are also connected with Torronsuo National Park, the Folk Park of Saari and Räyskälä in Loppi.

Lake Ruostejärvi is well-known for its particularly clear water and sandy bottom. Its coastline is one of the most popular places to swim in the summer. In the summer, it is worth visiting the Korteniemi Heritage Farm located in the Liesjärvi National Park, where you can learn about life on a farm in the 1910s. There are a lot of activities available in the area all year round. In the winter, you can ski on the lake, or rent ski boots and stop by the nature centre during its opening hours.


Tammela-trails

Trail description

Tammela lyhyt

The easy (approximately 2.9 km), blue trail starts from the Häme Nature Centre, and follows one of the nature centre’s own trails, named “Meidän metsä” (Our Forest), from beginning to end. There are signs along the trail, offering information about Finnish nature. The trail is not a traditional circle, but it ends by a lean-to shelter, approximately 1.5 km from the Nature Centre, and returns back along the same route. The trail runs for approximately one kilometre in a Häme forest, until it comes to a lake. You can cross the narrow inlet by a hand-operated ferry. Operating the ferry requires a little effort, and small children should not be left unattended on it. After the ferry, the trail continues for about half a kilometre along duckboards and ends up at a lean-to shelter. The trail’s starting point can be accessed by following the instructions on the DigiTrail app or the signs along the Meidän metsä (Our Forest) path.

Good to know

Other short trails also start from the Häme Nature Centre, and are easy to connect with the route. There is also a beach in the vicinity of the nature centre, open for visitors all year round. The Eerikkilä Sports Institute is not far, either.

Level of difficulty

The easy route takes about one hour. The terrain is easy to walk on, but there are some challenges along the way. You should be careful with the ferries, as the ropes may be slippery and a bit of strength is required to operate the ferry. Regular outdoor equipment and sports shoes are perfect for the trail, as there are hardly any wet or slippery areas. You should, however, be vigilant on the duckboards, especially when it rains.

To the start of the trail

The trail starts from the Häme Nature Centre. The nature centre parking area has plenty of space for vehicles of all sizes, including buses. The starting point is approximately 18 km from Forssa and approximately 15 km from Tammela. The Häme Nature Centre is signposted from Hämeen Härkätie (Ox Road of Häme), number 2824, when arriving from the direction of Porras village. When arriving from Helsinki and Forssa, the Häme Nature Centre is signposted from highway 2. There are various long-haul express buses operating on a daily basis on highway 2 (Helsinki - Pori). You can find bus timetables on Matkahuolto’s website. There is a walk of 1,5 km from the bus stop to the Nature Centre.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT:  Häme Nature Centre, Härkätie 818, 31380 Letku (Tammela) 60.714379, 23.793001

TRAIL MARKINGS:  The route is marked with Meidän metsä (Our Forest) signs. In addition, the path is easy to follow using the DigiTrail app.

TRAIL SUITABILITY:  The trail is suitable for all hikers, both children and adults.

Trail description

Tammela keski

The intermediate (approx. 7.1 km), red route follows the shoreline of Lake Ruostejärvi and the Lynx Trail to Eerikkilä Sports Institute and back. The trail starts from the front of the Nature Centre, leading to a campfire site. Then the path continues for a while along a road and returns back to the forest. The trail leads to the Eerikkilä Sports Institute, which offers a wide range of services. From Eerikkilä, the path returns to the Nature Centre.

Good to know

Other short trails also start from the Häme Nature Centre, and are easy to connect with the intermediate route. There is also a beach in the vicinity of the nature centre, open for visitors all year round. There is one campfire site along the route, and Eerikkilä Sports Institute offers accommodation, meals, and many activities.

Level of difficulty

The intermediate trail takes approximately 3 hours. The terrain consists of a road or a well managed path, and is easy to walk on. The trail’s length makes it challenging. Regular outdoor equipment and sports shoes are perfect for the trail, as there are hardly any wet or slippery areas. You should be careful when walking on the duckboards, especially when it rains.

To the start of the trail

The trail starts from the Häme Nature Centre. The nature centre parking area has plenty of space for vehicles of all sizes, including buses. The starting point is approximately 18 km from Forssa and approximately 15 km from Tammela. The Häme Nature Centre is signposted from Hämeen Härkätie (Ox Road of Häme), number 2824, when arriving from the direction of Porras village. When arriving from Helsinki and Forssa, the Häme Nature Centre is signposted from highway 2. There are various long-haul express buses operating on a daily basis on highway 2 (Helsinki - Pori). You can find bus timetables on Matkahuolto’s website. There is a walk of 1,5 km from the bus stop to the Nature Centre.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT: Häme Nature Centre, Härkätie 818, 31380 Letku (Tammela) 60.714379, 23.793001

TRAIL MARKINGS: :  The route is marked with Meidän metsä (Our Forest) signs. In addition, the path is easy to follow using the DigiTrail app.

TRAIL SUITABILITY: :  The route is suitable for slightly more advanced hikers.

Trail description

Tammela vaativa

The difficult (approximately 16.7 km), black trail offers a different perspective on the terrain. The route departs from the Häme Nature Centre and follows the Lynx Trail to Liesjärvi National Park. At the beginning, the trail follows a path and a road alternately. Upon arriving at the National Park, the trail alternately follows a forest road and duckboards. The duckboards lead to the shore of Lake Kaksvetinen, which has a Lapp hut and a campfire site. The trail continues along a path over Numerokalliot (Number Hills), passing the parking area along the way. Soon the trail arrives at another campfire site, continuing thereafter along a path for approximately one kilometer, before joining a sandy road. The road continues all the way to the national park’s border. From there, the trail follows the familiar path back to the trail’s starting point.

Good to know

Other short trails also start from the Häme Nature Centre, and are easy to connect with the route. The trail runs, for the most part, in Liesjärvi National Park, which has various paths criss-crossing. Inside the national park, it is easy to have a longer hike before returning back to the trail’s start. The national park also has connections to the Lynx Trails and the beautiful Kyynäränharju Ridge. It is possible to rent different equipment for the trail from the Häme Nature Centre or local businesses. There is also a beach in the vicinity of the nature centre, open for visitors all year round. Level of difficulty

The easy route takes approximately 5 hours. In practice, the trail follows a path from beginning to end. The paths in Liesjärvi National Park are well-managed and marked. The only places requiring special attention are Numerokalliot (Number Rocks) in the southernmost part of the route. They may be slippery in wet weather. Regular outdoor equipment is ideal for the trail.

To the start of the trail

The trail starts from the Häme Nature Centre. The nature centre parking area has plenty of space for vehicles of all sizes, including buses. The starting point is approximately 18 km from Forssa and approximately 15 km from Tammela. The Häme Nature Centre is signposted from Hämeen Härkätie (Ox Road of Häme), number 2824, when arriving from the direction of Porras village. When arriving from Helsinki and Forssa, the Häme Nature Centre is signposted from highway 2. There are various long-haul express buses operating on a daily basis on highway 2 (Helsinki - Pori). You can find bus timetables on Matkahuolto’s website. There is a walk of 1,5 km from the bus stop to the Nature Centre.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT: Häme Nature Centre, Härkätie 818, 31380 Letku (Tammela) 60.714379, 23.793001

TRAIL MARKINGS:  : The route is marked with Meidän metsä (Our Forest) signs. In addition, the path is easy to follow using the DigiTrail app.

TRAIL SUITABILITY:  : The route is suitable for experienced hikers.

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Loppi, Räyskälä

Loppi’s nature trails, formed by the Ice Age and starting right by the Räyskälä Aviation Centre, offer diverse experiences from camping to swimming in the clear water of Lake Iso-Melkutin. The ridged area’s diversity is enhanced by lakes and small ponds, in which the water is low in nutrients and exceptionally clear for Southern Finland. With its various swimming sites, the Melkuttimet area is ideal for the smallest members of the family.

Parts of the route pass through nutrient-poor forests and Häme highlands with lakes, and the landscape varies from old pine forests to lush mixed forests. Along the trail, it is possible to learn about food provided by nature, such as fish, berries and wild herbs.


Loppi-trails

Trail description

Loppi lyhyt

The easy (approximately 3.1 miles), blue trail departs from the Tauluntie Road parking area, and follows a path to the shore of Lake Iso-Melkutin. There is a lean-to shelter on the shore, from which the trail continues along the shore to a small boat haven. From there, the trail follows a road for approximately 100 metres before heading back to the depths of the forest. The trail returns to the lake shore, and ends at the Tauluntie Road parking area.

Good to know

The route is part of a Lynx Trail of more than 200 km in length. Aside from the lean-to shelter, the trail does not offer any other services. However, the nearby Räyskälä Aviation Centre has, for example, a restaurant and accommodation services. There is a village shop in the Räyskälä village, approximately 2 km away from the trail’s start.

Level of difficulty

The easy route takes about one hour. The trail is easy to walk on, and marked in parts by the blue paint symbols of Ilvesreitti (Lynx Trail). The terrain consists of a well managed path and the duckboards along the way are in good condition. Regular outdoor equipment is ideal for the trail.

To the start of the trail

The trail starts from the Lake Iso-Melkutin parking area on Tauluntie Road. When arriving from the west along the main road number 2 (Pori – Helsinki), turn to Hämeen Härkätie (Ox Road of Häme), and then to Tauluntie Road (number 13623). When arriving from the east through the centre of Loppi along Räyskälä main road 54, turn to Rautakoskentie Road (no. 2832), drive for 6 km and then turn to Räyskäläntie Road (no. 13623). Drive 4.5 km to the intersection of Tauluntie Road (no 13623). A few (Matkahuolto) buses run from Loppi to the nearby Räyskälä Aviation Centre, from which there is a few kilometres’ walking distance to the shore of Lake Iso-Melkutin.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT: Lake Iso-Melkutin parking area, Tauluntie 146, 12820 Loppi, 60.73925 24.09817

TRAIL MARKINGS:   There are blue markings of Ilvesreitti (Lynx Trail) along the trail. The trail is also easy to follow using the DigiTrail app.

TRAIL SUITABILITY:   The trail is suitable for all hikers, both children and adults. The terrain is easy to walk on.

Trail description

Loppi keskipitkä

The moderate (approx. 6.8 km), red route departs from the Tauluntie Road parking area. The trail goes around the clear-watered Lake Iso-Melkutin, and is clearly marked from the parking area to the lake with Ilvesreitti’s (Lynx Route) yellow signs, and with blue paint signs around the lake. The first part of the route is easy to manage and the path is wide. After a few kilometres, the path turns momentarily more challenging. Halfway through the trail, the terrain becomes hilly. Mire landscapes and lake shorelines alternate along the trail. At the end of the route, the trail runs in the depth of the forest.

Nature around Lake Iso-Melkutin consists of esker forests shaped by the Ice Age, and sun-drenched slopes are typical for the area, that is, dry south-facing slopes, with displays of flowers early in the spring. The coastline of Lakes Melkuttimet has remained fairly uninhabited. There are endangered and rare plants and animal species in the area, such as the field locoweed (Oxytropis campestris) and Eastern pasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens), which has been named as the regional flower of Häme, as well as birds such as the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) and black-throated loon (Gavia arctica). In the eastern end of Lake Iso-Melkutin, there is a shallow beach for swimming, a lean-to shelter with a campfire and a dry toilet. Halfway through the trail, there is also a lean-to shelter, a campfire site and an outdoor toilet on the other side of the lake. You are also allowed to fish and pick berries in the area. Please pay attention to the so-called Everyman’s rights, as you move around in the area (http://www.nationalparks.fi/hikinginfinland/rightsandregulations).

Good to know

There are various DigiTrail spots along the route, offering interesting information about plants and water bodies in the area, as well as possible activities and services. The Melkuttimet Trails are part of the more than 200 km long Lynx Trails in Häme, and so it is easy to plan a longer route. In addition, the Häme Ox Road Cycle Route passes along the Melkuttimet area in the north. Diving is popular in Lake Iso-Melkutin, as its water is very clear. In the eastern tip of the lake, there is a divers’ place with a jetty and stairs. There are lean-to shelters and dry toilets along the route. Räyskälä Aviation Centre located in the vicinity of the trail, offers services such as a restaurant and accommodation. There is a village shop in the Räyskälä village, approximately 2 km away from the trail’s start.

Level of difficulty

The intermediate trail takes approximately 3 hours. Even if the route’s difficulty level is intermediate, its easy terrain makes it also suitable for beginning hikers. Lightweight shoes are adequate, but waterproof footwear is recommended in rainy weather. The rocks and stony sections are slippery in the rain. There are no wells in the Melkuttimet area, so it makes sense to bring your drinking water. The trail is easy to navigate with the help of blue paint markings. Regular outdoor equipment is ideal for the trail.

To the start of the trail

The trail starts from the Lake Iso-Melkutin parking area on Tauluntie Road. When arriving from the west along the main road number 2 (Pori – Helsinki), turn to Hämeen Härkätie (Ox Road of Häme), and then to Tauluntie Road (number 13623). When arriving from the east through the centre of Loppi along Räyskälä main road 54, turn to Rautakoskentie Road (no. 2832), drive for 6 km and then turn to Räyskäläntie Road (no. 13623). Drive 4.5 km to the intersection of Tauluntie Road (no 13623). A few (Matkahuolto) buses run from Loppi to the nearby Räyskälä Aviation Centre, from which there is a few kilometres’ walking distance to the shore of Lake Iso-Melkutin.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT: Lake Iso-Melkutin parking area, Tauluntie 146, 12820 Loppi, 60.73925 24.09817

TRAIL MARKINGS:

TRAIL SUITABILITY:

Trail description

Loppi pitkä

The difficult (approximately 18.7 km), black route starts from the Tauluntie Road parking area, and follows the Räyskälä airfield for approximately 1.5 kilometres. From there, the trail continues along a path into a forest. On the way, you can pop into the Räyskälä village shop during its opening times. The route follows a Lynx Trail marked in yellow and a forest road towards Punelia and Marskin maja (Marski’s Lodge). Along the way, you can stop and admire the scenery from Pirunkallio (Devil’s Rock). You can have lunch at Marskin maja (Marski’s Lodge) during its opening times, and learn about the history of our former President, Finnish Marshal Mannerheim. From Marskin maja, the trail returns along the same path back to the Tauluntie Road parking area by Lake Melkutin.

Good to know

There are various DigiTrail spots along the trail, offering interesting information about edible plants in the area, as well as possible activities and services.

The trail is part of the Häme Lynx Trails of over 200 km in length, and it also joins the area’s own Poron Polku (Reindeer Path) trails. Räyskälä village shop is located along the way, and at the end of the trail there is a restaurant, Marskin Maja (Marski’s Lodge). There are also accommodation services in the area.

Level of difficulty

The difficult trail takes approximately 6 hours. The trail is marked from beginning to end with the yellow symbols of the Lynx Trail, making it easy to stay on the route. It is good to wear waterproof footwear and bring along a change of clothing, as the long trail requires more than one break along the way, and there are muddy and wet spots especially during the rain, and so you may get your feet wet.

To the start of the trail

The trail starts from the Lake Iso-Melkutin parking area on Tauluntie Road. When arriving from the west along the main road number 2 (Pori – Helsinki), turn to Hämeen Härkätie (Ox Road of Häme), and then to Tauluntie Road (number 13623). When arriving from the east through the centre of Loppi along Räyskälä main road 54, turn to Rautakoskentie Road (no. 2832), drive for 6 km and then turn to Räyskäläntie Road (no. 13623). Drive 4.5 km to the intersection of Tauluntie Road (no 13623). A few (Matkahuolto) buses run from Loppi to the nearby Räyskälä Aviation Centre, from which there is a few kilometres’ walking distance to the shore of Lake Iso-Melkutin.

TRAIL’S START AND END POINT: Lake Iso-Melkutin parking area, Tauluntie 146, 12820 Loppi, 60.73925 24.09817

TRAIL MARKINGS: There are yellow markings of the Lynx Trail along the route. The trail is also easy to follow using the DigiTrail app.

TRAIL SUITABILITY: The trail is suitable for experienced hikers.

Loppi

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