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We absolutely loved our drive on the Punkaharju Ridge drive. There are pull-offs all along the route so you can get out and take fotos and see better. It is a beautiful drive. Reminds us of the Skyline Drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Full of fantastic trails around the crystal-clear bonds and lakes. This place is a must for people who enjoy nature, fresh air, forests, water, outdoor activities, countryside, cultural history. Amazing place.
The traditional way is to drive through the ridge with a car, motorcycleor bike. There are plenty of parking lots, but they might be occupied during the summer. The ridge is well maintained with exceptionally gorgeous pine trees.
This is one of the most beautiful scenery roads in Finland. It can easily be driven by car but there are also lots of places where you can park the car and take a short walk to admire the views more closely.
You can just drive thru the rigde, but I recommend that you park the car for a moment, and go for a walk, even if hiking is not your thing. Tall old pine trees, tiny flowers, and of course the lake Saimaa, you are only...More
This is the wonderful nature place, with recreation areas and tourist pathes.
There are parking places with viewpoints - you can stop the car and have a lunch.
There is also a place, where the part of Salpa defensive line is reconstructed.
We spent several hours in the area, stopping at different parking areas and walking some of the trails through the forest and by the lakes. Wonderful, peaceful, not crowded. Gives a great feel for the Finnish love of their lake district. Favourite area were walks...More
Punkaharju offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Finland: here the concept "the land of thousands of lakes" really starts to make sense. The area can be experienced by driving breathtakingly long roads on ridges almost too narrow to contain them. This is probably...More