Activities & Nature
Lahti and the southern Lake Päijänne region offer an impressive range of activities for both FIT’s and groups year round! Whether you’re looking for the silence of the forest, crystal clear waters or snow-covered lake, you’ll find it here in the Lahti Region.
Tours and packages
Summer fun and best spots in Western Lakeland area
One week adventure tour in Western Lakeland visiting Lahti, Jyväskylä and Tampere regions. The tour is ideal for minimum 4 persons and includes accommodation with breakfast in well-equipped log cabin, in guesthouse and in hotel, a boat trip to Päijänne National Park with picnic lunch, whitewater rafting and cable wire slide program, visit to Serlachius Museums.
Products and suppliers
Guided fishing trips, ice fishing and lake safaris for example to Päijänne National Park and its beautiful Kelvenne ridge island. The Ice fishing with snowmobile sled ride package includes a 3-4-hour guided tour for 2-6 persons. Experience the traditional style of winter fishing on Lake Vesijärvi. Your guide will take you to the best fishing spots by snowmobile and sled, show you how to drill a hole in the ice and teach you the fishing techniques. Ice fishing is easy to learn and is also very suitable for children. The most common catch is perch, but sometimes a big pike can surprise you. We will enjoy a snack by an open fire with sausages and coffee/tea.
Fenix provides a great variety of nature and sports activities all year round in Lahti! SUP boarding, fatbike trips, kayaking, nature trips, snow shoeing, ice fishing and many other activities available, just to mention some examples. The Sunset SUP package is a 2,5-hour tour on Lake Vesijärvi on Lahti for minimum 10 persons. A beautiful summer evening, a setting sun that never actually goes down in midsummer, the calm and silent lakeside nature around us – what more could you ask for! The Sunset SUP tour is perfect for anyone, regardless of their level of activeness. No previous experience of stand up paddling is required; however, moderate swimming ability is necessary. Our stable, high-class boards combined with professional guidance guarantee you a memorable experience.
Best Lake Nature Adventures
Best Lake Nature Adventures offers nature activities and nature education in the Lahti Region, mostly in Lahti and Nastola, only 20 minutes from Lahti city centre. With us, you can enjoy Finnish nature all year round and also learn new skills – for example, how to find and use herbs, berries and mushrooms in nature! Our guides are qualified nature and wilderness guides. The Blueberry place package includes a 3-hour guided tour in the forest for minimum 4 persons. During this trip you will walk to a secret blueberry spot, where you can pick these healthy forest berries! You may also find wild raspberries or lingonberries, depending on the time and season of your trip. During the trip, you will take a break and taste some local buns with coffee and juice.
KoiraKikka Husky Farm
KoiraKikka farm is located in Heinola, only 20 minutes from Lahti and 1 h 20 minutes from Helsinki. In the farm courtyard you can find of course huskies but also reindeer and many other northern animals. The farm visit includes a 1,5-hour guided visit for 2-20 persons. You will meet the lovely Siberian huskies, foxes, bunnies, reindeer, doves and wolves! During the visit your guide will tell you a lot of interesting facts about caring for, keeping and working with sled dogs before enjoying a cup of coffee/tea with a pastry. During the winter season, Koirakikka also offers dog sled rides. The season usually starts in January and ends in March, but it always depends on weather and snow conditions. During the snowless season the sled rides can be done with trolleys.
Heinola Travel is specialized in the city of Heinola, which is located 20 minutes from Lahti. It offers for example tasting packages to a local and organic food restaurant Heila and guided nature excursions. The Silence in the woods package includes a 5-hour escape into nature for 4-12 persons. This trip takes you deep into a Finnish forest in the Paistjärvi area, which is about a one-hour drive from the centre of Heinola. In fact, so deep that only the Giants and the black woodpecker live there—at least that’s what the old people say. Come and find out for yourself if it’s true! You’ll see the old forest around clear blue lakes and, if you’re lucky, you might get to taste Finnish berries, such as blueberries, fresh from the woods! You’ll also have a cup of coffee, made on the campfire, with a pastry.
Kitetirri is an adventure service company that specialises in e-mountainbike and SUP rentals, lessons and nature treks in Southern Finland. Kitetirri is well known as an ecological and nature-respecting company. Rentals and guided excursions available for both FIT's and groups. Kitetirri offers all-year-round rentals and guided emtb nature treks. During the summer also SUP and windsurfing lessons. In the winter lessons for snowkiting.
Lahti Sailing Club
Lahti Sailing Club is operating on the beautiful Lake Vesijärvi, in front of Lahti city. Its yacht club and summers restaurant is located in Myllysaari island, just 5 minutes from the city centre. The Sailing course for beginners with Optimist Boats includes a guided 4-hour course for 2-6 persons. The course is intended for people who have never sailed before but want to know the secret to handling an optimist boat! On the course, you will learn about safety issues and some navigation rules on the water – and tying some knots!
Päijänne Cruises Hilden
Päijänne Cruises Hilden Oy operates on Lake Päijänne, Finland’s second largest lake. The shipping company has four vessels, all of which are in excellent shape and well-equipped in terms of kitchens and other facilities. Päijänne Cruises Hilden Oy operates cruises from Lahti Harbour to Vääksy canal, Heinola and even up to Jyväskylä, northern Päijänne. During these cruises you can enjoy the best sights of Finnish nature and, at same time, have a delicious lunch or dinner prepared from the finest locally sourced ingredients. One of the most fascinating cruises is the two-canal route on southern Lake Päijänne: two canals and three different lakes. This beautiful route goes through the Vääksy and Kalkkinen canals to Heinola and comes back the same evening. You can also hop off the boat in Vääksy and enjoy a day in the old Vääksy village full of shops, restaurants and sights.
Wild herb excursions, herbal saunas, wild herb cooking and natural cosmetics classes. The Wild and abundant treasures of Finnish nature packages includes a 4-hour guided program for minimum 4 persons. Learn how to find, gather and use the most common edible and medicinal plants with a professional herbalist. Enjoy the enchanting greenness of Finnish summer, pure and fresh air, and get some gentle exercise while learning about the traditional uses and benefits of the marvellous plants that grow wild in our woods and meadows. You’ll wildcraft some plants, which you can afterwards use either in a herbal sauna, cooking, making simple natural cosmetics or for arts and crafts!
Starhill Stable is located in the idyllic, traditional Finnish countryside in the municipality of Sysmä. The stable is a home for small and good-natured Icelandic horses. With these qualities, they are an excellent horse for beginners and also for more experienced riders. Starhill Stable offers popular trail riding programmes of different durations in the summer. The trail riding routes pass through the magnificent rural setting, village roads and forest trails. The 1,5-hour trail riding tour is ideal for 3-5 persons.