Kelvenne is a ridged island in the Päijänne National Park, through which a hiking trail passes. Kelvenne was formed after the Ice Age and, as a result, it has beautiful coves with sandy beaches. The kettle lake in the middle of the island is another reminder of the Ice Age.
- Duration: Approx 4 h
- Trail markings: The trail is marked with blue markings
- Suitability: Also suitable for families with children. Short, steep rises at places and some rocky sections on the path.
The path runs from one end of the island to the other on top of high ridges. You can start the trail either at Kirkkosalmi at the southern end of Kelvenne Island, or at Likolahti at the northern end. There are several rest areas with campfire sites along the way, and there is a kettle lake formed by the Ice Age in the middle of the island. Along the trail that passes through a dry heath, there are also small pine bogs filled with the scent of marsh tea, and deciduous trees growing on the beaches. You can also spend the night on Kelvenne, because the island has three camping sites.
Good to know
You can take a canoeing trip to Kelvenne. You can rent a canoe at the canoeing centre in Mainiemi, Padasjoki. Another wonderful way to visit the Päijänne National Park is to take an inland cruise. There is a café and restaurant at the Padasjoki Guest Harbour, which is open all day during the summer season. You can reach the start of the trail during summer either by the ship M/S Elbatar, a boat taxi or your own boat.
The elevation changes on the trail and the rocky path will slow your passage in some places. The steepest sections are short. There are several campfire sites along the way, located at regular intervals. The campfire sites have firewood and toilets.
To start the trail
You can reach the starting point with M/S Elbatar ship, boat taxi, own boat or by canoeing. Starting point in Southern point at Kirkkosalmi N61 19.723 E25 27.122 and in northern point at Likolahti N61 23.633 E25 26.661