Outdoor Trails and Nature Activities
Inspiring Loppi Nature The outdoor trails around Loppi take the traveller into the majestic nature of the Tavastia’s lake uplands. There are nearly 100 kilometres of marked trails. Loppi region is adorned by water courses of over 300 lakes and ponds within the vast forested landscape. Dry lingonberry plant-covered heathland ridges and rising water springs surrounded by fern groves can also be discovered in this region. The Poronpolku-event is organised for the last Sunday of September and joins local walking paths and bike trails for a total distance of 30 kilometres. The rambling day is one of the most popular ‘close to nature’ fitness events in Southern Finland. At its best the event attracts over 2000 people onto the autumnal trails. The Poronpolku trail can be used at other times besides the event day but will not have the deep water crossing facility provided. The trail system is marked with signposts and stamped signs. The Loppi municipality is a member of the Association of Häme Recreational Areas. The Association coordinates the maintenance and the development of the region’s outdoor trails. In addition to the traditional nature trails, there are opportunities for flying a glider at Räyskälä Sports Aviation Centre, rally driving, Enduro bike riding or even driving a tank! The lakes in Loppi offer great opportunities for paddle boarding and fishing. Here you can experience nature on land, on water and even up in the air! Fishing permits can be purchased from this website: www.kalastusalue.fi. There are plenty of horse related activities such as traditional horse riding and harness trotting, activities with Islandic horses and ponies and cowboy -style cattle herding rides.
Contents: Outdoor trails
Häme Ilvesreitti trail Kivisammaljärvi Luutaharju trails Melkutin loop Pääjärvi circular routes Exercise tracks
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Isokorkee campfire site Huhtala shelter Isosuntti shelter Kaartlammi campfire site Kurtlammi shelter Luutalammi campfire site Pääjärvi rest area Pilkutin shelter Kalamaja shelter Kivijärvi shelter Melkutin double lean-to shelter Melkutin batwing shelter Sähkönokka
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Punelia canoe route Canoeing on Kaartjärvi Kaartjoki canoe route
Bike trails Mountain biking Pikkupässi bike trail
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Swimming beaches Loppijärvi Ojajärvi Kesijärvi Laihua Kaartjärvi
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Keritty Heratus Laihua Kaartjärvi Loppijärvi Kesijärvi Punelia/Pikku Punelia
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Places of interest
Kyyniönlahti bird observation tower 33 Pirunlinna 33 Komionvuori 33 Isokorkea arboretum 33 Loppi Uupuneiden park 33 Haapastensyrjä arboretum 33
24 25 25 Pictures: DigiTrail, Kaisu Rissanen, Kari Paukola, Antti Törmälä
Häme Ilvesreitti Trail network The Ilvesreitti trail is a Tavastia Proper countywide trail network. It is aproximately 270 kilometres long and it links trails and paths into a network through the Tammela National Parks, Hämeenlinna Ahvenisto nature reserves, Riihimäki Riutta leisure park and via the scenic and recreational locations of Tavastia’s magnificent lake upland. The route is marked with lynx symbols and yellow markings. There are rest areas, which are equipped, for example, with lean-to shelters, campfire sites, picnic tables and benches and also areas for swimming. The trails around Loppi, which are part of the Ilvesreitti trail, include the Luutaharju Samo, Melkutin loops and Poronpolku trails. For further information on Häme Ilvesreitti trail www.hameenvirkistysalue.fi
Kivisammaljärvi At Kivisammaljärvi there is a 2,6 km trail circling the lake, which is connected to Keritty and then to Onkimaajärvi and Karkkila. It also leads to Melkutin and Kivijärvi. There are no designated rest stops or campfire sites. The nearest rest area is about 2,5 km away at Kivijärvi. Kivisammaljärvi is suited to canoeing and links by water to Keritty.
Map coordinates Kivisammaljärvi Pyhälammintie 667, Loppi 60° 41.9072' 24° 4.3188'
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Luutaharju trails Luutaharjun Samo is an approximately 6,5 km long circular trail starting from Komio Nature Reserve parking area. The trail has 16 information signs, which describe the area’s special features and diversity. The trail proceeds through wide-ranging landscape. The signs are displayed in a clock-wise fashion. The trail takes about 4 hours by foot. There are access points to the Häme Ilvesreitti and the Poronpolku trails. During the winter the area has a traditional cross-country ski track network. Starting points at Hirvenharjuntie 149 and Luutasuo 1. Map coordinates Luutasuo 1, Loppi (a parking area by the side of the Pilpala road). 60° 6621' 24° 3285'
Pikku-Samo is a shorter, approx. 3,5 km long, circular trail with a starting point at the Komio Nature Reserve parking area. There are 9 signs with information about the restoration methods used in the region’s esker forests and wooded wetlands. The trail meanders through easy terrain in an esker forest and, at some parts, across wooded wetlands. The signs are displayed in a clock-wise fashion. The trail takes about 4 hours to complete by foot. The nearest campfire site is less than one kilometre away from both the parking area and the trail start point. The 5 km trail, which leads around the Luutalammi is also worth exploring. The rest area at Samo has a campfire facility, a wood shed and a toilet.
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Luutaharju trail’s starting point parking area. Map coordinates Luutasuo 243, Loppi. 60° 40.629' 24° 18.236'
Melkutin loop At Melkutin, the trail circles the Iso-Melkutin lake in a loop and is approximately 5 km long. It is marked in blue. When starting from the Tauluntie parking area the trail is approximately 7 km long. Melkutinjärvi is wellknown for its clear waters. Melkutin area is suited both to canoe trips and mountain biking. In the north, the area links with Pääjärvi and to the south towards Kivijärvi and from there to Liesjärvi National Park and further towards Karkkila. Additionally, one trail leads to Loppi centre.
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There are two rest areas equipped with a campfire facility and a toilet. Map coordinates (parking area, Tauluntie 142) 60° 44.3304' 24° 5.7967'
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Pääjärvi loop trails
There are 1,5 km, 4,5 km and 7,5 km circular hiking trails. The trails are marked in yellow. The Pääjärvi area is suitable for canoeing and mountain biking. Motor propelled vessels are prohibited. There are two campfire sites, one of which has a lean-to shelter for overnight stays for 4-6 people. Two rest areas with a campfire facility and a toilet. Map coordinates Härkätie 1128, 14300 Hämeenlinna. 60° 47.5243’ 24° 5.0408’
All of these have a maintained ski track during winter
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Launonen exercise track , Ratatie 2,2 km. During the winter there is a maintained ski track which has lighting.
Läyliäinen exercise track, Vesikopintie 180 Summer route 1,2 km, 3 km and 6 km. Ski tracks 1,2 km (traditional and free-style, lit) and 5 km (traditional).
Isokorkee exercise track, Opintie 6 Summer route 1,5 km, 3 km, 4 km, 5 km Ski tracks (traditional and free-style) 1,5 km, 3 km (both have lighting), 4 km.
Loppijärvi, maintained traditional ski tracks on the ice in winter. Ski tracks 5-17 km depending on the starting point, which are: The municipal swimming beach, (Uimarannantie 34), Kyyniö inlet and Sajaniemi swimming beach (Sajatie 463).
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Isokorkee campfire site
Campfire site and a picnic table. A rest area by the Ilvesreitti trail.
The ‘tepee’ shelter is by the Ilvesreitti trail. There is a campfire facility, wood storage box and a toilet. The shelter is not suitable for sleeping. From here there is access to the Kalaton cabin and to the municipal centre.
Coordinates for the campfire site 60° 42.419' 24° 26.797'
The shelter’s map coordinates 60° 42.9512' 24° 20.8098'
Isosuntti lean-to shelter
Kaartlammi campfire site
The parking area for the shelter can be found by following the signs to the boat launching site. It is about a 1,3 km hike to the shelter. There is a campfire facility, a wood shed and a toilet and the shelter can accommodate 4-8 people for an overnight stay. The shelter can also be reached by rowing boat or by canoe. The walking trail is also suitable for mountain biking. Starting point for the Punelia canoe route.
The campfire facility is located on the east shore of Kaartlammi, by the side of the Kaartjoki -river canoe route. There is a wood shed and a toilet, but the wood is not provided. The place is meant primarily for canoeists and does not have a guided hiking trail. Coordinates for the campfire site 60° 44.5237' 24° 12.0560'
Parking area, Isosuntti, Talkalantie 153 The shelter’s map coordinates 60° 41.9808’ 24° 13.1218’
Kurtlammi lean-to shelter
Luutalammi campfire site
The Kurtlammi shelter is another stopping point in the Kaartjoki canoe route. There is a campfire facility, a wood shed, a toilet and a covered picnic area with table and bench sets. The place is meant primarily for canoeists and is not suitable for overnight stay.
The campfire facility is located on the south west side of Luutalammi, connected to the Komio area trails. Campfire site, a wood shed and a toilet.
Map coordinates at the road end 60° 44.3895' 24° 14.4490'
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Map coordinates for the shelter 60° 44.45' 24° 14.17'
Map coordinates for the campfire site 60° 40.8455' 24° 18.1407'
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Pääjärvi rest areas
Pilkutin lean-to shelter
There are two campfire sites at the Pääjärvi area. One of these has also a lean-to shelter, which can sleep 4-6 people. Both have a wood shed and a toilet. The campfire facility is located approx. 200 m from the parking area and to the lean-to shelter it is approx. 1 km. The campfire site is by the Ilvesreitti trail.
The shelter is located on the Pilkutin lake shore with a campfire facility, a wood shed and a toilet. There is also a good beach for swimming. The nearby trails rate as easy for hiking as well as for mountain biking.
Map coordinates for the campfire facility 60° 47.551’ 24° 4.860
Map coordinates for the shelter 60° 43.0508' 24° 13.6579’ Ple
Map coordinates for the shelter 60° 47.359’ 24° 4.647’
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Kalamaja lean-to shelt The shelter is located near the Kalamaja cabin by the Poronpolku trails. There is a campfire facility and the shelter is suitable for overnight stay. There is also wood for burning when there is no snow on the ground.
This batwing shaped shelter is located on the north shore of the Kivijärvi lake and has a campfire facility, a wood shed and a toilet. Overnight stay is possible for 2-4 persons. The shelter is by the Häme Ilvesreitti trail about 0,5 km walk from Pyhälammintie. There is a connection to Melkutin, Kivisammaljärvi, Keritty, Onkimaanjärvi and Liesjärvi National Park. Pyhälammintie 196, Tammela. By the border between Loppi and Tammela.
Hirvenharjuntie 129, Loppi Map coordinates for the shelter 60° 41.9951' 24° 16.1761'
Map coordinates for the shelter 60° 41.3115' 24° 2.8443'
Melkutin double lean-to shelters The campfire site and the shelters are located on the east shore of the Melkutin lake. The shelters can facilitate 8-10 sleepers. There is a wood shed and a toilet. Parking area Tauluntie 142 Map coordinates for the shelters 60Â° 44.2114' 24Â° 5.1815'
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Melkutin ‘batwing’ shelter The campfire facility and the shelter are located at the west end of the Melkutin lake. The shelter can accommodate 2-4 people for an overnight stay. There is a wood shed and a toilet. Parking area Tauluntie 142
Sähkönokka At Sähkönokka, there is a campfire facility, a wood shed and a toilet. The area has a swimming beach and a facility for launching a boat. Camping is prohibited. Sähkönokka is one of the Kaartjärvi canoe route’s starting points. Map coordinates 60° 44.0781' 24° 9.7029'
Map coordinates for the shelter 60° 44.3053' 24° 3.4918'
Symbolic plant The potato is a symbolic plant for Loppi. The potato is an identifying crop plant for the municipality for which Loppi is recognised throughout Finland. The Ice Age formed the Loppi soil favourably for potato growing. Its cultivation started in the 1770s.
Symbolic Bird The Loppi symbolic bird is the Arctic loon. The loon is a stately and a sizeable bird, which lives by the large clear watered lakes. The Arctic loon represents the Loppi municipalityâ€™s endeavours to take care of its lakelands and of all the environment as thoroughly as possible. The Loppi municipal council chose the Loppi symbols on 1.6.1998.
The Punelia canoe route is located in western Loppi and is approx. 10 km long. The route meanders on the Pikku-Punelia and Punelia lakes. Boat launching sites can be found at Takala (Takalantie 153) and the Punelia dam (Jokitie 228). Leaving Takala towards the south, the route takes you past the Isosuntti lean-to shelter, from there via the southern SelkĂ¤saari shelter to the Punelia lake and the Punelia dam, where there is a boat landing point and where the guided route ends. The waterways continue towards south to Karkkila, but due to the shallow rapids, it will require the canoeists to be experienced and competent. During windy weather the lake stretches can be challenging, then it is advisable to paddle near the shore. During dry seasons, the water level can be low, which in turn can make canoeing a bit more difficult in some river stretches. The route in total takes about 8 hours. The Pulelia lake canoe route goes by the Suntinniemi shelter and campfire site, Isusuntti. Another near-by rest area is at Pilkutin.
Punelia canoe route
The route is also suitable for beginners.
Canoeing on Kaartjärvi The Kaartjärvi is to the west of Loppi. There are boat launching sites at Vojakkala, (Vojakkalantie 166), Sähkönokka (Räyskäläntie 682) and Syvälahti (Räyskäläntie 850). Here you can paddle your canoe at your own speed appreciating the beautiful lakeland scenery. Kaartjärvi is linked to the Kaartjoki canoe route. During windy weather the lake stretches can be challenging, then it is advisable to paddle near the shore. The route is also suitable for beginners
The Kaartjoki canoe route is to the west of Loppi and depending on the starting point, is approx. 10-12 km long. The route heads from Kaartjärvi via Kaartlammi and Kaartjoki to Kalamylly by the side of the main road 54, this is the route’s end and a landing point. There are two rest areas along the route. The route doesn’t include demanding rapids nor long portage distances. During dry seasons, the water level can be low, which in turn can make canoeing a bit more challenging in some river stretches. Sähkönokka (Räyskäläntie 682) and Syvälahti (Räyskäläntie 850) are the route starting points.
Kaartjoki canoe route
The entire route takes approx. 4-6 hours. The Kaartjoki canoe route is suitable for different levels of skill, even though the bends in the river stretch require better canoeing skill levels.
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Mountain biking The Poronpolku route consists of varying lengths of mountain biking trails. The 5 km long Melkutin trail is an easy bike ride. The longest trails are in parts challenging due to the variable terrain. Some stretches of the trail follow forest roads, and to get onto the longest trails, you need to ride on a main road for a few kilometres, but the return route follows the Häme Ilvesreitti trail. Pirunkallio or Luutasuo parking areas are the recommended starting points. Rest points are at the Pilkutin shelter and the Luutasuo campfire site. Overnight stay is possible at Loppi Erähuvila, Räyskälä Suuri Huvila (Räyskäkä Grand Villa), Räyskälä Airfield motel and nearby holiday cottages (huvila.net). From Pirunkallio, it is a couple of kilometres to the Räyskälä village store (Räyskäläntie 481). Trails: 5 km, 13 km, 18 km, 24 km, 30 km and 55 km. The other outdoor trails are also for the use of mountain bikers. Trail maps www.jalki.fi/paikkakunnat/Loppi
Pikkupässi bike trail The Pikkupässi bike trail is 51 km long and it follows the old railtrack, which was built in the beginning of the 1900s between Hyvinkää and Karkkila. The trail runs in places on the embankment of the old railroad. The trail surface is gravelled in parts and can be ridden on an ordinary bicycle. This is a marked bike trail. The trail travels through varying rural landscapes, sometimes on the main road and other times on the bank of the old railroad. The trail, as well as the railroad embankment, run through Läyliäinen village. There are information boards at the old railway terminus and at the minor stations: Kytäjä, Linnamäki, Läyliäinen, Vaskijärvi and Hunsala, telling about the history of the railroad and of other areas along the railroad. A narrow-gauge railway was built in 1907 linking Hyvinkää and Kytäjä and the track was extended to reach Karkkila in 1911. The railroad was in use for 60 years until 1967. The locomotives, which pulled, and sometimes pushed the carriages, were called Pikkupässi, Little Rams.
More about the trail www.hyvinkaa.fi/pikkupassi1/
Loppijärvi Municipal beach, Uimarannantie 34 Gently sloping sandy beach with a jetty, beach volleyball court, a toilet, campfire site, play park, changing cabin.
Läyliäinen swimming beach, Paronmäentie 43 Gently sloping sandy beach with a jetty, changing cabin, a toilet.
Sajaniemi swimming beach, Sajatie 463 Gently sloping sandy beach with a jetty, changing cabin, a toilet, beach volleyball court, barbeque canopy.
Ojajärvi swimming beach, Ojajoentie 114 Clear water and gently sloping beach with a toilet and changing cabin.
Teväntö swimming beach, Kalamajantie 1413 A smallish sandy beach with a jetty, changing cabin, a toilet.
Salonkylä swimming beach, Syvälahdenpolku 7 Gently sloping sandy beach with a changing cabin, a toilet.
Launonen swimming beach, Suviniementie 206 Sharply inclined sandy beach with a jetty, a changing cabin, campfire facility and a toilet.
Sähkönokka boat haven, Räyskäläntie 682 A deep swimming place, depth at the end of the jetty 2m, with a campfire facility, changing cabin, a toilet.
Heratus swimming beach, Heratuksentie 92 A small, sandy beach area with a jetty, changing cabin and a toilet.
Vojakkala swimming beach, Vojakkalantie 166 A long-reaching, shallow, sandy beach with a jetty, changing cabin, a toilet.
Boat beaches Keritty 38
Myllykanava boat beach, Myllykyläntie 155 Gravelled, gently sloping boat slipway. Parking space for cars and trailers. 4hp maximum motor size on water.
Salonkylä boat beach, Syvälahdenpolku 7 There is no specific boat slipway on the beach. 10km/h maximum speed limit on water.
Sähkönokka boat beach, Räyskäläntie 682 Gravelled boat slipway. Parking area, campfire facility, a toilet. 10km/h maximum speed limit on water.
Vojakkala boat beach , Vojakkalantie 166 There is no specific boat slipway on the beach, motor size limit on water.
Heratus boat beach, Heratuksentie 92 There is no specific boat slipway on the beach.
Tevännön boat beach, Kalamajantie 1413 There is no specific boat slipway on the beach.
Municipal boat beach, Uimarannantie 34 Is suitable for boat launching and lifting with a trailer and has a concrete slipway. Parking space for cars and trailers. The use of jet-skis is prohibited. A toilet and a campfire facility.
Kulju boat beach, Pilpalantie 344 There is no specific boat slipway on the beach.
Kyyniölahti boat beach, Kyyniönlahdentie 72 There is no specific boat slipway on the beach, a toilet.
Läyliäinen boat beach, Paronmäentie 43 There is no specific boat slipway on the beach.
Sajaniemi boat beach, Sajatie 463 There is no slipway but a trailer can be reversed into the lake. A shallow beach with a toilet and a campfire facility.
Kettukallio boat beach, Nummisten myllyn tie 313 Coarse-gravelled, steep boat slipway. Parking space for cars and trailers. 10km/h maximum speed limit on water.
Launonen boat beach , Suviniementie 206 There is no specific boat slipway on the beach.
Punelia/Pikku Punelia Antintalo boat beach, Rautakoskentie 1410 There is no specific boat slipway on the beach. Takala boat beach, Takalantie 153 Gravelled slipway. Parking area, campfire facility, a toilet. There is a speed limit for motor propelled boats on the Pikku Punelia side.
There are sunken logs under water in Toivanjoki and Alasjärvi, therefore boating at one’s own risk.
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Loppi DiscGolfPark 18-hole DiscGolfPark is located in the Isokorkee area, near the schools, address Opintie 6. The course mainly consists of par 3 tracks. The terrain is rugged, the course is partly in a forest and in a park. The rather challenging tracks have height variations. The courseâ€™s highest elevations offer splendid views all the way to LoppijĂ¤rvi lake. The course is suitable for all skill levels. There is a rest area along the course. Parking place Opintie 6.
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Places of interest 54 Kyyniönlahti bird observation tow The tower is located at Isokorkee recreation area at the far end of Kyyniönlahdentie. From the tower you can observe the lakeland’s beautiful nature. The way to the tower is along the outdoor trail. Parking area Opintie 6 55 Pirunlinna Pirunlinna is an area of large glacial boulders grouped together during the later stages of the Ice Age to form a 10-metre high and 20-metre wide formation. Parking area Räyskäläntie 850 Map coordinates 60° 43.586’ 24° 10.769’
57 Isokorkee arboretum During the turn of the century an extensive arboretum was planted at the Isokorkee area. Many other tree species were planted to complement the area’s natural and already varied woodlands. Here the different tree species form their own groves and create a wonderful ensemble of Finland’s diverse tree species. Opintie 6. 58 Loppi Uupuneiden-puisto Around the same time a park, called Uupuneiden-puisto, was established near the Isokorkee area. Every spring an elected Loppi Uupunut, a ‘Loppi person of the year’, gets to plant his/ her own chosen tree sapling. Opintie 6. 59 Haapastensyrjä arboretum Many special species of forest trees have been planted here at Haapastensyrjä arboretum. President Urho Kekkonen planted the park’s ‘main’ tree in 1962. The park, which is in Läyliäinen, is maintained by Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke.
Places of interest
56 Komionvuori From the Komiovuori vista point, which is located along the Samo-trail, you can marvel at the majestic scenery of the Tavastia’s lake uplands.
Everyman’s right Everyman’s right gives everyone the chance to enjoy outdoor pursuits and the freedom to use the natural areas freely and without cost independent of who owns the land. While using the everyman’s right people are nevertheless not to cause a disturbance. These rights are partly regulated by law and some are based on the country’s customs and traditions.
You may • walk, ski or cycle freely in nature • camp out temporarily, for example in a tent but a reason able distance from homes • pick wild berries, mushrooms and flowers • fish and ice fish
You may not • cause disturbance or inconvenience • damage or fell trees • collect moss, lichen or woody shrubs • light campfires without permission • leave litter • drive motor vehicles off-road • disturb animals • fish with nets, traps, or a reel and lure without the relevant permission
Accommodation alternatives for the wilderness- minded Räyskälän Suuri Huvila (Räyskälä Grand Villa) offers accommodation for larger groups. Phone. 0207 300 888, email@example.com, www.evonluonto.fi Lopen Erähuvila offers accommodation to up to 20 people. Phone. 0207 300 888, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. evonluonto.fi Kalamajan kämppä (Kalamaja Cabin) has accommodation with bed linen for 10 people. Phone. 040 5061 402, email@example.com, www.lopensamoojat.net Räyskälän Ilmailukeskus (Räyskälä Sports Aviation Centre) offers motel accommodation. Phone. 0400 921 260, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rayskala.fi Marskin Majan Kelohuvila (Marshall Mannerheim’s Hunting Lodge) has room for up to 17 people. Phone. 040 548 0525 tai 040527 8087, email@example.com, www.marskinmaja.fi Holiday cottages for rent can be found at huvila.net
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