Southern Finland, Kanta-Häme Region
The destination is managed by Metsähallitus.
Visitors to Korteniemi will learn about everyday life at a forest ranger's estate in the 1910s. The area's cultural landscape is maintained at the farm through traditional farming methods.
The grounds, including the buildings, gardens and crops of the former forest ranger estate, have remained almost unchanged for over a hundred years. During summer, life on the estate is very much like it was in the 1910s.
During summer the farm is home to indigenous Finnish farm animals: horse, cows, sheep, chickens and a rooster. Old traditionally Finnish crops are farmed in both the estates gardens and fields by traditional methods. Rye is cut with scythes, dried on racks and threshed with flails in the drying barn.
The purpose of this heritage farm is to preserve the cultural landscape, old buildings and species reliant on cultural heritage, as well as, to preserve folklore.
Today, Korteniemi is the only forest ranger estate maintained by Metsähallitus in Southern Finland, where the buildings and grounds have remained an intact entirety. Metsähallitus commissioned reports on both the history of the estate and the ways land was used in olden times, and on the basis of these reports a care and management plan was drafted in 1997 for the heritage farm.
Visiting Korteniemi Heritage Farm is free-of-charge. Themed tours for groups are available for a fee. We ask that groups inform the farm of their arrival in advance.
Directions and Maps
For directions to and information on public transportation to Korteniemi Heritage Farm see Liesjärvi National Park's directions and maps page.
- A voyage back in time to what life was like a hundred years ago.
- A tour of the heritage farm.
- Guided group tours available during summer. Guiding will be reserved in advance from Metsähallitus Customer Service hame(at)metsa.fi or +358 206 39 4630.
- Information on Liesjärvi National Park and its surrounding areas.
- An old smoke sauna which can be reserved from spring to autumn from Metsähallitus Customer Service hame(at)metsa.fi or +358 206 39 4630. The smoky steamed sauna can seat even a larger group.
Visitors are welcome to partake in the farm's daily chores, as well as work days during which the whole community helps out at the farm or take part in work demonstrations, on which you can get more information on from Häme Nature Centre.
During summer the farm is home to indigenous Finnish farm animals: horse, cows, sheep and chickens and a rooster. Old traditionally Finnish crops are farmed in both the estates gardens and fields by traditional methods. The beautiful Maiden Pink has benefited from animals grazing in the area and people cutting down meadows and its habitat has grown little by little.
The barn at Korteniemi, which functions as an information point, is the starting point for both the 1,5 km long Ahonnokka Nature Trail into old-growth forest, as well as marked trails into Liesjärvi National Park.
Services for School Groups
The farm organises themed guided activities for school groups, which are geared to the season they are held in and support the school curriculum. During these children learn about traditional handicrafts, farming and secrets of old-growth forests.
Services for the Disabled
- There is a parking area about 200 metres from Korteniemi Heritage Farm, from which visitors can access the grounds by wheelchair, but we recommend that those with wheelchairs have an assistant with them. Disabled visitors may also drive their cars right up to the grounds.
- There is a dry toilet for the disabled at the parking area.
- The farm house is accessible by wheelchair, with some assistance. We ask that disabled visitors inform the farm of their arrival in advance.
This is the webpage www.nationalparks.fi/korteniemi