Experience nature in the stirring natural surroundings of Himos-Jämsä. Come and be amazed by natural features that were shaped by the ice age and by the valuable nature conservation areas. Jämsä, Himos and Päijänne warmly welcome visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of Lakeland Finland.
Isojärvi National Park offers peaceful forests and lakeside landscapes. Jämsä is also home to unique and impressive natural features – the very best of nature’s works of design. Come and be enchanted by nature as you explore the imposing gorges, verdant gullies and foaming rapids. These natural sights are waiting for the adventurers to arrive!
The wild rushing rapids of Juvéninkoski are located in Partala, Jämsä. The water surges over the sheer rock face, forming a spectacular waterfall. Juvéninkoski is on the Nytkymenjoki River, which has a total of nine rapids. Juvéninkoski is the most impressive of these. The gorgeous waterfall is nearly seven metres in height. You simply cannot miss the highest and steepest free-falling waterfall in Central Finland.
Make tracks for Central Finland’s finest gorge lake, which is located in Jämsä. The majestic rock faces along the north shore extend for kilometres. Worn down into a gorge by a glacial river, this is an important landscape and geological site. Ruuhijärvi is an 800 metre long and 50 metre wide humus-rich ravine lake, whose entire north shore is lined by a sheer rock face. The north face can reach heights of up to 40 metres, with the watershed continuing at both ends of the gorge.
Isojärvi National Park
Central Finland’s most impressive dry-land gorge watershed beckons the adventurous to explore its rock formations and caves. Located in the southwest corner of Jämsä, this protected nature reserve covers an area of four hectares. The bedrock in the area is an over 1,800 million-year-old abyssal granite slab, that forms the dividing line between an ancient fjord and the granite plate of Central Finland.
Synninlukko is a stunning gorge valley between Jämsänkoski and Jämsä, 7 km from the Jämsä city centre as the crow flies. This breathtaking, shady gorge valley is 50 metres wide and 10-20 metres deep, surrounded by sheer rock faces. The area is protected for its lush, deciduous vegetation. Rare plants, such as the protected drooping woodreed, also grow here. The wet mire areas are spring-fed.
This enormous glacial erratic, known as ‘Giant’s Rock’, is located in Jämsä near Kuorevesi Church. Giant’s Rock is an impressive, protected natural site. This massive boulder is 4-5 metres in height and some 6 metres in diameter. The large erratic is surrounded by thick forest. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind sight!
In the Jämsänkoski region of Central Finland can be found a number of ravines that are rich in wildlife and plant species. So why not take a trip to admire these verdant nature sites? Ravines are steep-sided spring channels that have been carved out by the flowing water. These thin channels were created during the cool phase of the ice age melting period, when the meltwater cut deep channels into the soft gravel at the edge of the ridge plateau. The continual changing of the ravines can also be explained by ice age conditions.
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You can take wonderful hikes in Jämsä’s hilly and forested terrain. You can move freely along the local forest tracks, use orienteering maps to plan your own trekking route, or safely go hiking along the marked hiking routes. The beautiful and verdant forests and the impressive terrain invite you to set out hiking – trekking and relaxation come naturally among the murmuring forest breezes.Read more
It is worth coming to the Jämsä region to admire to splendid birdlife. The birdwatching sites in the area, with their great variety, offer the very best of the region. The most well-known of Jämsä’s birdwatching towers is the one located in Lokalahti, Kaipola. From there you can spot many different bird species. The other birdwatching towers on offer are Alhojärvi, Juokslahti and Olkkolanlahti. At Tuuralampi, you can observe the birdlife from a viewing platformRead more
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Enchanting nature, impressive terrain and sparkling waters – the Jämsä region offers all kinds of nature experiences. Himos, Päijänne and Isojärvi National Park warmly welcome tourists to enjoy the natural beauty of Lakeland Finland.Read more