The Vanajavesi Route flows from the Hämeenkoski population centre to Lake Vanajanselkä, winding through Häme’s traditional arable landscapes and the historic Vanajavesi Valley. The total distance is approximately 120 km, and the altitude difference is approximately 20 metres. The route starts from the River Teuronjoki in the Hämeenkoski population centre by National Road 12. The naturally beautiful and diverse River Teuronjoki winds through the woodlands and arable landscapes of the Häme region to Lake Mommilanjärvi. From there, the route continues along the River Puujoki to Lake Kernaalanjärvi and further to Turenki and Hämeenlinna along the River Hiidenjoki. From the city of Hämeenlinna, the stream takes paddlers through the historic Vanajavesi Valley, the shores of which are guarded by ancient fortress mountains, medieval grey stone churches and the Tavastia Castle. The Vanajavesi route ends on the beach of the magnificent Vanajanselkä Open in Petäys, Tyrväntö.
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The route can be paddled in 3–7 days, and its level is easy. The paddling route is easy to follow using the DigiTrail app.
The Vanajavesi paddling route is suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers alike, although the open waters are challenging in windy conditions. Experienced paddlers traverse the route in three days, but if you intend to enjoy the views, services and numerous historical sites to the full, you can spend an entire week on the route. As the route passes through numerous population centres, it is easy to choose a suitable stretch to paddle. The initial part of the route includes short stretches where canoes have to be carried (Hankala flax breaking facility, Myllykylä Dam on the River Teuronjoki and Vuolteenkoski Dam on the River Puujoki). Otherwise, the route is easy, and water volumes are abundant from Lake Mommilanjärvi onwards. In general, the route is paddleable throughout the season. The section between lakes Mommilanjärvi and Vanajanselkä can be paddled both ways.
Tips and hints
Catering and/or accommodation services:
Aulanko Outdoors / Katajistonkartano
START AND END POINTS:
Koskikara rest area (Koskikartano), Tampereentie 655, 16800 Hämeenkoski, 61.017304, 25.160827
Myllykylä (River Teuronjoki), Myllykyläntie 209, 16610 Kärkölä, 60.910594, 25.213211
Soidanlahti (Lake Mommilanjärvi), Haminankylä, 12130 Hausjärvi, 60.847634, 25.028649
Leppäkoski swimming beach (River Puujoki), on the right side of Haukankalliontie Road, 12380 Janakkala, 60.860557, 24.709062
Suviranta (River Hiidenjoki), Turengintie 31, 14200 Turenki, 60.920044, 24.620216
Hämeenlinna swimming hall beach (Lake Vanajavesi), Uimarintie 2, 13100 Hämeenlinna, 60.991332, 24.467366
Katajistonranta (Hattulanselkä Open), Katajistontie 1, 13220 Hämeenlinna, 61.030733, 24.442606
Mierolan Silta Cafe (Lake Vanajavesi), Ventolantie 2, 13720 Parola, 61.063530, 24.388953
Lepaa pier (Lepaanvirta), Laivalaiturintie, 14610 Hattula, 61.111406, 24.325361
Petäys Resort (Vanajanselkä Open), Petäyksentie 35, 14620 Tyrväntö, 61.159280, 24.322778
The paddling route starts from the Koskikara rest area close to the Koskikartano Café and Restaurant on the left-hand side of National Road 12 when approaching from Tampere.