Summer

Happy days filled with sunshine and lots of activities in Parikkala! Here you can find information on the different types of recreational activities in the region. How about spending a perfect summer’s day at the beach swimming, sunbathing or playing beach volley? The lake Simpelejärvi and all other smaller lakes offer good possibilities for fishing, boating and canoening. Several hiking routes and nature trails lead the tourist to the forest to enjoy the peace of nature and the fresh air. For the more active ones we can offer longer hiking routes, so there are several possibilities to explore the beautiful scenery and landscapes. You are welcome to spend a relaxing or an active holiday, it is up to your own choice! In Parikkala, there’s plenty to do, see and experience for all age groups.

Beach volleyball

Beaches

Birdwatching sites

Parikkala is among the inland areas where the highest numbers of bird species are met each year. Nearly 300 bird species have been seen in the area. Every year over 10,000 tourists visit the birdwatching sites in Parikkala. The most popular and famous of these sites is Siikalahti wetland which has also gained international recognition.

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Information on birdwatching possibilities in Parikkala.

Cycling

Disc Golf

Fishing

Geocaching

Hiking Routes

The lush green forests, clear waters and the landscape sculpted by the Ice Age offer magnificent views and experiences for the hikers and nature lovers. Altogether Parikkala offers 80 kilometres of hiking routes and nature trails. All trails are marked in the ground or trees in the forest, and there are rest areas alongside the trails. The versatile Finnish nature opens along the routes: ridges, thickets of spruces, forest ponds, quiet sand roads and lush wetlands will accompany you in Parikkala. The lakes offer great possibilities for canoeing, fishing and boating. In the winter, there are excellent opportunities for practicing cross-country skiing.

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Horse Farm Pomppivan ponin ratsutila

Horse riding

Kids’ Bible Park

Marketplaces

Mushroom picking

Parikkalahalli Indoor Sports Centre

Parikkalan Paintball

Sports fields

Tennis

Wild berries