#Travel Feb 20, 2020 09:29 GMT
Campfire sausage

Campfire sausage is a traditional Finnish camping snack. Note that setting fire is only allowed at sites marked for this purpose. Photo: Lina Markkanen

Who says you can only go camping during the summer? Wrong! Pack a few packs of sausage in your backpack and take some hot juice in a thermos bottle. Then dress up warmly and now you are ready for a nice wintery camping day out in the nature. There are five major national parks in Jyväskylä Region in which you can visit all year round.

Southern Konnevesi National park is the most popular national park in Jyväskylä Region with over 35000 visits in year 2019. We are not at all surprised by this fact, because its nature is truly stunning. This national park is characterized by rugged high cliffs, stunning lake views and magical forests. There are several atmospheric campfire shelters where you can enjoy your packed lunch and take in the the beautiful, calming scenery.

During winter you can explore this amazing park by foot or you can also rent a pair of snowshoes to make walking in the snow a bit more effortless. There are also lots of businesses around the national park arranging guided snowshoeing tours in addition to just renting them. From Kalajaretkeily in Rautalampi you can also rent an igloo building kit! All you need is the kit and loads of snow!


Snowshoeing at Southern Konnevesi National Park

Snowshoeing at Southern Konnevesi National Park. Photo: Tea Karvinen / Metsähallitus

From the border of Jämsä and Kuhmoinen you can find a gem of national parks, which is Isojärvi National park. This huge national park has over 30 kilometer trail network so there’s lots of different levels of trails to choose from. Years ago Isojärvi used to be a work site for hundreds of loggers and lumberjacks, so don’t be surprised if you run into lumberjack cabins and croft houses while hiking. Nowadays the only thing shouting ”Watch out! Tree is falling!” are the beavers, which you may spot if you are lucky enough.

There are six campfire shelters in the park, so remember to pack up some snacks to prepare on the campfire. If you wish to spend a night in the park, you can do so in park’s rental cabins.


Pine forests in Pyhä-Häkki National park are whispering stories since over 400 years ago. Snow covered old pines are an amazing sight during winter! The oldest tree in the park has reached a respectable 500 years age.

Established in 1956, Pyhä-Häkki is the senior of the region’s National parks and it’s also our all-time favorite with its easy and accessible trails. Besides hiking you can also explore the park while skiing. There is a 1,5 kilometer-long ski trail where you can give this sport a try.

There is cooking shelter in the park where you can cook small meals and make some coffee.


Pyhä-Häkki National Park

Snow covered trees in Puhä-Häkki National Park. Photo: Tea Karvinen / Metsähallitus

Salamajärvi National park in Kivijärvi offers you a rare opportunity to meet a wild forest deer. Peuran polku walking trail is one of the best places in the park to spot these beautiful, yet shy animals. Park’s versatile landscape serves you a beautiful mix of pine forests, open bogs and clear watered lakes.

Start your camping day at Koiransalmi Nature Information Hut where you can ask for some last minute tips and pieces of advice. At the hut they also rent  snowshoes, forest skis and kicksleds. After a day of camping you can rest your boby and mind at their traditional lakeside sauna. And if you don’t feel like leaving just yet, why not spend the night at the hut as well?


Salamajärvi National Park

Happy camper testing the ice in Salamajärvi National Park. Photo: Tiina Hakkarainen / Metsähallitus

Leivonmäki National park is located in Joutsa, less than one hour drive away from Jyväskylä. This national park is perfect for families with its easy hiking trails and well maintained campfire shelters.  The landscape in Leivonmäki is filled with lakes, forests and stunning white-water rapids. The park can be explored on foot, or you can also rent snowshoes or skis. Guided tours are also up for grabs.

There are lots of campfire shelters to choose from – Lintuniemi shelter has an amazing lakeview!


Leivonmäki National Park.

Lovely skiing trip at Leivonmäki National Park. Photo: Tea Karvinen / Metsähallitus

If you are interested in participating on a guided Natural Park tour, we have some great recommendations for you. Hankasalmi based Revontuli Resort arranges guided tours to Southern Konnevesi National Park and Leivonmäki National Park around the year. During winter time snowshoes and cross-country skis help you move forward in a snowy forest.


From Versona you can either rent a fatbike for independent exploring or attend a guided tour. Their National Park hopping tour gives you a chance to experience several parks during one tour. This memorable tour lasts from four to six days and can be tailored to your liking.


Tavinsulka arranges a wide variety of outdoor tours all year round. During winter they have snowshoe tours and in the summer time they are specialized in canoe and kayak tours.


-When camping in nature, keep these guidelines in mind:

-Bin your litter – let’s keep our beautiful national parks clean.

-Campfire is only allowed at sites marked for this purpose. When the forest fire warning or the grass fire warning is in effect, lighting fire is strictly prohibited. Also remember to put your fire out!

Stay on marked trails to avoid damaging vegetation unnecessarily.

Also note that there is no winter maintenance on the trails. Remember to check weather conditions before heading out in the nature.

But most importantly… Have fun out there and enjoy our beautiful nature!


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