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Visit nature attrac­tions by train

Visit nature attractions by train

You can travel to several beautiful nature attractions in Finland without spending hours in your car. The backpack and tent travel with you on the train, and you can use the travel time to plan hiking routes, for example.

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Together with Metsähallitus, we have compiled a list of nature sites that you can easily reach without your own car. Explore destinations and check your arrival instructions.

Visit national parks and natural attractions by train

Aulanko Nature Reserve in Hämeenlinna has been a popular tourist destination for over one hundred years. Nowadays, the nature reserve in Aulanko offers tourists much more to see than just the beautiful scenery. The Aulanko parkland with its attractions and the traditional Finnish landscape, best viewed from the observation tower on Aulangonvuori, attract more than 400,000 visitors to the area every year. Aulanko is especially suitable for day trips, and some of the attractions in the area are also suitable for those travelling with an assistant or a pram.

How to get there:

There is a little over three kilometres to walk from Hämeenlinna railway station to Aulanko. You can also take the local bus number 2 to Aulanko from the station. You can buy both a train ticket and a Hämeenlinna one-time public transport ticket in the VR Matkalla application.

In Koli National Park, you will find Finland's most famous national landscapes. Hike to the top of Koli's highest peak, Ukko-Koli, from where you can admire the magnificent landscape overlooking Lake Pielinen. From the quartz ledge of Paha-Koli, you can see over Kolinuuro to Pielinen, while from Akka-Koli you can see the lakeland scenery of Kolinselkä. Koli has suitable routes for hikers of all levels. There are about 80 kilometres of marked trails, ranging in length from 1½ kilometres to 61 kilometres.

How to get there

The distance from Vuonilahti railway station to Koli by water is about 10 kilometres. There is a harbour a few hundred metres from Vuonilahti station, from where the journey to Koli can be made by water bus.

The distance from Joensuu railway station to Koli is about 60 kilometres. The most convenient way to get there is by bus, carpool taxi or low-cost rental car.

Kurjenrahka National Park is located north of Turku. As its name suggests, Kurjenrahka is home to cranes, where you can also experience the spring fever of owls. The marked routes in the National Park are well connected to the out-of-area Kuhankuono hiking route. Together, they form a route of more than 150 kilometres.

How to get there

The distance from Turku railway station to Kurjenrahka National Park is about 41 kilometres. From the railway station, you can get to Kurjenrahka by Föli bus for local traffic in Turku. The bus operates on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 25 April to 30 October. During the summer, from 6 June to 7 August, the bus also operates on weekdays.

You can also continue your journey from Turku by a rental car.

Punkaharju Nature Reserve has been an internationally renowned tourist destination for over two hundred years thanks to its natural landscapes. It is one of Finland's national landscapes, and the beautiful lake views between the rugged pines are still the main attraction.

Sense the layers of history from the creations of the Ice Age through the old road foundations, the building stock and military-historical structures to the present day. The primeval area of Kokonharju and the Laukansaari research park complete the Punkaharju experience.

How to get there

The train takes you directly to the heart of Punkaharju Nature Reserve, where you get off at Lusto.

Cycling is allowed in the nature reserve, and Punkaharju is the starting point for several long cycling routes, such as Pihlajavesi polkasu, the Suur-Saimaa cycling tour and the Puruvesi tour.

Repovesi National Park is one of the most popular hiking and trekking destinations in Southern Finland. There are around 45 kilometres of marked trails in Repovesi. The trails range from slightly under 4 kilometres to 26 kilometres long. The majestic mountain landscapes of Repovesi have rolling trails that are sure to pose a welcome challenge to experienced hikers. Climb the rugged cliffs, cross Lapinsalmi Bridge or cross Määkijänsalmi on a cable ferry.

How to get there

The closest train stations to Repovesi National Park are Kouvola and Mäntyharju. The Repovesi bus, which runs from Kouvola at weekends, takes passengers from the railway station via Verla to Repovesi. There are canoeing, hiking and mountain biking routes from Mäntyharju station to Repovesi National Park.

During the summer, from 20 June to 14 August, Repovesi National Park is easily accessible also from the Hillosensalmi stopping point. InterCity trains running between Helsinki and Kuopio stop there daily. It is about 7 kilometres from the stop to the heart of Repovesi National Park. The trip is convenient with, for example, your own bicycle or by kayak, which can be rented near the Hillonsalmi stop.

Rokua National Park is part of Rokua Geopark, Finland's first destination in the UNESCO network of unique geological sites. In addition to the National Park, Rokua Geopark includes the Oulu Lake and Oulu River Valley areas.

In the rugged sand trails of this ancient pine grove, even the family’s smallest can walk along the paths. Dunes covered with silver lichen frame small ponds that tell us about the great power that shaped the ground during the Ice Age. Pookivaara Tower, located in the heart of the National Park, offers views even to the Kainuu Sea.

How to get there

The distance from Vaala railway station to Rokua National Park is about 18 kilometres. You can use a local taxi to make the trip.

In Seitseminen National Park, you will find old forests, ridges, bogs, meadows and pastures. There you can, for example, experience the Multiharju primeval forest, which is accessible via a two-kilometre nature trail. More than half of the area of Seitseminen National Park is marshland, which is full of life during the summer. In the marshlands of Seitseminen, it is possible to see black grouse, cranes, whooper swans or even a willow grouse, a bird that is more commonly seen further north.

How to get there

Seitseminen National Park is located 26 km from Parkano train station. The easiest way to get there is by taxi. A fixed rate has been agreed with the local taxi companies, with which your whole group will travel to the very heart of the national park. Read more about the taxi service.

In addition, if you want to admire the scenery of Näsijärvi more extensively, you can travel to the Seitseminen National Park with a rental car, which you can get from Tampere train station.

Sipoonkorvi National Park is located in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The dimness of the woods and the fine mushroom and berry terrain invite people from the cities to relax and enjoy nature. Sipoonkorpi is well suited for a day trip, as there are several short hiking trails that are a few kilometres long.

Cycling in Sipoonkorpi National Park is allowed on all clearly marked paths and routes.

How to get there

The distance from Tikkurila railway station to Sipoonkorvi National Park is about half an hour. The shortest connection to Sipoonkorvi National Park is from Tikkurila Railway Station by HSL bus 736 to the Kalkkiuunintie stop, which connects to the Kalkkiruukki trail. You can buy both a train ticket and an HSL voucher using the VR Matkalla application.

During summer weekends, from 7 May to 30 September, there is also a Sipoonkorpi Hop-On Hop-Off bus from Tikkurila railway station. The route starts from platform 10 of the Tikkurila travel centre, and a single adult ticket costs 2 € / trip.

In Teijo National Park, the peace of nature meets modern life and artisanal traditions of the historic villages. From the villages, you can go hiking, canoeing and fishing in the varied sea landscapes, lakes and marshes of the national park. Teijo is suitable for day hikers, but you can also stay there under the starry sky of the national park or in the charming accommodation found in the village.

How to get there

The distance from Salo railway station to Teijo National Park is about 20 kilometres. The local transport bus number 3 from Salo city centre goes to the parking area of the national park.

Teijo National Park is part of a coastal cycling route. The cycling route from the station to the national park is around 20 kilometres. The National Park has a six-kilometre mountain bike route around Tapani and a five-kilometre tour of Jeturkasti.

In addition to the bike, Teijo can also be reached by water bus from Salo, starting from 15 June. The route goes from Salo city centre to Vuohensaari by small boat and from Vuohensaari to Mathildedal by large boat.

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