Locations around Tampere for nature lovers

Tags: Forest

Author: Juliette Caillé

If you haven’t been to a hiking trail, you can’t say you’re living in Finland!

Hiking in close nature areas is the best way to get out of the daily rush while staying sustainable. Thinking of exploring local wonders before travelling kilometers away clearly helps reducing our carbon emissions, especially if we are using with low-emitters transports.

Lucky you, inhabitant of Tampere! The city is an amazing place to take a break in the nature. The location between two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, gives a wealthy and luxurious landscape. Forests, lakes, and other hiking trips are easily accessible, reachable from the city center, by feet, by bike or by bus. You can get clear explanations here, on Visit Tampere. Don’t hesitate to have a look and navigate; the touristic website of the city of Tampere is nicely made and will help you finding the best spots for nature trips.

Meanwhile, here are some of the easiest locations for Nature Lovers reachable in Tampere. This list isn’t exhaustive as they are plenty of possibilities in the region.
One of the easiest hiking areas you can reach from the city centre is Rauhaniemi forest. You can get there by taking bus number 2, directly in front of the city centre campus, or take a walk through the city. In Rauhaniemi’s area, you can find two public saunas, as well as a beach. You can rent canoes in the summer, ice-skates in the winter. For those who like hiking, there are plenty of hiking trails once you get into the forest. You can walk until a summer cottage resort offering coffees nearby a lake, called Niihaman Maja (about 5 km). There is even a community garden association in Niihama area. Please find all the resources at the bottom of the article!

From Tampere city, you can explore the famous Pyynikki nature reserve, and admire the second lake embracing Tampere, Pyhäjärvi. After enjoying the walk, you can rest while eating a doughnut in Pyynikintori’s coffee place. It is also possible to have a look on top of the observation tower and benefit from a special view. Once in Pyynikki, it is easy to visit the beautiful Pispala neighborhood, with its authentic colourful houses.

About 20 km north-east from Tampere, you can take bus number 28A or 90 from the bus stop Itsenäisyydenkatu 10 and drop off at Sorila. Then, a 3 km walk along Pulesjärventie will get you to great hiking trails, with beautiful lakes, in Kintulammi nature reserve. Amazing pictures guaranteed!

Hiking in Kintulammi © Juliette Caillé

Useful resources:
Niihaman Maja
Pyyniki area
Kintulammi nature trails