Things to Do and See in Syöte Visitor Centre

In the foreground, a wood-coated interior wall with two circular signs. A person stands in the background.


  • The Tales from the Backwoods exhibition presents the natural features and history of Syöte National Park.
  • Temporary exhibitions change roughly every three months.

Guided Group Tours

Please book guided tours in advance. Guided tours cost 50€/hour/group. The sessions are free of charge for groups of day care children, pupils and students.  

Indoors and at the Tales from the Backwoods Exhibition

  • Exhibition tour guided by Maija or Reete from the Rytivaara Crown Tenant Farm
    • Suitable for all ages.
    • The tour includes a showing of the films Syöte National Park – Forest Wilderness as well as Life in a Forest Cabin.
    • Duration about 1 hour.
  • Navigation with the help of photographs
    • Suitable for pupils. A fun and educational way to explore the exhibition.
    • Duration about 0.5 hour.
  • The  Red-Flanked Bluetail's Hobby Crafts Session
    • The participants use recycled and natural materials to make seasonally relevant items.
    • Duration 0.5-2 hours.


  • Naavaparta Trail
    • A guided excursion along the Naavaparta Trail. The participants explore the natural features and species by familiarising themselves with the tales of Naavaparta ("the bearded old man"). You can stop for a snack break at Annintupa Day Trip Hut. The excursion can also be made in winter.
    • Length 3 km, duration 2-3 hours.
  • Salojen siivekkäät Trail
    • A guided excursion along the Salojen siivekkäät ("Wingbeats in the wilderness") Trail. The participants explore the life of stationary birds in the ancient forests of Syöte. A snack break can be taken by the visitor centre's lean-to shelter, where the trail ends.
    • Length 0.5 km, duration 0.5-1 hours.
  • In the Home Forest of Pytho kolwensis
    • On this excursion, nature is explored by using different senses: watching, listening and smelling.
    • Carrying out tasks involving nature and the environment in the home forest of the Siberian flying squirrel: a terrain-map game, natural shades of colour and looking at the forest through a small magnifying glass.
    • Duration 0.5-3 hours.
  • The Siberian Flying Squirrel's Frisbee Golf Competition
    • The participants do the frisbee golf course and, at the same time, explore the natural features of Syöte National Park by carrying out some tasks.
    • Length 2 km, duration 2-3 hours.

Films on a large screen

  • Children's film festival weeks during the schools' annual skiing and autumn holidays.

A Play Corner for Children

The children's play corner has nature-themed books, games and tasks for children. At the Tales from the Backwoods exhibition, you can help Pekka Pöllö the owl find his lost friends. School-aged children can also navigate the exhibition with the help of photographs.

Trails Connecting the Visitor Centre

  • The Salojen siivekkäät ("Wingbeats in the wilderness") Nature Trail circles the visitor centre (0.5 km). The trail ends by the lean-to shelter in the visitor centre's yard.  
  • You can set off for the Naavaparran polku Nature Trail (a 3-km circular trail) from the visitor centre.

Outdoor Etiquette

A cartoon picture of a family walking on a summer path.

1. Respect nature.

2. Mainly use marked trails.

3. Camp only where it is allowed.

4. Light your campfire only where it is allowed.

5. Do not litter.

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