Activities in Seitseminen National Park
Seitseminen National Park offers unforgettable experiences and a range of activities in a stunning setting. Seitseminen Nature Centre provides information about the park's flora and fauna and the area's history, as well as tips on where to go and what to do. For a trip back in time, visit Kovero Crown Tenant Farm.
Parts of the park are closed to the public during certain times of the year. Please respect the signs!
Visit a Nature Centre
Seitseminen Nature Centre is an unbeatable source of information about the park. There are also two exhibitions about the area's versatile flora and fauna: Metsän Siimes (The Shelter of the Forest) and Metsäretki (Forest Expedition). The restaurant is a great place to end a day trip in the park.
Seitseminen Nature Centre is also a good venue for organising educational activities for children. Guided tours can be provided by the local entrepreneurs, and the auditorium can be hired for private use.
Visit a Heritage Farm
Kovero Crown Tenant Farm (in Finnish) takes you back to the 1930s. Native breeds of livestock graze in the nearby meadows, and herbs and other plants that were traditionally used for medicinal purposes grow in the kitchen garden. Guides are at hand to take you around the buildings and tell you about life on the farm in the 1930s. If you are coming with a group, it is best to book a tour in advance.
The farm is located in the western parts of the park along the Seitsemisentie road. The farm is open to visitors throughout the summer. There are no guided tours in the winter, but the country idyll is still there for visitors to explore on their own.
Learn in Nature
Ancient woodland and wetland smelling of wild rosemary make for an inspiring learning environment. The Nature Centre offers many services for school groups, and the park is a great destination for day trips and longer school excursions. Kortesalo farm can be hired for overnight use. The park's many trails and the Kovero Crown Tenant Farm are guaranteed to provide children with unique experiences and fun lessons in biology and history.
There are various entrepreneurs organising fun-filled and educational activities for school groups in the park. More information about learning opportunities and services for school groups are available from the Customer service of the Parks and Wildlife Finland, tel. +358 (0)206 39 5270, sisasuomi(at)metsa.fi.
- Geocaching: The park has multiple geocaches that add a sense of adventure to your visit to the park.
- Skiing: There are no maintained routes in the park but the park's hilly terrain, frozen lakes and mires provide skiers with plenty of variation and physical challenges. Watch out for thin ice! There are routes in Pakkulakangas and Multiharju that are also suitable for skiing, but please note that the restricted areas around Lake Iso-Seitsemisjärvi and Soljastensuo wetland are closed to the public from 1 April to 15 July.
- Fishing: There are no restrictions on hook and line fishing and ice fishing on the park's ponds.
- Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is another great way to enjoy the park's tranquillity in the winter. Snowshoes can be hired from local entrepreneurs.
- Nature Trails: There are three nature trails (1.5–2 km) that introduce visitors to the traces of the Ice Age, wetland ecosystems, the area's culture, and the secrets of ancient woodland.
- Pick Berries and Mushrooms: There are no restrictions on picking berries and mushrooms in the park.
- Canoeing: Lake Aurejärvi to the north of the park is ideal for 1–2-day canoeing excursions. Parts of the lake belong to a nature conservation area. Canoes can be hired from local entrepreneurs.
- Sights and Scenery: At Kovero Crown Tenant Farm you can step back in time and see what life was like in the area in the 1930s. The park's other treasures include an old logging cabin by Lake Pitkäjärvi (which can be hired for private use) and in Multiharju old-growth forest. Please stay on the marked trails!
- Walk on Marked Trails: There are four nature trails and a total of around 60 kilometres of signposted routes (6–17 km) in the park, with campfire sites scattered along the way. The woods around the Nature Centre and Kovero Crown Tenant Farm as well as parts of Soljastensuo wetland have routes that are suitable for wheelchairs and baby buggies.
- Mountain biking: There are about 40 kilometres of roads and paths suitable for cycling in the park. According to the rules of conduct, mountain biking is allowed only on routes marked on map for this purpose.
- Horse Riding: Horse riding is a great way to see the park from a different perspective.
- Guided group tours: Guides at Seitseminen Nature Centre and Kovero Crown Tenant Farm introduce visitors to the park's flora and fauna and the area's history. Guided tours can be booked in advance from the Customer service of the Parks and Wildlife Finland, tel. +358 (0)206 39 5270, sisasuomi(at)metsa.fi.
- Swimming: Swimming is allowed in all lakes and ponds in the park with the exception of parts of Lake Iso-Seitsemisjärvi between 1 April and 15 July. There are no official swimming spot or lifeguards in the area.
- Hiking: If you are looking for a longer hiking excursion, Seitseminen National Park's hiking trails are part of the extensive Pirkan Taival network (300 km), with routes leading all the way to Helvetinjärvi National Park. More information is available at Seitseminen Nature Centre.
- Voluntary Work: Volunteering is a great way to combine valuable work and spending time outdoors. There are many opportunities for volunteering in the park, and at several events every year.