Take a stroll to enjoy the wonderful scent of old pine forests growing on rocky hills at Vaarunvuoret and enjoy the stately views over Lake Päijänne, the second biggest lake in Finland.
The Vaarunvuoret Nature Trail (4 km) starts from the parking area and runs clockwise. The trail is marked with blue paint, and it is easy to travel. The terrain varies between pine heaths, spruce stands and rocks, and there are some differences in altitude. There are short sections with duckboards along the trail, in addition to two ponds: Juonaanjärvi and Särkijärvi. There is a campfire site by the Särkijärvi pond.
For a short distance, the nature trail follows the old Vanha Vaaruntie road which was known as the steepest road in Finland in the old days. If you want to get a feel of the steep ascent/descent, turn from the nature trail down to Korospohja to visit the shores of Lake Päijänne. Would you believe that there was a regular bus service on this road?
The route description was created in the #Keski-Suomen retkeilyreitit maailmankartalle project, funded by Central Finland's Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
To experience the differences in altitude at Vaarunvuoret, take a stroll down to Lake Päijänne and back!
Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there may be some areas in Vaarunvuoret without signal.
Remember to take snacks and drinking water with you. There are no wells in the area.
In dry weather, you can walk the trail wearing ordinary running shoes as the wettest sections have duckboards.
Vaarunvuoret web pages (Nationalparks.fi)
The trail is also well-suited for beginners. The natural environment of Vaarunvuoret is also great for picking wild berries and mushrooms, within Everyman's Right.
The Vaarunvuoret parking area is by the Vespuolentie road (no. 610). Vaarunvuoret parking area location map
Coordinates: ETRS-TM35FIN N 6867757, E 432913, WGS84 LAT 61,93641 LON 25,72176.