Sysmä, Päijätsalo trail, 4,2 km


4.2 km


The Päijätsalo Hiking Area is one of the most popular locations for day trips in Päijät-Häme. You can start the trail at the Päijätsalo car park in Sorolantie Road, or at Pyydysniemi, where you can combine the hike with a boat trip using your own boat or taking a boat taxi from the Padasjoki Guest Harbour.

  • Duration: about 2 h
  • Trail markings: The trail is marked with blue markings. Roughly one kilometre after the start of the trail, the trail markings are red for a short time. The signs at some of the crossings are worn.
  • Suitability: The section following the shoreline is fairly easy to navigate, and the changes in elevation are gentle. The rise to the observation tower is steeper.

Trail description

From the car park, the trail goes towards the shores of Lake Päijänne through the forest. The path follows the shoreline closely. There is a campfire site and a pier for swimming at Cape Pyydysniemi. After Cape Pyydysniemi, you continue on the path along the shore. The hikers can decide along the way if they also want to visit the Päijätsalo observation tower in the middle of the island. The trail rises up somewhat towards the observation tower, but offers an impressive view over the forest and lake scenery of Päijätsalo and Lake Päijänne.

Good to know

There is one campfire site with a firewood supply along the way. There is also a toilet at the campfire site. You can reach the western starting point of the trail in Cape Pyydysniemi during the summer either with your own boat or by boat taxi from the Padasjoki Guest Harbour.

Difficulty level

You can combine the trail with paths in the middle of the island as well as the climb up to the observation tower to make the trek longer and more challenging. The trail is also suitable for training shoes, but hiking shoes are sturdier in the rocky areas. There are information boards at both of the starting points of the trail.

To start the trail

You can only reach Cape Pyydysniemi by water. Cruise services are offered by M/S Elbatar and guided tours to Päijätsalo are organised from Päijänne House in Asikkala

By car:
Sorolantie car park
Sorolantie 28
19700 Sysmä
N61 29.046 E25 35.043

By boat:
N61 28.925 E25 33.659


  • There is an observation tower along the trail with an impressive view over the largest section of open water in Lake Päijänne
  • Päijänne National Park
  • The diverse trail passes along the shores of Lake Päijänne and through forest in the interior of the island


Photo gallery of Päijätsalo hiking trail:

Maps & guides

Download a printable pdf leaflet with a map:

Paijatsalo trail


Outdoors Finland mobile app (in Finnish only)


Majatalo Kivitatti

Tervalepikön Torpat


Hiking Services

Guided cruises during summertime from Pulkkilanharju. Additional information from Asikkala tourist information: +358 388 866 80, +358 447 780 701 or


Päijätsalo Hiking trail in Outdoors Finland’s facebook page

M/S Elbatar. cruises to Päijänne National Park