Lake Vaskijärvi trail
This route is named after Lake Vaskijärvi, which the route encircles, and also the Vaskijärvi Strict Nature Reserve, with open expanses of marshland and patches of old-growth spruce forests pushing up through mineral soil. The route also takes in flat, rugged rocks covered in lichens with clumps of pine trees and stunning swampy ponds. The landscapes in the nature reserve are uniquely beautiful – in some places, it is hard to believe you are in Southern Finland at all. Due to the strict conservation order in the nature reserve, it is forbidden to deviate from the path. In the parts outside the nature reserve, the route traverses dry rocks and moorland, largely along forest roads. Outside the nature reserve, there are two resting places along the route. One is called Valastenmaa, and it has a fireplace, a picnic table shelter, a dry toilet and a firewood shelter. The other resting place is Vesiraumanmäki, which offers a lean-to shelter that is suitable for overnight stays. In addition to the basic route, it is also possible to follow an additional 2.5 km route around Lake Kajavanjärvi, which is characterised by flat rocky areas covered in grey lichens. The natural starting place for the 19 km route is the car park at Elijärvenkulma. The route has only minor elevation differences and is not particularly demanding in terms of physical fitness or hiking experience. Due to the length of the walk, it takes at least five hours to get around the route – more with long breaks. The safest way is to set out early in the morning to be sure of getting back by the evening. Jogging shoes are usually adequate on this route, but waterproof shoes are recommended in rainy periods. The route is not maintained during winter, and the car park at the starting point is not cleared of snow.
Starting point in the eastern part of the route at Honkilahdentie 303. Not accessible by public transport
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