Laajavuori – endless opportunities for fun

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 Are you looking for something fun to do with your friends, family or just on your own? The Laajavuori urban park offers visitors an almost endless choice of outdoor activities and nature experiences all year round. Located just seven kilometres from the centre of Jyväskylä, Laajavuori is quick and easy to reach using public transport.

The beautiful scenery at Laajavuori Hill is as inspiring as it is inviting. Along the four-kilometre-long nature trail, you will be treated to unspoilt forest views, and you can even enjoy a smoke sauna and refreshing dip at Vuorilampi pond. From the summit, 227 metres high, you will have splendid views of the surrounding forests, small lakes and the city beyond. There’s also a traditional Finnish laavu shelter along the trail. It’s the perfect spot for enjoying an off-grid picnic and can also be accessed via an easier, shorter route.

During the winter season, you can enjoy downhill skiing, go snowshoe walking, hit the flood-lit cross-country ski trails or even try some winter cycling. There’s plenty to do at Scandic Laajavuori all year round, including a panorama spa for those looking for some pampering and a bowling alley for the more competitively minded.

Laajavuori Hill is also home to a ski jumping complex complete with five towers. One of them is named after legendary Finnish ski jumper and Olympic gold medallist Matti Nykänen and is known locally as ’Nykäsen hyppyri’. It is without a doubt one of the city’s best known landmarks.

Put yourself to the test on the zipline rope slides at the Laajis Adventure Park that’s full of exciting challenges for visitors of all ages. Spend a summer day perfecting your technique on the downhill scooters or head over to the Fun Land play park where a bouncy castle, pedal cars and much, much more will keep the little ones entertained all day long.

Take a look and pick your favourite activity! The area maps are available to view here.

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