The must-see guide on what to do by Lake Tuusula (May-September)
Welcome to experience Lake Tuusula - both artist community and lovely outdoors. Whether you prefer to walk, cycle or drive, this itinerary will keep you busy from dawn till dusk for two full days!
Summer 2020 you can use Visit Lake Tuusula hop-on hop-off bus for transportation in the area. Please read more here.
Rise and shine – you have a busy day ahead of you! If you are staying in a hotel, we recommend you borrow a bicycle, as it is the easiest and ‘funnest’ transportation option! Make your way to Ainola, and stop en route to admire the lake. You may also use Visit Lake Tuusula hop-on hop-off bus, which operates during the summer months.
AINOLA - JEAN AND AINO SIBELIUS HOME
Ainola was the home of world-renowned composer Jean Sibelius and his family from 1904. This timber-built villa was designed by the famed Finnish architect, Lars Sonck. Its distance from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital gave the composer the peace and quiet he needed for his creative endeavours, while other artistic families living in the neighbourhood provided a lively social circle. Today, Ainola is an authentic home museum and open to the public during the summer (Tue – Sun 10 am – 5 pm).
Atmospheric summer café Vellikello is located in an old, beautiful granary near Ainola (10 minutes' walk). It sells home-baked cakes, pastries and pies-
KALLIO-KUNINKALA SUMMER CAFÉ
Organic summer café serves light lunches, pastries and cakes in atmospheric manor-like surroundigs. Distance from Ainola appr. 1,3 km & 15 minutes' walk.
A popular café in the attractive, blue Lotta Museum building on Rantatie museum road serves a simple Finnish home cooking lunch menu. The building stands in its own attractive garden and the museum is contained within.
Address: Lotta Museum, Rantatie 39, Tuusula, map
Telephone: +358 9 274 1077
Summer restaurant Mankeli is located in Krapi Farm right at the beginning of the Rantatie museum road. Though simple, the food is delicious and matched to the seasons. Eat inside or sit on the terrace.
The national, romantic-style log studio of the painter, Pekka Halonen was built at the turn of the 20th century on the shores of Lake Tuusula. Pekka Halonen was one of the most beloved artists of the ‘Golden Era’ of Finnish art, and he belonged to the versatile artist community of Lake Tuusula. Halosenniemi is now an art museum and it features the works of Halonen and other exhibitions showcasing works of his contemporaries and later generations. (Mon – Sun 11am – 6 pm).
ALEKSIS KIVI MEMORIAL COTTAGE
This is a tiny cottage and it reminds us of how Rantatie looked before famous villas were built and the artist community began to grow. The Finnish national writer, Aleksis Kivi spent his last months in the care of his brother’s family here.
Address: Rantatie 24, Tuusula, map
Telephone: +358 9 8718 3465, +358 9 8718 3469
Time for a relaxing stroll in Fjällbo Park close to Aleksis Kivi Memorial Cottage. Admire the views over the lake, and dip your toes in the water. This is the perfect place to reflect on the historical sights you’ve seen today. You can also dip you toes into the lake from new stylish pier.
Address: Aleksis Kiven kuja, Tuusula, map
Choose Finnish dinner buffet or from the á la Carte menu and take in the lovely manor-like setting of this old farm house. Fresh Finnish ingredients will convey the culinary story of Finland. Krapihovi has its own curehouse and bakery on premises.
GASTRO BAR SESONKI
Located in town of Järvenpää, this stylish yet laidback restaurant serves handcrafted food made with top quality ingredients, all reasonably priced. The dinner menu is created using the season’s best ingredients. Along with the a la carte they also serve a five course tasting menu. You may also want to pop into supermarket in the same building - it has been chosen as the best supermarket in the world.
Address: Helsingintie 41, Järvenpää, map
Telephone: +358 50 454 2715
Krapin Paja is popular music and event-based venue, located in Krapi Yard. Club evenings offer a variety of music whereas theatre and art events take place regularly: the perfect place to finish off your day amongst the locals!
Sarvikallio recreational area is located on the west shore of Lake Tuusula, and it can easily be reached by Lake Tuusula bus, bicycle - or by rowing boat (rental rowing boats are available from Hotel Gustavelund and Halosenniemi Museum). Rising 25 m above its surface, Sarvikallio cliff is the highest point along the shores of Lake Tuusula. You can either walk or cycle circular 3.4 km long route, which takes you to scenic lookout point & campfire site through woodland, lush groves and old forest landscape. The route begins and ends in the parking area.
If you didn't have packed lunch, by now you are likely to have a healthy appetite. The nearest restaurant Härmän Rati can easily be reached by Visit Lake Tuusula bus, car or bicycle (distance 5,3 km). Award winning organic lunch restaurant Härmän Rati serves reasonably priced traditional Finnish food made from locally produced ingredients.
Address: Vähäjärvenkatu 1a, Järvenpää, map
Telephone: +358 45 1064964
Email: info(at) harmanrati.fi
Now it's time to get closer to Lake Tuusula. You can rent SUP (Stand Up Paddle) boards, kayaks and rowing boats by Hotel Gustavelund's pier. Sightseeing cruises are also available for groups up to 12 people by pre-booking.
Address: Kirkkotie 36, Tuusula, map.
Telephone: +358 9 273 751
Some might prefer to stay indoors in Into á la Carte restaurant while others might be tempted to park themselves outside in the relaxed atmosphere of the lake-side, summer terrace. Here you can enjoy tasty BBQ food and salads while taking in the best views over the lake.
Restaurant Kerho is a unique restaurant, bistro and meeting facility set in old brick-built Army Officers’ Club. Tuck into tasty burger or enjoy season's best tasting menu. Vegan and gluten free options
Afterwards you may wish to soak up the lingering light of the long summer day and wander back to the lakeside. Across the tranquil lake you may discerne the call of the odd bird from the far shore. Perhaps you’ll see the sunset paint the sky and the lake in shades of red, orange and pink?