While travelling to Finland, many will often think of the wilderness, sauna and kilometres of blue lake surfaces. This all and much more can be found within just about a three-hour drive from the capital of Finland – in the region of Central Finland. This region has some of the largest ski resorts, oldest national parks and some of the best family destinations in Finland. Whether you want to spend an active holiday or dive into the cultural beat of the region – it all can be found in Central Finland.
Whether you have been to Finland before or just want to visit it for the first time, you should stop by Central Finland. It is an area with unique cultural and historical places of interest. It is also very easy to reach Central Finland from Helsinki. If the largest international sports event of the year, such as Neste Rally Finland, or the title of the Sauna Region are not sufficient reasons to come, here is an additional list of things to know about Central Finland.
Jyväskylä – Architectural Mekka
The majority of the buildings designed by Alvar Aalto is located in Central Finland. About 30 well-preserved buildings around Jyväskylä explain what lies in the heart of Nordic design.
Jämsä – Winter Wonderland
The largest ski resort of the southern and central regions of Finland is located near Jämsä. Conquer one of the 21 slopes at Himos or set on a winter adventure to the one of a kind Moose Manor.
Nature in All Its Glory
If you look at the map of Central Finland, you will be amazed with the number of lakes. Altogether there are over 3700 lakes, among which Päijänne is the largest one in the region. In addition to this number of lakes, there are five national parks with some of the oldest species of trees in the country.
History at the Doorstep
Despite the fact that Central Finland is a relatively young region, as compared to the old Medieval regions of Western and Southern Europe, there are historical sites worth seeing. Petäjävesi Old Church, which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Finland, is a great example of unique attractions.