Step into the village of bird painters and hike the scenery of the von Wright brothers' paintings on Haminalahti's cultural path only 15 km from Kuopio city center.
This 3,1 km long nature trail will take you to the the landscape of Haminalahti Manor.
Haminalahti is renowned as the village of bird painters. The artist brothers Magnus (1805-1868), Wilhelm (1810-1887) and Ferdinand (1822-1906) von Wright are from Haminalahti Manor. The home environment, the landscape and nature of Haminalahti, formed the basis of their art and range of subjects. The von Wright Brothers are especially known as bird painters, and as creators of scientific illustrations of flora and fauna.
The most famous view of the route is probably in the painting painted by Ferdinand von Wright in 1853 "Näköala Haminalahdelta" (View of Haminalahti). The painting was seen as a symbol of the Finnish landscape. Zacharias Topelius named the painting as the new verse of Finland's national anthem "Maamme laulu". In these landscapes, Ferdinand von Wright also painted Finland's most copied piece of art "Taistelevat metsot" (Fighting Capercaillies).
There are three marked viewpoints along the trail.
The route crosses the lively road Karttulantie. Take special care when crossing the road. Dogs must be kept on the leash. The route has stairs that are slippery in the rain. There are also big differences in altitude, which is why this hike is unsuitable for people in bad order.
Off-road footwear such as hiking boots or rubber boots are recommended.
From Aittokallionmäki you can see Haminalahti Manor, and from Suopellonmäki you can see the landscape of Haminavuori. Suopellonmäki also has a table and chairs for a snack.
Haminalahti Cultural Trail is located about 15 km from the center of Kuopio. The starting point of the route can also be reached by bicycle.
Driving directions to the point of departure from Kuopio: drive south from Kuopio (road 5) for about 7 km and turn right from Pitkälahti to Karttulantie (road 551). Drive 4 km and turn right to Länsirannantie (road 5550), drive 200 m and turn left to Leirikuja, drive 100 m and turn right to the parking lot. There is an information board about the cultural path at the parking lot.
There is a car park at the starting point, Leirikuja 13, 70800 Kuopio.