In addition to Jyväskylä, the Jyväskylä Region includes the municipalities of Hankasalmi, Joutsa, Laukaa, Muurame, Petäjävesi, Toivakka, Uurainen and Äänekoski. The region is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Petäjävesi Old Church and the Oravivuori triangulation tower. In addition, the region has more sites designed by Alvar Aalto than any other area its size in the world.
Photo: Suomen Ilmakuva Oy
One of the most attractive areas in Finland, Jyväskylä is the modern and youthful home of 142,000 residents. Its conveniently compact city centre and vibrant countryside create a fascinating whole. Famous for its students and architecture, Jyväskylä offers a wide range of Finnish and international events as well as activities around the year. Its events, sights, restaurants and accommodation and shopping opportunities attract a large number of Finnish and international visitors. https://www.jyvaskyla.fi/en
Revontuli Resort’s sauna world and entertainment offer - golf, bowling and dining - as well as fantastic igloos stand at Hankasalmi’s heart. In winter Finland’s best ski centre for families – Häkärinteet – offers 13 ski slopes plus the Häkä Snow Park. From Häähninmäki there is a network of recreational trails extending over 100 km for hikers and mountain bikers set amidst outstanding nature. Sepän Galleria, the museum village in the centre of Hankasalmi proper as well as the observatory at Kankainen are all worthy of a visit. Erä’s Pete in turn will be happy to arrange activities and
excursions as required. www.hankasalmi.fi
Photo: Sami Mäkinen
Joutsa is a lively and pleasant municipality situated in southern Central Finland on highway four.
The attractive lake scenery, excellent selection of services on offer as well as numerous events make Joutsa a fascinating tourist destination. Leivonmäki national park’s well maintained and easily walked trails take the visitor through bogland, ridges and lake shores. It makes a wonderful venue for a day trip but the lean-to shelters and locations for open fires also permit overnighting. www.joutsa.fi
With its 19 000 inhabitants Laukaa is widely known for its active lifestyle, events, theatre,
breathtak-ing natural attractions and varied terrain crisscrossed by hiking trails. Laukaa’s most popular visitor destinations include Spa Hotel Peurunka, Laukaan Peurunkagolf’s 18-hole golf course, the art exhibitions at Taidekeskus Järvilinna, Tupaswilla heritage village and Varjola Resort with its many activities. Children are particularly enthralled by Nokkakivi amusement park, the animals at Tarhalehto Farm and Hilarius Mouse in Peurunka. For top tips on what to see, do and experience in Laukaa, go to www.visitlaukaa.fi.
Photo: Tiina Riuttanen
Muurame is just a 15-minute drive from Jyväskylä in the direction of Tampere. Come and see the church designed by Alvar Aalto, the UkkoMetso light-artwork, play golf, do some downhill skiing, enjoy some theatre or a nature trail excursion, or perhaps take a stroll up the Muuramenharju ridge. Various accommodation options are available including Riihivuori. Further information: www.muurame.fi
Photo: Designed by Alvar Aalto, Muurame church was restored to its original condition in 2016.
Photo: Anne Kalliola
Very much a country village at heart, Petäjävesi possesses enchanting natural attractions, in Petäjävesi Old Church a UNESCO world heritage site, and is home to some 4 000 people. Petäjävesi can be reached from Jyväskylä in under 30 minutes. Stay overnight in a vicarage croft dating back over a hundred years, pet some sheep, enjoy the nostalgic romance of the countryside in a farmhouse suite or rent a summer cottage set amidst outstanding nature – in Petäjävesi life is there to be enjoyed. Known for its community spirit and local food, Petäjävesi has over 150-year-old roots extending deep into Finland’s soil. www.petajavesi.fi
Toivakka, reachable from Jyväskylä in less than 30 minutes, offers a great deal to see and experience such as the church ceiling paintings by Pellervo Lukumies, fantastic experiences in nature both on land and water, as well as numerous sports and recreational activities like disc golf, for instance. Wellness and event services are offered by a number of firms including Taulu Manor, Wäärälä, Ruuhipirtti, Pistoretki, Huikko Manor, Nukula and Sun Toive. Local businesses specializing in concerts, retreats, excursions, inspirational photography and good food are also on hand. www.toivakka.fi
Photo: Marjoniementila Oy
In Uurainen, a municipality of happy people, smiles are easy to find - Uurainen's residents are demonstrably the most content with their lives. Central Finland's most youthful municipality offers visitors nature in close proximity as well as unique activities. Marjoniementila, Hepokuusela, Huutoniemi recreational area and the locality's other services guarantee a holiday break that functions smoothly and is full of experiences in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. Summer in Uurainen is punctuated by a number of popular events, while culture lovers take great pleasure in Uurainen church, completed in 1905. SF-Caravan Keski-Suomi, often called Central Finland’s riviera, is located in Hietasari on the shore of Lake Kyynämoinen. www.uurainen.fi
Photo: Sini & Pete Lindenberg
The pearl of northern Central Finland offers an exciting expedition to hidden locations and national landscapes that have attracted world fame. Äänekoski is a city of contrasts, where lofty ridges, thousands of kilometres of lake shore and untamed rapids stand in antithesis to a world-class hub of technological and bio economy expertise. Äänekoski’s uniqueness is born out of the diversity of its villages and urban areas and the harmony of opposites. Explore Äänekoski’s tourist locations: www.visitaanekoski.fi
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