Drink and enjoy Lake Päijänne!

Päijänne is the second-largest lake in Finland and the most significant source of clean water. The Asikkalanselkä part of the lake provides drinking water for more than one million Finns. The islands of Päijänne National Park were formed by the Ice Age, and the services along the shore tempt you to stay for a longer period of time.

Päijänne National Park

In Päijänne National Park, esker islands, rugged cliffs and bird rocks create a unique landscape and nature. Located in the municipalities of Padasjoki, Asikkala and Sysmä, there are approximately fifty islands in the national park area. The most famous and the most popular destination is Kelvenne, which is an eight-kilometre long esker island with lagoon-like sandy beaches and self-service marinas. In the summer, cruises to Kelvenne are organised from Padasjoki marina. Boat taxis speed to the islands from Padasjoki and Lehmonkärki in Asikkala, among other places.

The national park is part of the Salpausselkä Geopark landscape formed by the Ice Age.

Set out on a boat – your own or a rental

The best way to experience Lake Päijänne is on the deck of a boat. There are marinas with services for boaters on both sides of the lake: at the southern tip in Vääksy, on the western shore in Padasjoki and on the eastern shore in Sysmä. There are several self-service marinas on the sandy beaches of Päijänne National Park.

If you don’t have a boat, you can book a boat taxi and easily cross over to Kelvenne esker island or to the sandbanks of Lietsaari island for a swim. You can rent SUP boards at Camping Sysmä, Ilola Inn and Padasjoki marina, among other places.

There are plenty of restaurants on the shores of Lake Päijänne that have space at the piers for guest boats. If you prefer, you can order take away dishes directly to your boat.

Treats, shopping and lovely destinations on the shores of Lake Päijänne