What to do in Central Finland during summer?

Hey, dear student or a graduate, you are planning to spend your summer in one of the most beautiful regions in Finland? Here are a few tips on what you might find interesting and also useful to occupy your spare-time.

In the Talent Boost we consider that that a great part of successful integration and academic development is a cultural and recreational awareness about the region and the country.

View of Jyväskylä from Harju

Culture:

Central Finland has a lot of museums, installations and activities that are easily accessible and will allow you to learn more about the culture.

Jyväskylä:

  1. Museum of Central Finland – a great museum with installations about history of Jyväskylä and central region from the ancient times to the modern time: https://www.jyvaskyla.fi/en/museum-central-finland/welcome The museum has English guides and instructions.
  2. Crafts Museum of Finland – the museum is situated right in the city center and has a great permanent exhibition about the Finnish traditional crafts and costumes: https://www.craftmuseum.fi/en
  3. Säynatsälo Town Hall is outside of Jyväskylä, but accessible by Linkki bus. During summer the Hall has guided tours also in English. There you can learn about the most known architect in Finland, and the most potent Finnish design style: https://www.alvaraalto.fi/en/location/saynatsalo-town-hall/#
  4. Jyväskylä University Museum – learn about the education in Finland, the establishment of first schools and a university in Jyväskylä: https://tiedemuseo.jyu.fi/en
  5. Jyväskylä Natural History Museum, you can öearn about the nature and wildlife variety of Central Finland: https://tiedemuseo.jyu.fi/en/natural-history-museum
  6. Tikkakoski Finnish Air Force Museum: you can learn about the history of aviation in Finland: https://airforcemuseum.fi/
  7. Kivikauden kylä – the nature park with the historical objects, interactive activities, installations and hiking possibilities. Possible to get by bus from Jyväskylä: https://www.visitsaarijarvi.fi/nae-ja-koe/kivikauden-kyla/

Note! Every city of Central Finland has a small museum and something interesting and unique to discover so some times you can check from the internet about the locations to visit in different municipalities.

Nature:

  1. Leivonmäki National Park – huge nature area good for picnic and hiking, accessible by bus from Jyväskylä : https://www.nationalparks.fi/leivonmakinp
  2. Konnevesi National park: https://www.nationalparks.fi/southernkonnevesinp
  3. Keuruu city walk – old type train station, old church, the old town, park. The city is about 40-50km away, available both by bus and train: https://www.keuruu.fi/
  4. Tourujoen Luontopolku nature walk in the midst of Jyväskylä: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g189942-d12544121-Reviews-Tourujoen_Luontopolku-Jyvaskyla_Central_Finland.html
  5. Nyrölän luontopolku nature walk close to the main city area: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g189942-d12517338-Reviews-Nyrolan_luontopolku-Jyvaskyla_Central_Finland.html
  6. Lake Päijanne cruises: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g189942-d1225887-Reviews-Lake_Paijanne_Cruises-Jyvaskyla_Central_Finland.html

Sports:

  1. Tavinsulka Canoe Day Tours: https://www.discoveringfinland.com/destination/tavinsulka-canoe-tours/
  2. Jyväskylä Karting Center: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g189942-d7198910-Reviews-Jyvaskyla_Karting_Center-Jyvaskyla_Central_Finland.html
  3. Sup Surfing: https://gr8wake.com/
  4. Other sporting possibilities: https://www.jyvaskyla.fi/en/culture-and-leisure/sports-and-recreation

There is plenty more activities available in the city, some of them in English – you can google TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g189942-Jyvaskyla_Central_Finland-Vacations.html

You can find more information also on the website of Visit Jyväskylä, or by googling some key words.

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