This cycling route combines wonderful historical and cultural sights and views with resorts from the Finnish industrial era in Riihimäki, Hämeenlinna, Valkeakoski and Tampere. The route from Hämeenlinna via Iittala and Sääksmäki to Valkeakoski has been chosen to one of the most beautiful in Finland.
Helsinki-Tikkurila 23 km
Tikkurila-Järvenpää 23 km
Järvenpää-Riihimäki 40 km
Riihimäki-Hämeenlinna 46 km
Hämeenlinna-Valkeakoski 62 km
Valkeakoski-Tampere 43 km
The first part of the tour follows along the idyllic Vantaanjoki River towards via Tuomarinkylä Manor further to the Helsinki Parish Village. The church in the area and its milieu are part of the best preserved parish village milieu in Southern Finland. Along the river to the centre of Tikkurila there is the Heureka, The Finnish Science Centre with interactive scietific and technological exhibitions. On the route to Järvenpää the area of Tuusulanjärvi is renowned as a popular residential choice for artists, going back for centuries.
In Kellokoski the landscape of the ironworks area of Mariefors is one of the best integrated and most beautiful memorials of the Finnish iron industry. Further en route in Hyvinkää the Old Wool Factory and the Finnish Railway Museum go back to the late 19th century. In Riihimäki, Hyttikortteli, a housing area constructed around the glass factory and Finnish Glass Museum are definitively worth a visit. The route via Tervakoski and Janakkala continues in rural scenery, surrounded by rivers and lakes until we reach the city of Hämeenlinna. Composer Jean Sibelius’ birthplace, the Häme Castle and Aulanko offer something for every taste.
In Parola Tank Museum the war history is displayed in many ways. Further in Iittala the Finnish glass manufacturing traditions are presented together with the modern glass design. The leg from Iittala via Sääksmäki and Rapola to Valkeakoski is one of the most beautiful in Finland. In Valkeakoski Finnish industrial history is exhibited at Myllysaari Museum. The rest of the tour goes first in forests before entering in Tampere where the is an abundant amount sights: museums in premises of Finlayson and Vapriikki, the area around Tammerkoski rapids, Pispala and Pyynikki ridges are all worth of visiting.
Good to know
The route is suitable for beginners and families with children as it runs mainly on cycleways. There are plenty of stops on the way, the terrain is flat, and the daily distances are not very long. The route offers plenty of accommodation options, and nature and destinations suitable for children.
To start the tour
This tour is easy to start outside the capital area from Järvenpää, Hyvinkää, Riihimäki or Hämeenlinna since those towns can be reached by commuter trains. You may ease off some of the longest legs by using the train, too.