Water is a shared treasure of the Lahti region
In Lahti region, the Salpausselkä ridges and eskers formed by the last Ice Age hide in them massive quantities of continuously renewing pure groundwater.
Lahti was the European Green Capital in 2021. Pure water was one of the main themes of the year.
In addition to those who live in the region, more than a million Finns in the Helsinki metropolitan area drink water from the Salpausselkä Geopark area: the tap water in the capital region is sourced from Lake Päijänne, which is clean enough to drink. Water travels to Helsinki along the 120-kilometre long Päijännetunneli tunnel, which starts at the Asikkalanselkä part of the lake, close to the Pulkkilanharju esker.
Groundwater is a shared treasure, and we all should pay special attention to protecting it.
Water is refined into award-winning drinks
Lahti is home to the large-scale Hartwall brewery as well as several microbreweries. Many of the beverages from the Lahti region have won international awards. In Lahti, perhaps the best tap water in the world is turned into world-class whisky, beer and wine. Teerenpeli’s whiskies and Ainoa Winery’s berry wines have won several international awards. In addition, the wines, ciders and beers of Pihamaa Winery, Kanavan Panimo brewery and Teerenpeli have often finished among the top three in competitions. Pure water is the best ingredient for the local artisan roasteries’ coffee.
Wine and craft beer shop Hilpeä
Heila is an attractive stopover on the E75 motorway in Heinola. Heila accommodates an excellent local food market, a service counter, the Hilpeä craft beer shop, and products from over 250 small-scale producers, along with the Heila restaurant & cafeteria. Heila’s specialities include a private vineyard and a small brewery. The wine shop sells Pihamaa’s prize-winning farm wines and sparkling wines, as well as Sahti farmhouse ale, brewed locally in Heila. Our service personnel are happy to give recommendations on how to serve our Finnish berry and fruit wines. The Hilpeä craft beer shop stocks hundreds of craft beers and ciders from small Finnish breweries that are bound to delight beer lovers.
Sustainable tours | Let’s get some fresh air! Sustainable urban nature holiday
During this round-trip you can experience the best of capital area and Finnish Lakeland in sustainable way! The tour includes accommodation in high-end private lakeside villas, green hotels and countryside inn, local and organic food, optional guided urban nature tours and tips for self-guided walking tours, sustainable visits, restaurants and shopping.
Sustainable tours | Spend a sustainable holiday in Helsinki and Lakeland regions
During this round-trip you can experience the best of Helsinki and Finnish Lakeland in sustainable way! The suppliers included in the program highlight ecological sustainability and specifically address climate change, yet also consider social sustainability. Most of them already has a certain eco-certification (Green Key, Green activities label, Nordic Swan Ecolabel, Sustainable Travel Finland label) or they fulfil other specific criteria like Helsinki Marketing’s Think Sustainably criteria.
Panimopub Ant Brew Malski
Panimopub offers tasty bear and it is located in Lahti city center in an old brewerybuilding Malski.
Pihamaa vineyard and brewery
Pihamaa is an idyllic winery and berry farm located in Kalkkinen, Asikkala, one of Finland’s most picturesque countryside landscape.The distance from the center of Vääksy to Kalkkinen is about half an hour. Known for its award-winning berry wines and unique microbrewery products, Pihamaa vineyard, complete with farm shop and café, is a popular visitor attraction in the summer months.
Countryside Restaurant Hollolan Hirvi is located 3 km from Hollola municipal center and it is specialized in organizing various events. The restaurant building was built in 1900. The former barn with its 120 cm thick granite walls was renovated and converted for restaurant use in 1999. The restaurant has for several years provided modern tastes of local food, drink and program services.
Old Vääksy Village | Kanavan Panimo, brewery
Kanavan Panimo is a local micro brewery located in the old premises of a dairy in the heart of idyllic Vääksy. Kanavan Panimo prepares artisan beers from local malt and unmalted grain. From the brewery shop you find the brewery's own beers and other seasonal products. Brewery tours available on request. During the summer season you can enjoy a craft beer on a pop-up terrace.
Teerenpeli Panimomyymälä Brewery Shop
Teerenpeli Brewery & Distillery is one of the first microbreweries and distilleries in Finland. The Teerenpeli Brewery was founded in Lahti in 1995 and it produces first-rate, fine quality and tasty beverages. Teerenpeli Distillery started to distill award-winning single malt whiskies in 2002, and it has been awarded as the Worldwide Whisky Producer at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2020.
Teeletti is a charming tea boutique in Lahti city centre. In addition to actual teas, the selection of the boutique includes herbal and aromatic teas, local coffees, tableware and tea supplies, delicacies and natural cosmetics. From Teeletti you can find many local and organic products.
Kahiwa Coffee Roasters Malski
Kahiwa Coffee Roasters is a local coffee roastery, importer of raw coffee and wine café located in Malski, in Lahti. Kahiwa's passion is to offer high quality coffee with a story. It buys its own raw coffee as directly as possible from the farmers so that the compensation goes right.
Hartwall Brewery Shop and Visitors’ Centre
Hartwall’s new brewery shop and Visitors’ Centre in Lahti invites you to come explore the world of beverages. The brewery shop offers a wide range of Hartwall drinks, including a wide range of specialty beers. In addition, the store receives a lot of desirable accessories from Jaffa posters and Hartwall Vichy Original T-shirts.
Ten kilometers from Lahti center, tucked away in the small rural village of Miekkiö is the winery that placed Finland on the world’s wine map. Using wild ingredients gathered from the Finnish forests and berries grown locally, Ainoa’s wines have won awards in Germany, the US and the prestigious competitions of France. In 2019 Ainoa Winery was awarded the Embla Nordic Food Artisan trophy for their contribution to Nordic food culture.
Fish and crayfish also love pure water
The enormous Lake Päijänne, the deepest and second largest lake in Finland, reaches all the way from Asikkala to Jyväskylä. The clear waters of Päijänne are among the most popular recreational fishing destinations in Finland. And no wonder, since the pure water and wide open lake present challenges, stunning scenery and plenty of fish to catch for fishing enthusiasts. Despite its popularity, there is more than enough space on this large lake. In addition to the fish delicacies of the Päijät-Häme region, crayfish also love the pure waters of the area. These experts in water purity require a sufficient oxygen content in the water. You won’t spot crayfish in water with low oxygen content.