Take a stroll through the flying squirrels' forest and logging history. There are smoke sauna and traditional finnish evenings every Tuesday in Jätkänkämppä along the route.
On the Katiskaniemen kierto trail you will experience the countryside in the middle of the city. The trail runs through lovely landscapes of an old forest. Sitting on a beach cliff you can see the Puijo Tower, bridges of Saaristokatu road and the Keila canal.
The family-friendly 2 km long Katiskaniemen kierto follows the shores of Katiskaniemi, which is mainly a nature reserve. There are bird boxes hanging in the trees for the flying squirrels.
Halfway through the route you will arrive to Jätkänkämppä (jätkä = a lumberjack, kämppä = a lodge), which is an authentic lumberjack lodge from the 1950´s. The trail passes through the courtyard.
"Traditional public Finnish evenings" are organised Tuesdays around the year and in summer also on Thursdays at Jätkänkämppä. The programme includes bathing in the smoke sauna, live accordion music, singsong and a delicious evening buffet with traditional menus.
In the summertime there are also local cruises between Rauhalahti and the passenger harbour of Kuopio.
Duckboards, tree roots and stairs are slippery in wet weather.
In dry weather sneakers are enough, but in wet weather you should wear waterproof shoes. It is always good to take a water bottle with you.
More info about Jätkänkämppä and Spa Hotel Rauhalahti: https://www.rauhalahti.fi/en/
There is a sign to Rauhalahti both from the highway no 5 and from the center of Kuopio. When coming from the south, the Rauhalahti signs will be visible starting about 6 km before the center of Kuopio. Rauhalahti Spa Hotel is located about 5 km south of the city center. When arriving from South, turn to the right from the highway (to the left, if you arrive from North) to Rauhalahdentie-street for approx. 800 m. Turn to the left, to Kartanonkatu -street (there is also sign Rauhalahti), continue approximately 900 meters on this street. Turn to the right: Kylpylähotelli Rauhalahti. Drive straight on approx. 500 m to the hotel yard.
It is 23 km from Kuopio Airport and 6 km from the railway station / bus station to Spa Hotel Rauhalahti.
The parking lots for guests at Rauhalahti Spa Hotel are located at Katiskaniementie 8.