Photo: Keski-Suomen ELY

Heinä-Suvanto is an overgrown lake on the eastern edge of Viitasaari. Following the lowering of the water level in the lake in 1812, the lake is now a seasonally flooding fen. Heinä-Suvanto is the most significant water habitat for birds in Central Finland, and there is a bird watching tower at the northern end of the lake where the local species can be observed. The bird watching tower is at the end of a 700-metre walk with boardwalks in places.

Starting point and guidance: From the E75, take highway no. 77 towards Keitele. Follow the black-and-white signs to Heinä-Suvanto. Drive along the forest road for 2 km, after which you will arrive at the car park.
Starting point coordinates: ETRS-TM35FIN N 7003821, E 457299.
WGS84 lat 63.16111, lon 26.15228

Average hiking time:
Allow 1–2 hours to complete the trail.

Trail markings:
There are signposts from the road to the path directing you to the bird watching tower.

Recommended footwear:
Most of the path leading to the bird watching tower is paved with gravel, and the final part is covered by a boardwalk. Rubber boots are essential during the spring floods.

Rest areas, lean-to shelters, etc.:
Birdwatching tower and campfire site near the trail start.

Organisation in charge of the nature trail:
City of Viitasaari. 


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