Finland Motorhome Tours Central Finland Drive

Finland Motorhome Tours

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Helsinki > Via Vantaa> Lake Tuusula area incl Järvenpää > Mäntsälä > Pukkila > Orimattila > Lahti > Asikkala > Sysmä > Luhanka > Kärkistensalmi Bridge > Korpilahti > Jyväskylä

Helsinki, Finland

Finland Motorhome Tours

 

 

Helsinki to Vantaa

  • Take E12 out of Helsinki
  • Travel for 1.7 miles (2.7 km)
  • Turn right for Vantaa
  • Travel for 3 miles (4.8 km)
  • Total distance 5 miles (8 km)

 

 

 

 Finland Motorhome Tours Vantaa

Vantaa is best known for the international airport, but it also has historic sites such as the Old Sotunki Village, which shows the peaceful Finnish countryside as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries. Vantaa also has the Heureka Science Center, an exhibition and action center for all ages, Katrineberg Manor and the Nissbacka Manor Art Exhibition.

 

Vantaa to Lake Tuusula area incl Järvenpää

  • Leave Vantaa towards Helsinki
  • Travel for 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
  • Turn right onto “Keha Ring I” towards Kerava, Helsinki-Vantaa
  • Join the 45 Road
  • Travel for 10 miles (16 km)
  • Exit towards Tuusala
  • Travel for 3 miles (4.8 km)
  • At Tuusula continue for 650 yards (0.5 km)
  • Turn right onto 139 Road
  • Travel for 1 mile (1.6 km)
  • Turn left onto 145 Road at Kerava
  • Travel for 6 miles (9.5 km)
  • Total distance 22 miles (35.5 km)

 

Lake Tuusula area incl Järvenpää

 

The Lake Tuusula area is famed for it’s artist community. The beautiful wooded lakeside has been home to artists, writers and composers such as Aleksis Kivi, Juhani Aho, Venny Soldan-Brofelt, Pekka Halonen, Eero Järnefelt, J.H.Erkko, Eino Leino and most famously Jean Sibelius. The Tuusula shore road has been designated a Historic museum road. In this area are two famous museums; Art Nouveau style Hvitträsk, the former studio and home of the architects Eliel Saarinen, Armas Lindgren and Herman Gesellius., and Ainola, the former home of the famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.
Also in Tuusula area are the Kellokoski Manor and Kellokoski Ironworks (or Mariefors Ironworks) The Ironworks were built in 1884-1889, and was designed in the style of Renaissance Palaces of Italy. It was enlarged in 1914-1915 to serve as a hospital.

 

Järvenpää to Mäntsälä

  • Leave Järvenpää towards 4 Road / E75
  • Travel north on 4 Road / E75 for 12 miles (19 km)
  • Exit towards Mäntsälä
  • Take 55 road
  • Travel for 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
  • Turn left to Mäntsälä Centre
  • Travel 1.9 miles (3 km)
  • Total distance 18 miles (29 km)

 

Mäntsälä Finland Motorhome Tours

 

Mäntsälä is an up and coming town with a newly redesigned town centre. Places to visit here include the red tiled Mäntsälä Church and any of the 15 beautiful manor houses in the surrounding area.

 

Mäntsälä to Pukkila

  • Leave Mäntsälä heading South East
  • Join the 55 Road
  • Travel for 2.5 miles (4 km)
  • Turn left on to 162 road
  • Travel for 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
  • Total distance 13 miles (21 km)

 

Birch Trees, Finland

Birch Trees, Finland

Pukkila Finland Motorhome Tours

Pukkila Church was built in 1814, but the pulpit is from 1689 and is one of the oldest and most beautiful Baroque-style pulpits in Finland. Pukkila Manor was built in 1762 by Christoffer Rappe in the rococo style. Parts of the manor’s original interior from has remained; however, most of the rooms have been redesigned in the neo-classical style by a later owner. The herb garden features herbs and plants which were typical to the 18th century.
Tourist Office, Pulkkila Municipality, PL 14 , 92601 Pulkkila Tel +358 8 811 8411

 

Pukkila to Orimattila

  • Head North out of Pukkila
  • Travel for 11 miles (17.5 km)
  • Turn Right on to 164 Road
  • Travel for 2 miles (3 km)
  • Total Distance 13 miles (21 km)

 

Orimattila

 

Orimattila Church dates back to the 17th century. The current church was built in 1862-1866 in the Empire style and was designed by Jean Wik. The bell-tower was built in 1851, and it has been heightened during the reconstruction in 1932. Ormatilla also has an art museum.

 

Orimattila to Lahti

  • From Orimattila take 167 Road North
  • Travel for 10 miles (16 km)
  • Join 4 Road / E75
  • Travel for 4 miles (6.5 km)
  • Exit towards Lahti / Nastola
  • Travel for 3 miles (4.8 km)
  • Total Distance 17 miles (27 km)

 

Lake, Finland

Lake, Finland

Lahti

Lahti is a vibrant and modern lakeside city amidst the Salpausselkä ridge landscape. It is a good centre for sporting activities including climbing, horse-riding, skiing and skating. In the centre of the city is the market square with its cheerful stalls, cafes and bars. On one side of the square is the Kauppahalli or shopping arcade.

The harbour area of Lahti has been recently redeveloped and offers beautiful views from the many lake side terraces. In this area are the Lanu Sculpture park, The Sibelius Hall, Musical fountains, Vonkale Fishing Park, and the summer theatre. For families there are the Laune Family Park, the Laune Domestic animal park and the little Pusku train.

Lahti to Asikkala

  • Head North from Lahti
  • Turn left onto 24 Road
  • Travel for 14 miles (22.5 km)

 

Asikkala

Asikkala is a charming town on the shores of Lake Paijanne. Set in forest on a ridge overlooking the lake, this is a place enormously proud of it’s heritage, both historical and natural. Asikkala Church sits on top of a hill and can be seen for miles around. The construction of the Vääksy canal encourged the growth of Asikkala as a Finnish summer resort. The Päijänne House is the local fishing and nature museum. There is also a working Water-Mill that you can visit where corn is milled and electricity generated.

Asikkala Travel Info , Päijännetalo, Meijeritie 1, Tel. 8886800, Fax 8886801

From Asikkala take 314 Road and slow down. You are in Pulkkilan-harju, one of Finland’s most beautiful ridge areas created by glaciers moving in the Ice Age and forming narrow ridges between waters. Pulkkilanharju is a good place to stop for a cup of coffee on the Finland Motorhome Tours.

 

Asikkala to Sysmä

  • Take the 314 Road North out of Asikkala
  • Travel for 26 miles (42 km)

 

Flowers, FinlandSysmä

There is much to see and do in the Sysmä area. The Church of St. Olav was built in 1398 and has been changed over the centuries to suit the style of the era. Much of the exhibits in the Museum of local history and culture date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but there are some artifacts from the Iron Age, Viking era and the Crusades.

The Finnish Accordian museum is located in Sysmä. It was originally a hobby collection of a local resident. The collection now includes over 100 examples of the instruments. Live music is often on offer in the museum.

Sauvi-Pinx Art Gallery holds a summer art exhibition each year. The Gallery is housed in the Old Suopelto School and it’s surrounding buildings.

The Black and White Horse Puppet Theatre and Museum is located in Onkiniemi. The museum houses more than 400 puppets and puppet making workshops are regularly held here.

 

Sysmä to Luhanka Finland Motorhome Tours

  • Take the 612 Road north out of Sysmä
  • Travel for 26 miles (42 km)
  • Turn Right for Luhanka
  • Travel for 1 mile (1.6 km)
  • Total Distance 27 miles (43.5 km)

 

Luhanka

Luhanka village is a small and peaceful place with less than 1000 inhabitants. Despite it’s small size, Luhanka’s old church (built in 1893) is one of the biggest in Finland and can seat 2000 people. Set on the lakeside and surrounded by forest it is a charming place to stop on your trip.

There is a farming museum just 5 km outside of the village (on the road to Joutsa) . It is called the Peltolan Mäkitupalaismuseo and features a collection of different styles of wooden farmhouse buildings, and old farm implements.

Tourist Office, Luhanka Municipal Office, 19950 Luhanka Tel +358 14 879 221 fax +358 14 879 321

 

Luhanka to Korpilahti via Kärkistensalmi Bridge

  • Head North out of Luhanka
  • Turn Right onto the 612 Road
  • Travel for 4.5 miles (7 km)
  • Turn Left onto 610 Road
  • Travel for 16 miles (26 km)
  • Turn Left onto 9 Road / E63
  • Travel for 2 miles (3 km)
  • Total Distance 23 miles (37 km)

Kärkistensalmi Bridge Finland Motorhome Tours

 

AtWaterfall, Finland the narrowest point of Lake Päijänne you can cross at Kärkistensalmi Bridge. It is a cable-stayed bridge with a span of 240m. The view over the lake from the bridge is spectacular and well worth a stop to take it in.

Korpilahti

This little tourist spot has all the facilities you could want. The blue flag harbour offers lake cruises and access to water sports. With a campground, café, restaurants and a local market selling fresh produce and local crafts it is an ideal place to visit.

Korpilahti to Jyväskylä

  • From Korplahti take the 9 Road / E63 north
  • Travel for 12 miles (19.5 km)(passing through Muurame)
  • Total Distance 18 miles (29 km)

In Muurame, the Muurame Sauna Museum is fascinating with 30 different old saunas as well as magnificent exhibition of sauna culture.

 

Finland Motorhome Tours

Finland Motorhome Tours

Jyväskylä Finland Motorhome Tours

The university city of Jyväskylä is a lively and modern city set on the lakeside and surrounded by hills and forests. This area is known for it’s music and culture but also offers easy access to the wonderful countryside.

Things to do:

  • Vierlaaksoh Finland Motorhome Tours
    Fairy-tale adventure park and gardens for children for all ages. 4 km from the town centre.Address Kammintie 4, Jyväskylä Tel +358 (0)14 677 244
  • Jyväskylä ridge and observation tower
    The ridge dominates the city skyline is one of Jyväskylä’s most popular lookout points and green areas. The top can be reached by stone steps lined with flowers. The ridge has a number of signposted walks, a sports stadium and a summer theatre as well as the Vesilinna water tower, which features the Natural History Museum of Central Finland, an observation platform and panoramic restaurant.
  • Jyväskylä town centre and harbour.
    The Pedestrian area is at the heart of the city. It is the venue for a wide range of summer events and is beautifully illuminated in the evenings. It is surrounded by shopping centres, boutiques, giftware shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs, and much more. The market place on the corner of Väinönkatu and Yliopistonkatu is open all year. market is a lively spot for people. Fresh farm produce, fish, craft items and flowers are all available here. The harbour area offers boat trips to many of the surrounding towns and is a nice place to sit with a cup of coffee.
  • The University of Jyväskylä’s park areas.
    The University of Jyväskylä’s main campus is on Seminaarinmäki hill and is the heart of this city. The original buildings date from 1880-1905 and were designed by architects K. Kiseleff and Yrjö Blomstedt. New buildings added to the campus between 1952 and 1971 were designed by the world-famous architect Alvar Aalto. The university’s park areas in Mattilanniemi and Ylistönrinne together make up the university’s botanical gardens.
  • Savutuvan Apaja, Haapaniemi, near Jyväskylä,
    This park has some thirty old farm buildings from around Central Finland, and creating an attractive and historically authentic commurnity. The food served here is traditional Finnish cuisine.
    Savutuvan Apaja, 40800 Vaajakoski, FINLAND Tel +358 14 262 022 Fax +358 14 262 099
  • Jyväskylä Regional Tourist Information, Asemakatu 6, FI-40100 Jyväskylä
    Tel. +358(0)14 624 903 Fax +358(0) 14 214 393
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