City of sport and physical recreation, nature and us

"Jyväskylä is known as an active city of sport and physical recreation. Success has been enjoyed in swimming, different ski disciplines, aerobics, dance football and ice hockey – to quote just a few examples.

For many people our city is synonymous with the University of Jyväskylä’s Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and KIHU, the Research Institute for Olympic Sports. In addition, Jyväskylä’s facilities for sports and recreation are superb, and many of them are free. One good example is Rantaraitti, the pedestrian and cycle path which hugs the shoreline of Lake Jyväsjärvi. About 3000 people circle it each year as part of the Finlandia marathon event. In winter Lake Jyväsjärvi is the venue for a highly popular tour skating circuit. Nor should we forget about the city’s extensive network of cross-country ski trails, which cover a variety of terrain.

The opportunities offered by sport, events and activities on the water in turn link the beautifully refurbished Lutakko harbour area and Lutakonaukio square situated nearby. In the summer of 2014 visitors will be able to travel handily by boat from the harbour to the Jyväskylä Housing Fair in Äijälänranta. Over the next few years the aim is to turn the Lutakko harbour area into year-round, urban and pleasant city space that feels like a living room. I dare to suggest that Lutakko will become one of the most attractive inland harbours in the country. Unspoilt nature and a location close to numerous waterways constitute really compelling appeal factors for Jyväskylä. Finland’s second largest lake, Päijänne, begins just south of the city centre and stretches a vast distance southwards. In addition the city boasts close on 1500 kilometres of shoreline all in all. Tranquil, scented forest replete with mushrooms and berries, a clean lake rich in fish, a clear summer night in a natural harbour, enjoying the gentle heat of a genuine smoke sauna... these experiences and many more besides are what we want to offer visitors to our city –accompanied by a big smile!!”

Jan Viilos,
City of Jyväskylä,
Harbourmaster and Head of Roads



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