Municipalities of the Jyväskylä Region

In addition to Jyväskylä, the Jyväskylä Region includes the municipalities of Hankasalmi, Joutsa, Laukaa, Muurame, Petäjävesi, Toivakka, Uurainen and Äänekoski. The region is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Petäjävesi Old Church and the Oravivuori triangulation tower. In addition, the region has more sites designed by Alvar Aalto than any other area its size in the world.


One of the most attractive areas in Finland, Jyväskylä is the modern and youthful home of 142,000 residents. Its conveniently compact city centre and vibrant countryside create a fascinating whole. Famous for its students and architecture, Jyväskylä offers a wide range of Finnish and international events as well as activities around the year. Its events, sights, restaurants and accommodation and shopping opportunities attract a large number of Finnish and international visitors. Read more about Jyväskylä.

Photo: Julia Kivelä


Joutsa is a lively and pleasant municipality situated in southern Central Finland on highway four.
The attractive lake scenery, excellent selection of services on offer as well as numerous events make Joutsa a fascinating tourist destination. Leivonmäki national park’s well maintained and easily walked trails take the visitor through bogland, ridges and lake shores. It makes a wonderful venue for a day trip but the lean-to shelters and locations for open fires also permit overnighting. Read more about Joutsa.

kuva: Sami Mäkinen


With its 19 000 inhabitants Laukaa is widely known for its active lifestyle, events, theatre,
breathtak-ing natural attractions and varied terrain crisscrossed by hiking trails. Laukaa’s most popular visitor destinations include Spa Hotel Peurunka, Laukaan Peurunkagolf’s 18-hole golf course, the art exhibitions at Taidekeskus Järvilinna, Tupaswilla heritage village and Varjola Resort with its many activities. Children are particularly enthralled by Nokkakivi amusement park, the animals at Tarhalehto Farm and Hilarius Mouse in Peurunka. For top tips on what to see, do and experience in Laukaa, go to website of Visit Laukaa.

Kuva: Keijo Penttinen


Revontuli Resort’s sauna world and entertainment offer – golf, bowling and dining – as well as fantastic igloos stand at Hankasalmi’s heart. In winter Finland’s best ski centre for families – Häkärinteet – offers 13 ski slopes plus the Häkä Snow Park. From Häähninmäki there is a network of recreational trails extending over 100 km for hikers and mountain bikers set amidst outstanding nature. Sepän Galleria, the museum village in the centre of Hankasalmi proper as well as the observatory at Kankainen are all worthy of a visit. Erä’s Pete in turn will be happy to arrange activities and excursions as required. Read more about Hankasalmi.

Photo: Julia Kivelä


The beautiful and active Muurame is just a 15 minutes’ drive away from Jyväskylä! Come for the skiing, golfing, the theatre, concerts, or riding. We also have padel courts and a petting zoo. You can go hiking on the Muuramenjoki River nature trail or on the slopes of Muuratharju Ridge. While here, you can see our Alvar Aalto -designed church and the Ukkometso light installation. One of your accommodation options is the Riihivuori Ski Resort. Read more at the Muurame website.


photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola


Less than 30 minutes from Jyväskylä, Toivakka has lots to see and to experience. In the church of Toivakka,
you will find the famous ceiling paintings by Pellervo Lukumies. Toivakka combines living close to nature with a wide range of recreational possibilities. Enjoy nature on the waters of the rugged Päijänne lake as well as on the beautiful nature paths of Toivakka. Engage in mountain biking, frisbee golf, or riding – in Toivakka, imagination is the only limiting factor! Wellness and event services are provided by a number of enterprises including the Taulu manor, Wäärälä, Ruuhipirtti, Pistoretki, the Huikko manor, Nukula, and Sun Toive. The entrepreneurs have concerts, retreats, yoga, excursions, summer stock theatre, good food, and more on offer. Read more about Toivakka.

photo: Heikki Kotilainen


Very much a country village at heart, Petäjävesi possesses enchanting natural attractions, in Petäjävesi Old Church a UNESCO world heritage site, and is home to some 4 000 people. Petäjävesi can be reached from Jyväskylä in under 30 minutes. Stay overnight in a vicarage croft dating back over a hundred years, pet some sheep, enjoy the nostalgic romance of the countryside in a farmhouse suite or rent a summer cottage set amidst outstanding nature – in Petäjävesi life is there to be enjoyed. Known for its community spirit and local food, Petäjävesi has over 150-year-old roots extending deep into Finland’s soil. Read more about Petäjävesi.

Kuva: Anne Kalliola


In Uurainen, a municipality of happy people, smiles are easy to find – Uurainen’s residents are demonstrably the most content with their lives. Central Finland’s most youthful municipality offers visitors nature in close proximity as well as unique activities. Marjoniementila, Hepokuusela, Huutoniemi recreational area and the locality’s other services guarantee a holiday break that functions smoothly and is full of experiences in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. Summer in Uurainen is punctuated by a number of popular events, while culture lovers take great pleasure in Uurainen church, completed in 1905. SF-Caravan Keski-Suomi, often called Central Finland’s riviera, is located in Hietasari on the shore of Lake Kyynämoinen. Read more about Uurainen.

photo: Lina Markkanen


The pearl of northern Central Finland offers an exciting expedition to hidden locations and national landscapes that have attracted world fame. Äänekoski is a city of contrasts, where lofty ridges, thousands of kilometres of lake shore and untamed rapids stand in antithesis to a world-class hub of technological and bio economy expertise. Äänekoski’s uniqueness is born out of the diversity of its villages and urban areas and the harmony of opposites. Explore Äänekoski’s tourist locations on the website of Visit Äänekoski.

kuva: Sini ja Pete Lindenberg