Landscapes around the beautiful Lake Vesijärvi vary from farmland to forest areas and charming small villages. There are comfortable accommodation options and nice sights along the tour. It’s worth to take a break to admire the Middle Aged stone Church in Hollola, stop for a coffee at beautiful Vääksy canal and visit Päijännetalo exhibitions until it’s again time to continue towards idyllic countryside. Tour can be finished at Lahti harbour with its several cafes and summer terraces.
- Duration: 2-3 days
Lahti – Messilä 8 km
Messilä – Vääksy 45 km
Vääksy – Lahti 32 km
This popular cycling tour starts from Lahti following the shores of Lake Vesijärvi along quiet cycle tracks. The naturally beautiful Myllysaari island is a good place for a first break.The cycle track continues to Messilä Holiday Centre, where it’s hard to resist to take a swim on the beach on a beautiful summer day.
After Messilä the route continues along the edge of the road until Kurhila village where you can find a cycle track again. The sights on this part of the route include the majestic medieval stone church of Hollola, Kiikunlähde spring lake in Uskila and Hammonjoki river fly-fishing area. You can visit Kiikunlähde spring by taking a detour of approximately 2 km from the intersection of Isomyllyntie and Hatsinantie. Route continues along the edge of the winding road to Kurhila, where is a cycle track following the road in beautiful countryside landscape.
After crossing the road 24 there is a sand road from Kurhila to Asikkala church. From here to Vääksy there is again a good cycle track. Vääksy is located in the isthmus between two big lakes, Päijänne and Vesijärvi, in the historical and charming landscape of Vääksy canal. Besides the canal, Vääksy is known from its cafés and small shops, offering a great surroundings for a break.
Route continues along the edge of the road through the most beautiful countryside. At Vesivehmaa the fields come down to the side of the road 24 going to Lahti. There is a cycle track following Vesivehmaantie road to the intersection of road 24. The landscape is characterized by the variety created by mounds and valleys. Finland’s National Board of Antiquities has classified the area as a nationally significant built environment.
After crossing road 24, the route continues along the side of the road through charming Paimela, where you can see lake Vesijärvi on the background of beautiful countryside landscape. From here the route follows the shores of Vesijärvi through residential areas. The route passes the Historical Mukkula manor and its gardens. From Mukkula, the trail returns to the starting point through cycle tracks and Lahti harbour.
Good to know
Vesijärvi tour is excellently suited for all who want to try out cycle touring. It’s also suitable for families with children. The route from Lahti to Messilä runs entirely on cycle tracks. On other sections route follows variably the side of the route or cycle tracks. The traffic on the roads is light. The elevation does not vary much, although there are a few steeper hills along the way. The road surface is tarmac except on the 4 km long section between Kurhila and Asikkala church, where is a sand road.
To start the tour
Lahti bus station Jalkarannantie 1 15110 Lahti N60 59.069 E25 38.976