Hyyppäänvuori. Photo: Ulla Keituri (limited version)
Going outdoors–but where? Getting out and about may not seem so inviting if you don’t know where to go for a short walk or for an overnight trip, for example. There are many options, and we don’t need to go far for a trip full of experiences.
The Jyväskylä region offers various locations that make you wonder why you haven’t visited them before. What is more, you can’t easily get lost as the trails are well marked, and all you need is normal outdoor clothing. Whether you are going on your own, with friends or with your family, pack up some tasty snacks. After all, food always tastes better outdoors!
Going out into the woods is rewarding and therapeutic, offering balance to the hectic life. I’ve al-ways enjoyed being outdoors and how it makes me feel good. As I started to shoot landscape photos, I started hiking, and I’ve never stopped since. During a little over a year, I’ve visited vari-ous places nearby, and I’d like to tell you more about my personal favourites, some of which you probably already know, at least by name.
I’m often asked which is the best lookout spot in the Jyväskylä region, and this is the place that first comes to mind. Hyyppäänvuori has become one of my favourite places. Its accessibility and magnificent views keep me coming back.
There are a couple of different paths to the peak, passing through some caves that are worth exploring. I must admit that I’ve only taken a glance at them, as I’ve focused on taking photos of the wonderful scenery. The hike to the top isn’t long. You will quickly realise how far you can see, with views opening up across Lake Lievestuoreenjärvi. This place is at its best during the sunset when the sunlight colours the landscape red. When you sit at the top of the steep ledge, you can’t help but enjoy the moment.
When you pack for the trip, remember that there is no campfire at the top. But this doesn’t pre-vent you from having a nice picnic!
Nyrölä is home to one of the most popular trails, even though it’s only 3.6 km long. It’s an excel-lent place to go hiking, for example, with your kids. People have found their way to the place and it’s a busy trail, especially in summer. The beautiful and varying forests, duckboards leading across bogs and the timber raft pulled to the lean-to island creates a unique atmosphere. The lean-to island has a pier in summer, so it’s also a nice place for a swim. Before you reach the is-land, there is a lean-to next to a bog, and there are two lean-tos on the island. So there’s plenty of room for everyone.
Hot tip! If you want to admire the starry sky by a campfire, this is the place to be. The lights of the city and nearby villages are not bright here, and many have also seen the Northern Lights dur-ing autumn and winter nights. In autumn and winter, you can also enjoy some peace and quiet after the busy summer season.
I got into hiking last summer after I stayed the night in Jääskelä. The winding trail took my friends and me through a fantastic forest to duckboards that led us across bogs to massive rocks with views over Lake Päijänne. This single trail passes through many different types of terrain. A popu-lar attraction is one of the largest spruces in Finland located close to Villa Jääskelä. However, all of this is secondary when I think about Mäyrävuori, the best part of the whole area.
After I saw photos of Mäyrävuori, I just had to see it myself, and I’ve spent many nights there since. It’s located in a remote place before the nature trail starts, which is a pity considering its magnificent views. The start of the trail was a bit difficult to find, and there’s only one sign, but if you have a map you’ll be alright. At the top, you can admire lake Päijänne through the trees, and there are a couple of places where the views are magnificent.
You wouldn’t believe that there’s such a place this close to the city! It offers views far towards Jyväskylä, Vaajakoski and also Leppävesi, and an imposing rocky terrain with caves, cliffs and various trails. It’s like you’ve gone far into the woods, even though there are houses nearby. Ka-navuori is an excellent place to admire the sunset with friends, or to walk or run on the green and winding trails. I’ve even spent a night camping here, with one curious neighbouring hiker, but oth-erwise I had the place all to myself.
I recommend Kanavuori in the autumn to admire the many colours of all the trees and plants. In late summer, this is also a great place to pick bilberries.
You can find more information about all these places from the Visit Jyväskylä website under hiking trails located in Jyväskylä and Laukaa.. The site also has many other interesting places!
Wishing you enjoyable hikes,
Photography enthusiast Ulla Keituri tries to find a balance between her day job at the office and hiking and taking nature photos. The beautiful and varied landscape in the Jyväskylä region ensures that Ulla doesn’t need to go far from home to shoot a good photo. Skiing at night on lake Tuomiojärvi under the northern lights or rowing on lake Jyväsjärvi at sunset sets up a mood that is hard to imagine in a city.
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