If you want to take the Finnish nature a bit more seriously, head towards the Seitseminen national park, approx. 50 km to North West from Tampere. Grab a roadmap, hop in a car and steer towards Ikaalinen. You can reserve accommodation in the area too. You have many alternatives, a good choice being the Villa Markkola cottages in Kihniö. Or if you are interested in horses and don’t feel the need for luxury, consider the Luomajärven Hevoskievari horse inn. You won’t be disappointed!
The Seitseminen national park provides endless opportunities for rambling. There are more than 60 kilometres of marked trails, for walking, also with snowshoes, or cycling or skiing. You can trek for a couple of days and sleep in a lean-to shelter or tent, while cottages for hire suit anyone with a preference for sturdy walls. There are also places for campfires and water taps along the routes. So go to the forest to see the trees. And if it’s berry-picking time of year, take a bucket. Everyman’s right means you can pick wild blueberries, for instance; great eaten just as you find them or baked in a pie.
Seitseminen isn’t your only alternative. The Helvetinkolu gorge and clear-watered Helvetinjärvi (‘Hell’s lake’) in the Helvetinjärvi national park are excellent destinations for a small day trip, for example. Despite its name, Hell’s Lake is a ruggedly beautiful place. Especially Helvetinkolu, where you can take your time to marvel at the rocky monuments of the ice age. Helvetinjärvi is one of the top 10 national parks in Europe!