4.5 based on 20 reviews
Vääksy Canal Area (Vääksyn kanava) is situated in Vääksy (the main conurbation of Asikkala), only 0.5-1 kilometers from the Highway 24 between Lahti and Padasjoki. It is an ideal resting place for all motorists. There are several nice summer cafeterias, small handicraft shops, green parks, interesting museums (especially the fishing museum in Päijännetalo House), old houses etc. there. I love this place!
4.5 based on 12 reviews
Pihamaa Estate & Winery is located in the village of Kalkkinen, 28 km from Vääksy, Asikkala. The estate is one of the oldest in the region and is still operated by the same family. Pihamaa Estate offers berries, fresh vegetables and an impressive range of other locally produced goods; cheese, flowers and handicrafts. The products are sold in a renovated farm house which is worth a stroll. Pihamaa is also well-known its wines made from berries. For example the Sparkling Wine is produced by the "method classique" - the same as the ever famous Champagne. Pihamaa Winery has received numerous recognitions from the Finnish Culinary Society and the wines have won several medals in the yearly competition between all Finnish wineries. Pihamaa Estate & Winery is open daily during June - August.
Pihamaa Estate and Winery has a large selection of ciders, wines and other products made by themselves or other small enterprises. In the summertime there is a lovely cafe to have a strawberry cider or a cup of coffee. You can also buy products home from the little shop downstairs. This winery is also open in the wintertime but only with a reservation beforehand. Blueberry soft drink was very refreshening.
4.5 based on 4 reviews
The Pulkkilanharju trail is situated in Päijänne National Park and is suitable for a day trip. The Pulkkilanharju trail can be reached either by car or bus via road 314 from the villages of Vääksy and Sysmä.The trail is suitable both for hiking and Nordic walking and it can be walked from May to September. The path starts below Karisalmi Bridge and it is marked with blue painted marks.The trail passes through beautiful esker and lake scenery and you can walk either the 2.3 km-long nature trail, or the whole marked trail, the length of which is a little more than 4 km in total.
Not very far from Helsinki area, Tampere or Lahti is Pulkkilan harju.
Rent a bike and cycle from Asikkala to Pulkkilan harju.
There is a bicycle bath from Vääksy to the Pulkkilan harju. It's also nice trip with motocycle or car.
Pulkkilan harju is a concervation area, and it's near Päijänne. Pick up berries, swim and just enjoy hiking in the Finnish nature. Have Fun!
4.5 based on 2 reviews
Lauri Rapala was the founder of Rapala-Normark group, the largest fishing lure and tackle producer in the world. Lauri Rapala was born in this region (in Sysmä). This museum tells the exciting story of Lauri Rapala and Rapala Company.
This isn't "only" Rapala museum. It also tells about other lures, fishing as a hobby and local nature.
The museum is three storeys high and it is situated in an old dairy building (nowadays called as Päijännetalo House). So it also tells about local history and dairy industry.
Remember to visit the statue of Lauri Rapala, too. It is situated 300-400 meters (walking time 4 minutes) from the museum.
I am not interested in fishing but this museum was very exciting. I recommend it for everyone interested in nature, fishing or history.
The 30 km long Aurinko – Ilves trail is a connecting trail to the Evo hiking area. The path starts from Päijännetalo House in Asikkala- / -Vääksy, but you can also access the path at Asikkala Sports Centre. The path ends at the car park at Haarajärvi in the Evo hiking area. The trail is suitable for hiking and in parts for Nordic walking. It is marked with special signs and yellow and -/- or orange painted marks and ribbons. The trail goes through a variety of forest and cultural landscapes in which traces of the Ice Age can be seen. Attractions along the trail include deep kettle holes (syrjänsupat) in the northern part of Aurinkovuori, which were formed during the Ice Age. Kuurnamäki offers beautiful views over the surrounding rural landscape, although about 1 km of the path is mostly covered by long grass and bushes. After crossing Highway 24, the trail passes through some beautiful countryside and village scenery. The rest of the trail (about 18 km) runs mainly along forest tracks with the exception of few shorter parts, where it passes through Forests along smaller paths.
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