Isojoki is a village in the south-west of Seinäjoki.
With a population of 2,353 Isojoki is a small destionation. In terms of interest to travellers, it's mainly a good base to explore the nearby Lauhanvuori National Park.
Lauhanvuori National Park in Isojoki
In this region is located the “Lauhanvuori National Park”, established in 1982, also known as one of the highest spots in Western Finland. This outstanding place is 53 km2 and according to the guides it is growing, and more neighbor areas will become part of it in the near future. It is a very exciting place to visit. Most of this area was below the sea level after the Ice Age, except for the Lauhanvuori hill which lays 100 meters above the surrounding areas and it is over 230 meters above today’s sea level. It is very curious and interesting to see the differences on the species between this highest point, which still reflects the ancient landscape, and the rest of the park. The hilltop, which remained above the sea level, is today covered by exuberant mixed woodland, while the lower landscape, washed by the waves, is dominated by pinewoods. With only a few kilometers apart the difference is very noticeable. Here there is also a unique Stone Field (Kivijata), one of Lauhanvuori’s most popular places, which is spread 800 meters wide. It is a spectacular sight and there is a bridge that helps to walk over it and admire it from the inside. This phenomenon was created during the time changes, when the ice turned into water and removed all these stones. The deepness of the rock field is not known precisely, but investigators calculate that it is approximately 8 meters deep to the ground. The tower with a viewpoint in Lauhanvuori hill is another popular place to see. It has about 25 meters high and a view of 70 km far on each direction. The third big attraction is the Spitaalijärvi Lake, the biggest one and it is located in the heart of the park. It is a rainy area, with a lot of underground water and rivers with very clear and fresh water which are also running during winter even under -30 degrees. The National Park is absolutely the perfect place for nature lovers. Here is possible to go camping at the free camping areas and campfire sites. Also visitors can have extensive walks admiring the nature or biking and even picking wild mushrooms and berries, especially in the months of July and August. During the winter time the trails become perfect for cross country skiing. With over 30 km of wonderful trails it is not possible to have a lazy day. To walk and see the whole park it can take approximately two days or one day to see the most important spots.
Only 2 km away from Lauhanvuori National Park there is the Lauhansärvi and Kangasjärvi camping sites. This place is perfect for relaxation, recreation and enjoying nature from the first row. Besides camping site there is accommodation on very pleasant cottages in Lauhansärvi. This place is also perfect for celebrations and gatherings for leisure activities or companies. The area includes a restaurant with space for 100 guests, a variety of accommodation well equipped, several saunas, as well as different sized banquet and meeting facilities. Moreover, the Lauhastani Arena holds up to 200 guests. There are many saunas, located in the rooms and common places, including smoke sauna and dry sauna, as well as pit treatment saunas. Here is possible to relax and spend an unforgettable time with friends, meetings, surrounded by the outdoor life in western Finnish and the astonishing nature. The accommodation and services in Lauhansarvi are available for individual travelers and groups of different sizes. Cottages sized can go from 2 beds up to 10. Some of the activities available are mainly visiting the Lauhanvuori National Park, walk around the beautiful trails, 35 k for cross country ski, but the most important, to enjoy the priceless quietness of the area. Besides, there is a nice restaurant 2 km away, the Marian Luo, which is specialized on natural food, cooking without electricity. It is an interesting thing to try, although, the restaurant only accepts visitors with previous requests and booking. Contact number can be asked for at Lauhansarvi.
The restaurant and reception are open Tuesday - Sunday from 11 to 18. Address and contact information
Address: Lauhanvuorentie 490, 64900 ISOJOKI
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 040 825 8751
Address: Kangasjärventie 366, 64900 ISOJOKI
E-mail: kangasjä[email protected]
Telephone: 046 851 2732