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Häme is full of beautiful nature routes. You will find routes that are short and suitable for beginners as well as long and challenging routes. Trails can be found in various destinations from lake shores to deep forest. Along the trails you can admire the stunning scenery of Häme and slow down in fresh air.
The Häme Ilvesreitti Trail is over 250 kilometers long hiking trail which extends to Loppi, Tammela, Riihimäki and Hämeenlinna in Häme region. The trail, marked with clear lynx symbols, runs through the Torronsuo and Liesjärvi National Parks, the Saari National Park, Riihimäki Riutta area, Ahvenistonharju, Evo and many other beautiful areas.
Liesjärvi and Torronsuo Trails
Both National Parks in Häme have a lot to see and different routes to follow. You can start Liesjärvi Trails from several points, for example Korteniemi Heritage Farm or Pirttilahti Parking Area. There are trails from a bit over one kilometer to five-kilometer route. The Torronsuo Ring Trail is a 1.5-kilometer, easy to walk route with duckboards on the mire sections. From the Kiljamo car park, the first 150 meters of the route is suitable for wheelchairs or baby prams. In winter, there are wonderful ski trails on Torronsuo.
Poronpolku in Loppi got its name from reindeer herding in the area in the 1960s and 1970s and there is held a popular Poronpolku outdoor event every year. Poronpolku trail has varying lengths of paths from 3 kilometers to 30 kilometers, all passing through the exciting land of gnomes, goblins and trolls, Pirunlinna. Along the poronpolku trail you can explore the magnificent ridge nature and stop by Marskin Maja for a break. You can read more about Loppi trails here!
In Hämeenlinna the Aulanko area offers many different routes in nature parks and forests. Our national composer, Jean Sibelius, wandered in his youth in the forests of Aulanko and the new nature reserve east of the Lake Aulangonjärvi is named after him. The Sibelius Forest Nature Trail has eight information boards telling about the nature of the area and the realtion between Sibelius and nature. Sibelius Forest is part of the 7-kilometer-long trail around Lake Aulangonjärvi. Aulanko Nature Reserve has a good network of trails. In the middle of the forest park, around the Lake Joutsenlampi, there is a one-kilometer-long tree species trail where you can see almost 60 different tree and shrub species. The Aulanko Hotel is surrounded by parks and you can walk the beautiful lakeside route where you can admire horses and gazebos and stop off on the artificial islands. The Aulanko area with its trails is part of the Hämeenlinna National Urban Park.
The Evo hiking area has about 70 kilometers of nature trails. There are several campfire sites and lean-to shelters along the routes and there are also many rental cabins in the area. Evo has many different kind of nature trails, where you can learn about the life of a brown trout, the fate of solitary inhabitants or the Siberian flying squirrel living conditions in the old-growth forest. Also beavers and lynxes live in the Evo area.
Lake Iso-Melkutin is an incredibly clear water lake in Loppi. There is a seven-kilometer easy hiking trail around the lake, ideal for the whole family. Iso-Melkutin is especially popular among divers. The entire area of the Melkutin lakes is part of the Natura 2000 program, as well as the shore and ridge protection programs.
There are several hiking trails in the Ahvenisto area in Hämeenlinna. The 6-kilometer-long nature trail runs through ridges and contains a few difficult climbs. You can also walk the nature trail as a shorter alternative just by walking around Lake Ahvenistonjärvi. In addition to the Ahvenisto area, the ridge continues in both directions and the popular route also passes through the Hattelmala ridge. The route is almost 10 kilometres from Palvaanlinna to Viisari.
Laurinmäki Nature Trail
In Janakkala, the Laurinmäki historical and cultural area offers a marked nature trail amongst diverse Finnish forestlands. The four-kilometer nature trail starts from the Crofter’s Museum leading to the top of Määkynmäki. A shorter route is also available, turning from old protected pine tree back to the museum area. Along the nature trail you will see, for example, a sacred grove from Iron Age, a sacred well and sacrificial stones.
There are interesting, even historical, routes for cycling in Häme. Trails marked for mountain biking can be found for example at Ilvesreitti, Poronpolku, Evo, Aulanko and Hattula. There are also several cycling events in Häme, such as Aulanko MTB, Poronpolun Polkaisu and Evo MTB. A bicycle map for Hämeenlinna was made in 2016 and it shows the cycling routes in the area. The Tavast Cycling Club organizes various cycling events in the area. You can rent a bicycle, mountain bike or fat bike from Eerikkilä or Aulanko Outdoors. Many accommodations also have bicycles available to guests for free use or to rent.
There are several enchanting canoeing routes in the Häme region. Canoeing experiments and courses are organized by at least the local canoeing club VanajaveDen Vesikot ry. Canoes and kayaks are rented by Eerikkilä, Erärenki and Aulanko Outdoors. These companies also organize canoeing trips.
When it starts to snow, ski trails are made to many nature sites in Häme. You will find the best skiing trails in Torronsuo National Park, Aulanko Nature Reserve and Evo Hiking Area. There are also great ski trails in Komio Nature Reserve, Riihimäki Riutta Area and Ahvenisto Ridge Area.
You can also explore the nature routes with the help of the Digitrail application. The app guides you through the forest and tells you about nearby services and attractions. The trail descriptions and classifications make it easy to choose the most suitable destination for a nature experience in Häme. Read more and download the application!
Also useful for those exercising in nature is the terrain map app, which allows you to find paths in forests. You can download the app for android here and for iOS here and explore the nature routes in forests!