Summer water activities in the Jyväskylä Region
The Jyväskylä Region offers great opportunities to enjoy versatile water activities, both in the lakes and in the spas! You can admire the beautiful scenery while canoeing, SUP boarding, or onboard the deck of a ship. Enjoy a completely new sauna experience in the smoke saunas or onboard the sauna rafts, from which you can jump straight into the lake! Spa experiences are available for those who desire pampering, and those thirsty for adventure can explore the water parks or try rafting.
Canoe and SUP board in the gorgeous Jyväskylä Region lake views
Enjoy the gorgeous lake views of the Jyväskylä Region from the water, either canoeing or SUP boarding! Experience the beauty of the lakes and the peace of nature while getting to know the lakes, beaches and islands of the Jyväskylä Region.
The canoeing routes in the Jyväskylä Region offer alternatives for both beginners and experienced kayakers. The Wanha Witonen is a versatile canoeing route in the Petäjävesi and Jämsä areas, where you can relax and admire the landscapes, but if you wish, you can also test your skills in the thrilling rapids.
You can explore the waters at your own pace by renting out equipment, for instance from Tavinsulka or from Himoslomat. Guided excursions are provided by Erä’s Pete and Erä- ja luontopalvelut Hyvän Tähen, which allow you to tour the waters with a trained guide. Regardless of whether you choose a canoe or a SUP-board, the gorgeous lake views of the Jyväskylä Region guarantee an unforgettable experience.
Photo: Lina Markkanen
Cruise along the waves of the Jyväskylä Region lakes
Come and explore the beautiful waters of the Jyväskylä Region onboard a ship! Lake Päijänne, Finland’s longest and deepest lake, provides an excellent setting for a cruise. Cruises on Lake Päijänne are organized by Rhea Ship Lines and Päijänne Risteilyt Hilden, which offer diverse cruise experiences including lunches, Alvar Aalto’s architecture, and brilliant star performers.
In addition to Lake Päijänne, you can admire the lakeside landscapes on the waters of Lake Keurusselkä and Lake Konnevesi. Onboard the M/S Elias Lönnrot, you can experience the atmosphere of an authentic paddle steamer while enjoying the waves of Lake Keurusselkä. The Southern Konnevesi National Park views can be enjoyed on the cruisers E/K lines and M/S Autere. Onboard their decks you can enjoy the clear waters and tranquil atmosphere.Photo: Tero Takalo-Eskola
Spend a day at the beach
The plentiful swimming beaches in the Jyväskylä Region invite you to splash in their refreshing waters! Spend a summer day on the Tuomiojärvi beach playing beach volleyball or on the Köhniö swimming beach sunbathing. Go boating to Mämminiemi to be refreshed or walk along the boardwalks and swim at the Kurkisaari swimming spot. Go for a relaxing beach day trip and let yourself be immersed in the refreshing beach atmosphere.
The sandy beaches and clear waters attract families, couples, and individual travelers to enjoy the lakes and sun. Take a closer look at the Jyväskylä Region´s beaches with the help of a map!Photo: Julia Kivelä
Splash in the spa and in the fun water parks
The culmination of a holiday – or even a working day, is a warm jacuzzi and water slides. The Peurunka Spa and the Laajavuori Spa provide comprehensive premises for a spa day for the whole family. A relaxing spa weekend with a spouse can be enjoyed at Hotel Keurusselkä Spa.
The AaltoAlvari water sports centre, on the other hand, offers a variety of different pools for both more avid swimmers and young children, and if you’re looking for something more chill, you can relax in the jacuzzies in the spa section.
When the weather is warm and sunny, it’s no fun staying indoors. Swimming in hot weather refreshes the mind and body, but the Gr8 Wake and Peurunka water parks make it even more fun. Pretend that the water is lava or ride a slide straight into the lake. Climb and bounce in the waves along the tracks or compete with a friend to see who is faster. The water parks are bound to make even an adult feel like a child again.Photo: Peurunka
Go in the sauna and diving in the lake
Relax by going in the sauna, swimming, and sunbathing on Lake Jyväsjärvi, on the Eden Sauna Raft, M/s Löyly Sauna Raft or the Selipaatti Sauna Raft. Gather your friends together and jump straight from the sauna into the fresh Lake Jyväsjärvi, and let the skipper lead you on an unforgettable trip on the waves.
In addition to traditional sauna rafts, Jyväskylä offers the magnificent Huvilautta, which takes things up a notch by featuring a sauna in a glass igloo in the middle of the lake. This unforgettable experience is atmospheric on a whole new level and does the Sauna Region justice.
Jämsä’s hidden gem, Saunakylä, gathers people from around the world to experience the traditional smoke sauna culture. Tour the heated saunas and partake in historical experiences in a super Finnish milieu. These saunas will definitely not leave anyone cold.
A morning sauna after a walk or an afternoon sauna before dinner can be enjoyed at the Sataman Viilu situated in the Lutakko harbour of Jyväskylä. The modern premises of Sataman Viilu and the magnificent lake landscape attract both locals and tourists to bathe in the sauna, and as it is open every day, you won’t need to stress about scheduling your visit.Photo: Hanna-Kaisa Hämäläinen
Have a wild adventure full of water activities
Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to walk on water? Now you can find out, as Vesileikit has introduced a new activity to the Jyväskylä Region, in which you can go inside a bubble and run freely along the lake’s surface. However, if you feel like you need a little more speed, you can easily rent a jet ski from the same place. Jet skis can also be rented from Jyväskylä Alfa Rentals or Jkljet.
Are you already missing winter sports? You know, skiing is not just for winter – just get some skis and head out to the lake. Gr8 Wake pulls you along a cable string while you whizz and rush along the tracks of Lake Jyväsjärvi.
If you’re still wanting some more excitement, Varjola offers, among other things, rafting along the whirlpools of the Kuusankoski rapid. There is no point in hoping to stay dry while rafting.Photo: Varjola
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