• Pulkkilanharju 

  • Pulkkilanharju 

  • Pulkkilanharju 

Pulkkilanharju Nature Trail 4,4 km

This easily accessible day-trip trail in Pulkkilanharju, in the heart of the Päijänne National Park, offers lovely lake views and esker terrain shaped by the Ice Age. Already when arriving to the trail, You get to enjoy the Finland´s most beautiful scenic route already when arriving to the trail.


Lenght:  4,4 km

Trail marking:  Painted blue marks

Difficulty:  Easy

Altitude difference  20 m

Duration:  1-2 h

Starting point:  Karisalmi parking area, Pulkkilantie 955, Asikkala N61 17.687, E25 32.082


A circular trail on the Pulkkilanharju esker, very close to Lake Päijänne.The trail starts from the Karisalmi bridge’s parking area andhas a well-maintained path passing through beautiful esker and lakelandscapes. You can walk either the 2.2 km nature trail, or the wholetrail of about 4.4 km. The trail crosses a few other paths and forestroads, where you should pay attention to blue painted marks on thetrees to stay on the right trail. At a brisk pace, the trail can be completedin less than one hour, but those who like to take their time,read the nature trail information boards and thoroughly enjoy thescenery, can spend a couple of hours on the trail.


There are duckboards on the damp sections of the trail. The terrain is
mainly easily passable, and so the trail is rated Easy. The trail can be
walked in running shoes.

Good to know

The trail is relatively short, so the service facilities are limited; thereis no campfire site along the trail. The nearest toilet is in the Karisalmiparking area. There is also a kiosk in the parking area that’s openduring the summer. The nearest shops and other services can be foundin Vääksy or Kalkkinen.

Accessing the starting point

Pulkkilanharju can be accessed from Vääksy and Sysmä via road 314by bike, car or bus. There is a pedestrian and bicycle route from Vääksyto Karisalmi.



1.  Esker landscape shaped by the Ice Age

2.  Magnificent view of Lake Päijänne

3.  Karisalmi bridge