Lakeland – Jyväskylä Region is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions in Finland. The municipalities, cities and towns in the region are a unique mix of nature, activities and people.
In this post we introduce you to Viitasaari. What are the recommendations to see or to do by locals? Please remember that you can find more suggestions about the area from the travel website.
Karoliinan portaat natural stairs are known as the seventh wonder of Central Finland. Karoliinan portaat refers to the natural stairs formed on Itävuori rock face during the Ice Age, which Karoliina Raatikainen, a natural healer, climbed, in the early 20th century, on her way to heal those in poor health. You will find the start of the path leading to Karoliinan portaat stairs in Kymönkosken village in Viitasaari. Led by a guide, you can also have an unforgettable abseiling experience by the stairs. (Photo: Witas)
Savivuori Observation Tower
Savivuori Observation Tower in the centre of Viitasaari provides a magnificent bird’s-eye view over the Finnish lake district. The tower also houses a summer café and close-by you will find a nature trail. (Photo: Witas)
Viitasaari is known for its delicious vendace. We highly recommend a visit to Hotel Pihkuri for some vendace and other local produce. (Photo: Witas)
Huopanankoski rapids are among the oldest and best-known recreational fishing rapids in Finland. The rapids where also made famous by Finnish author, Juhani Aho, who loved to spend his summer days at Huopanankoski. Huopanankoski rapids are a nationally significant environment and a locally important cultural landscape. Since the late 17th century, water mills have been an essential feature of the scenery here. You will also find a nature trail near the rapids as well as a restored fish hatchery, where visitors can explore an exhibition on the history of fishing. There is also a summer café by the rapids. (Photo: Witas)
Canoeing along the Kolima-Keitele route
On a canoeing trip with Erävaris along the Kolima-Keitele route you can experience as many as four rapids whilst admiring the breath-taking views. Along the route, you will take a break by the rapids to enjoy a cup of coffee cooked on a bonfire and some barbecued sausage. You will also experience the Forest Finland rite which brings you good luck. (Photo: Witas)