Hämeen Matkailu - Hämeenlinna page 14-15
housands of years ago, what is now Finland was covered by great glaciers. The effects of the Ice Age can still be seen in the mighty eskers and ridge formations that today are among the most typical features of landscape in Häme and around Hämeenlinna. In Hämeenlinna, you can walk in the footsteps of the ancient inhabitants of the area and travel along water routes that date back to the Stone Age. The versatile terrain of forests and bogs provides you with excellent possibilities for hiking and wandering in the wilderness, while the glittering Lake Vanajavesi lures fishers with the promise of a great catch. While enjoying the unique nature of the area, you will also become familiar with the culture and history of the region. It is no wonder that the composer Jean Sibelius was greatly inspired by his home town – the nature of Hämeenlinna is breathtakingly beautiful in every season.
THE NATIONAL URBAN PARK
The very first national urban park in Finland is located in the town of Hämeenlinna. The park provides the visitors with an ideal place to glimpse at the intellectual, economical and social development as well as the cultural trends in Finland. In a perfect balance, it brings together the stunning nature from the forest park of Aulanko, a lovely nature reserve, to the beautiful lakeside areas as well as varied human habitats from prehistoric sites to the mediaeval Häme Castle, old wooden houses and the old cloth factory Verkatehdas. As you travel along the winding routes, nature and culture – past and present – walk hand in hand right before your eyes. >> www.hame.fi
EVO NATURE AND HIKING AREA
The Evo area is one of the largest forest areas in the southern Finland. The versatile terrain splintered by small lakes and ponds and the esker landscape typical of Häme make Evo a perfect place for a fishing trip or spending a day or two hiking in the woods. The Evo Centre has an information desk where you can also rent canoes or book a sauna to relax after your outdoor activities. Evo provides the visitors with various accommodation possibilities ranging from tent and trailer accommodation to lumberjack’s cabins and nights spent in a lean-to in the middle of the woods. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from the centre of Hämeenlinna to Evo. >> www.hame.fi