Travelling in the Heart of Finland
• Juupajoki • Jämsä • Keuruu • Mänttä-Vilppula • Orivesi • Ruovesi • Virrat
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Travelling in the Heart of Finland
• Juupajoki • Jämsä • Keuruu • Mänttä-Vilppula • Orivesi • Ruovesi • Virrat
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Travelling in the Heart of Finland
• Juupajoki • Jämsä • Keuruu • Mänttä-Vilppula • Orivesi • Ruovesi • Virrat
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Travelling in the Heart of Finland
• Juupajoki • Jämsä • Keuruu • Mänttä-Vilppula • Orivesi • Ruovesi • Virrat
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Travelling in the Heart of Finland
• Juupajoki • Jämsä • Keuruu • Mänttä-Vilppula • Orivesi • Ruovesi • Virrat
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Travelling in the Heart of Finland
• Juupajoki • Jämsä • Keuruu • Mänttä-Vilppula • Orivesi • Ruovesi • Virrat
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Travelling in the Heart of Finland
• Juupajoki • Jämsä • Keuruu • Mänttä-Vilppula • Orivesi • Ruovesi • Virrat
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Travelling in the Heart of Finland
• Juupajoki • Jämsä • Keuruu • Mänttä-Vilppula • Orivesi • Ruovesi • Virrat
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Travelling in the Heart of Finland
• Juupajoki • Jämsä • Keuruu • Mänttä-Vilppula • Orivesi • Ruovesi • Virrat
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The best of holidays in the Heart of Finland!

In the Heart of Finland, where southern, western and central Finland meet, you can experience everything that made Lonely Planet to choose Finland as one of the TOP 3 travel destinations in the whole world. 

Whatever it is you fancy, the Heart of Finland offers hundreds of experiences to suit all tastes! Sights, events, new experiences and various accommodation options ranging from the urban to the wild frontier. For example, the Serlachius museum Gösta has been ranked as the 2nd best tourist attraction in Finland by Lonely Planet.

Our cosy cities and villages as well as the nature that will activate your senses create the perfect setting for your holiday. Come and enjoy a vacation in the Heart of Finland!

Welcome. From the bottom of our heart!

Straight to the Heart  |  Essential information about the region’s municipalities

The Heart of Finland (Suomen Sydän) consists of seven municipalities in northern Pirkanmaa and Central Finland. Together we represent the classic elements that define Finland while remaining distinctive in terms of appearance and what we offer.

Ruovesi

RUOVESI is known for Helvetinjärvi national park and Noitakäräjät (“witch trial”) event. You can come to visit also by boat along the famous water way Poet’s Way! The renewed guest marina in Ruovesi centre provides diverse services for visitors.

Keuruu

KEURUU is a fascinating and beautiful town by the highway 23, about 60 km from Jyväskylä. Here the nature with lake landcapes and high class services are near. Tourist attractions suitable for the whole family and over a thousand happenings a year!

Jämsä

JÄMSÄ is known for its vivid summer happenings, beautiful nature near the river Jämsänjoki and the lake Päijänne and its unique felt tradition. The renowned Himos Holiday Centre offers entertainment all year round.

Mänttä-Vilppula

MÄNTTÄ-VILPPULA is known as an Art Town where the history of the Finnish paper industry is vividly present. The Serlachius museums, Art Festival, Mänttä Music Festival and Mänttä Food Festival provide top-level experiences to the visitors.

Juupajoki on tunnettu kievarimuseosta ja Salokunta–Sahrajärvi -tien arvokkaista kulttuurimaisemista.

Juupajoki

JUUPAJOKI is known for the at national level appreciated cultural landscapes of Salokunta-Sahrajärvi road. At the inhabited centre of Korkeakoski there is an old factory milieu, Shoe Museum Koskenjalka and the unique nature attraction Juupajoki ravine. You can arrive by train!

Virrat

VIRRAT is known as a summer town of hundreds of lakes and for the nature which invites the tourist to hike and fish. The Toriseva ravine lakes are situated near the center of the town. Perinnekylä (“Tradition village”) takes you to the rural scenery of the old times.

Orivesi

ORIVESI invites you to the Art Centers, historic Hörtsänä’s Arboretum, beautiful recreation areas and Rönni Entertainment Center! Orivesi offers good confectionery and restaurant services in the city center and excellent holiday cottages in the countryside.

Spring in the Heart of Finland

Let’s plan a holiday. Check out our diverse events calendar.

Events

TOP 5 | We listened to visitors – this is what they have liked!

Here are some of our destinations that frequently emerge in lists of favourites. They include a number of nature experiences, local events and diverse cultural activities. Use these as tips for preparing your own holiday programme!

Ruovesi | TOP 5

  1. Helvetinjärvi National Park and Helvetinkolu

  2. Siikaneva Conservation Area

  3. Witches’ Trial and Witches’ Night

  4. Poet’s Way, S/S Tarjanne’s ship route (Murole canal, Ruovesi Ship Wharf and Visuvesi canal)

  5. Music! Ruovesi chamber music festival

Keuruu | TOP 5

  1. Old Keuruu area

  2. Paddle wheeler Elias Lönnrot cruises on Lake Keurusselkä

  3. Keuruu Old Church

  4. Steam Locomotive Park of Haapamäki

  5. Himmaan Huippu belvedere

Jämsä | TOP 5

Jämsä
  1. Himos – year-round holiday centre: ski resort, festivals, golf, husky safaris and other activities

  2. Moose Manor, Hirvikartano – Finland’s only private moose zoo

  3. Felt factories and factory outlets

  4. Wanha Witonen canoeing route

  5. Isojärvi National Park

Mänttä-Vilppula | TOP 5

  1. Serlachius museums: Art Museum Gösta and Gustaf Museum

  2. Mänttä Art Festival, top-class exhibition of modern art

  3. Mänttä Music Festival, top pianists

  4. Mäntänvuori outdoor area: observation tower, wine tavern, hiking trails

  5. Vilppulankoski tourist district and recreational fishing area

Juupajoki | TOP 5

Juupajoki on tunnettu kievarimuseosta ja Salokunta–Sahrajärvi -tien arvokkaista kulttuurimaisemista.
  1. Kallenaution kestikievari museum inn

  2. Shoe museum in the Juupajoki ravine area shaped by the ice age

  3. Cultural landscape route Kopsamo–Salokunta

  4. “Nut-form” octagon Juupajoki Church in Kopsamo

  5. Beautiful Kopsamo–Purnu canoeing route, 19 km

Virrat | TOP 5

  1. Toriseva ravine lakes with steep shores

  2. Harbour & 111-year-old steamship S/S Tarjanne

  3. Heritage Village museums for the entire family

  4. Killinkoski old factory complex

  5. Kituskoski & Herraskoski rapids

Orivesi | TOP 5

  1. Art Centre Purnu on the shore of Lake Längelmävesi

  2. Leporanta Art Centre, art in a kiln, cabin and coffeehouse

  3. Rönni entertainment centre in the Lake Längelmävesi landscape

  4. Idyllic Paltanmäki open-air museum with windmills

  5. Eräpyhä recreational area and nature trail

Our Heart – full of good things for you

Much loved Finnish favourites to experience. Many wonderful destinations off the beaten track to see and explore.

These pages combine Suomen Sydän’s sights, events and travel advice, so you get the most out of being our guests.

Sensible choices – from the Heart