10 destinations near the Rally Finland special stages

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Secto Automotive Rally Finland offers a unique opportunity to see and experience the local attractions in the Jyväskylä Region. There are hundreds of interesting destinations by the 1059,23 km long rally route, so there is surely something interesting to find for every taste. There probably isn’t enough time to see all of them, but check at least these 10 destinations near the rally special stages!

1. Jyväskylä Harbour in Lutakko full of activities

As usual, the Paviljonki area is the official headquarters of Rally Finland. The Paviljonki area is located in the harbour that has so many exciting experiences, the Jyväskylä Lutakko Harbour. Lutakko Harbour is a pursuit of things to experience: autumnal Lakeland landscapes, sauna rafts cruising at Lake Jyväsjärvi and pieces of light art floating on the lake. Rantaraitti Recreational Route is a popular sports route for locals, and it goes right through the harbour area.

Photo: Julia Kivelä

2. Legendary Harju & Observation tower

This year’s Rally Finland opens on Friday with the legendary Harju SS 1. This route will be driven again when SS 15 Harju 2 takes over the area in the darkness of following Saturday evening. Harju -ridge is one of the most iconic sights and the Harju Tower comes to the mind of many when asked about the city Jyväskylä. Harju scenery is worth exploring even outside of the Special Stages: snap a photo of the famous Nero-stairs, enjoy a lovely dinner at Cafe & Restaurant Vesilinna or dive in to the Finnish nature in the Natural History Museum. The observation tower is open for visitro during the opening hours of the restaurant and the museum.

Photo: Lina Markkanen

3. Picturesque Wanha Witonen Canoeing Route in Petäjävesi

On a Friday afternoon, the itinerary continues to Ässämäki where SS 2 and 4 are driven. Petäjävesi, which is located near Ässämäki, offers many opportunities to explore local nature. Canoeing Route Wanha Witonen starts right from the scenery of famous Petäjävesi Old Church. Along the route you get to see the gorgeous views of the autumnal Jyväskylä Region. Even though the Petäjävesi Old Church, which is one of the Unesco World Heritage Sites in the Jyväskylä Region, is closed during the winter time, you are able to experience it during the Rally Finland on Friday 1.10.2021 at 11am-18pm by purchasing a ticket in advance.

 

Photo: Anne Kalliola

4. Lively Korpilahti harbour

Rally cars are cruising in the landscapes of Sahloinen-Moksi on Friday, as SS 3 and SS 5 bring some speed to Jämsä and Korpilahti. Approximately a 15 minute drive away from Moksi there is the lively Korpilahti Harbour, which was awarded as the best guest marina of the Finnish Lakeland. Located on the shore of Lake Päijänne, Korpilahti Harbour is a must see. While visiting the harbour you can have dinner in Restaurant Satamakapteeni and enjoy art in Höyry-galleria gallery!

Photo: Julia Kivelä

5. Photogenic Kärkinen Bridge

When driving route 610 towards the SS 6 Oittila on Friday, you will cross the breathtaking Kärkinen Bridge over the Kärkistensalmi Strait. Be sure to pack your camera, as the Kärkinen Bridge and its gorgeous surroundings are one of the most photographed sites in the Jyväskylä Region. Did you know that Kärkinen Bridge is located by a road that was chosen as the most beautiful scenic route in Finland?

Photo: Jukka Paakkinen

6. Enchanting Leivonmäki National Park

Friday evening ends with the SS 6 in Oittila. From the darkening scenery of Oittila, it takes only twenty minutes to drive to Leivonmäki National Park. Leivonmäki is known for its diverse Finnish landscapes with lakes and ridges. A night hike in the twilighty national park is an unforgettable way to finish your first day of Rally Finland. Grab your flashlight and hiking equipment and enjoy the nature of the Jyväskylä Region with all your senses awake!

Photo: Jukka Paakkinen

7. Unesco world heritage site Oravivuori Triangulation Tower

The second day of Secto Rally Finland starts with Kakaristo-Hassi, where special stages SS 7 and SS 11 are driven. Besides enjoying the rally atmosphere, Unesco world heritage site Oravivuori Triangulation Tower is a must-see. The view from the observation tower on top of Oravivuori Hill is spectacular: breathtaking view of Lake Päijänne is a sight that many Finns are very fond of.

Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola

8. Memorable Varjola Resort

Laukaa is the stage of two special stages on Sunday: SS 16 Laukaa 1 and SS 18 Laukaa 2. Varjola Resort, know for a wide variety of activities, great accommodation options and rugged white-water milieu, will make the last day of the rally even more memorable. What could be a better ending to the Rally weekend than crossing the roaring Kuusaa river on a zip line or quadbike safari in the autumnal forests of Central Finland?

Photo: Julia Kivelä

9. Versatile Peurunka

There are a lot of things to see and do near the SS 16 and 18 that are driven in Laukaa. One destination that is definitely worth a visit is Peurunka, where there are plenty of different services available for the rally visitors. Make the most of your rally experience by relaxing in the Peurunka Spa and enjoying the diverse restaurant services or immerse into the speed of rally by trying out fun activities. Peurunka is also an excellent option for accommodation during the Rally Finland!

Photo: Peurunka

10. Idyllic Taulu Estate

SS 19 Ruuhimäki 2 is the Wolf Power Stage of Rally Finland in the Jyväskylä Region. There is a promise of a fierce battle, and to lower the adrenaline levels, it is a good idea to relax in the idyllic rural landscapes of Taulu Estate after the power stage. Make an advance reservation for the accommodation, autumnal a la carte or perhaps the wonderful Garden Spa! Let the mind wander after the rally weekend in the nostalgic atmosphere of Taulu Estate.

Photo: Taulu Estate

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