10 destinations near the Rally Finland special stages

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Secto 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: summery 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 Thursday with the legendary Harju SS 1. This route will be driven again when SS 6 Harju 2 takes over the area in the following Friday. 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 visitors during the opening hours of the restaurant and the museum.

Photo: Lina Markkanen

3. Memorable Varjola Resort

Laukaa is the stage of two special stages on Friday: SS 2 Laukaa 1 and SS 4 Laukaa 2. Varjola Resort, know for a wide variety of activities, great accommodation options and rugged white-water milieu, will make the day of the rally even more memorable. What could be a better for the Rally weekend than crossing the roaring Kuusaa river on a zip line or quadbike safari in the summery forests of the Jyväskylä Region?

Photo: Julia Kivelä

4. Versatile Peurunka

There are a lot of things to see and do near the SS 2 and 4 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

5. Picturesque Wanha Witonen Canoeing Route in Petäjävesi

On a Friday afternoon, the itinerary continues to Ässämäki where SS 7 and 9 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. Petäjävesi Old Church, which is one of the Unesco World Heritage Sites in the Jyväskylä Region, is open during the summer season and its atmosphere can be admired from 1st June to 31th August and daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

Photo: Anne Kalliola

6. Lively Korpilahti harbour

Rally cars are cruising in the landscapes of Sahloinen-Moksi on Friday, as SS 8 and SS 10 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

7. Himos-Jämsä

On Saturday, the SS 13 and SS 17  in Patajoki curve through the terrain of the Himos-Jämsä travel area. Himos-Jämsä is a famous destination for its events and culture, as well as a paradise for active travelers. In the area, you can do hiking, water sports, biking and golf just to name a few. Himos-Jämsä also has the only sauna village in the country, unique felt culture, and is known for fine felt art and handicraft traditions. Explore Himos-Jämsä, a year-round activity center!

Photo: Jukka Paakkinen

8. Photogenic Kärkinen Bridge

When driving route 610 towards the SS 19 and SS 21 Oittila on Sunday evening, 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

9. Enchanting Leivonmäki National Park

Sunday morning starts with the SS 19 in Oittila. From the 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 hike in the summery national park is an unforgettable way to finish your first day of Rally Finland. Grab your camera and hiking equipment and enjoy the nature of the Jyväskylä Region with all your senses awake!

Photo: Jukka Paakkinen

10. Idyllic Taulu Estate

SS 22 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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