Cycling

Take your bicycle out and enjoy the ever-changing rural sceneries while cycling on roads, cycleways and forest paths! In Parikkala it is easy to admire the lake scenery and to cycle around the numerous lakes, for example, lake Simpelejärvi. Parikkala is also en-route to the EuroVelo 13 Iron Curtain Trail that is part of the European wide network of cycling trails. More information on the EuroVelo 13 trail: http://www.eurovelo13.com/

In Parikkala there’s plenty of roads, paths and terrains for all cyclists. You can enjoy the idyllic village sceneries and beautiful lake views while cycling through the area, for example, via the E10 European long distance path from Uukuniemi to Oronmylly. The following cycling routes are very popular:

Siikalati cycling route
Relatively easy route, approx. 15 km, runs on a paved road around Siikalahti wetland. Mostly even surface and beautiful open landscapes.

Simpelejärvi cycling tour
Demanding route in a versatile and alternating landscape, runs around lake Simpelejärvi. Length approx. 54 km, partly on gravel roads.