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Chocolate & wine

The first week of September overwhelmed us all by it´s consistant warmth. Well, here we are already in autumn and look at the benefits: no mosguitos, wasps or any other injects – only soft wind and warmed up lakes after the long and exhausting summer. Sounds like a biker´s paradice.


 Day 1. Distance 83 km

The Coast Road (Rantatie) has been this areas all times classic and I had desited to investigate it´s abundant treasures. I had been biking all summer and now it was already september, but no worry – in Finland we have many times just amazing autums and in my opinion, it´s just one of the best months to travel. But just remember to check that all the services you need are open. That´s very important.

Wheater report said so positive numbers that first I left home with my t-shirt on, but it took a while that the day started to get warmer. It was still early morning. First I rode to Ylöjärvi and visited the Ylöjärvi city´s fresh bride and joy: the legendary Finnish Eppu Normaali band´s momumet called Alamökki at the town hall´s yard. I was not alone there but we all had our own moments to photograp this newcomer.

Eppu Normaali band´s monument at the center of Ylöjärvi city is worth to visit.

From here I continued to north and on my way I made a pitstop at The Finnish Museum of Cooling Technology which is the only museum in Finland. Actually there is no other large refrigeration museum in whole Europe. This place is normally open only at summertime (and only some sundays) so I had made contact earlier so I could visit the museum. Gosh it was nice to be inside in such coolness, because day temperature kept on rising all the time. From here I continued more north and stopped for a lunch at Mutalan Helmi (Mutala´s Pearl) which was satisfying but I skipped the dessert because I already dremmed about the next place I was heading to…

Suojärvi Chocolate Farm in the middle of Finnish countryside.

In the middle of charming countryside stands Suojärvi Chocolate factory and Café. These handmade chocolates by the family-run Suojärvi Chocolate factory are produced in a hundred year old farm. And of course I had to taste all those different fondants… You can enjoy your sweets and delicacies at coffee shop or consentrade buying souveniers – I did both.

It was time to leave and now towards north again.

With all this new energy (and sugar high) I desided to make my road a bit longer so I took a road to Karhe so I could avoid the bigger roads as much as possible. This cost me some 5 km extra but day was pretty and I was just boosted with chocolate energy so no worries! These small sandy trails finally took me back to 65-road (which I had tryed to avoid) and after about 7 km I was able to hop off from it, since I turned towards Parkkuu.

My little extra loop took me to Karhe village and it´s beautiful scenerys.

Day started to fall down when I finally arrived to Ala-Toikko Farm. This place offered a nice cottage for travellers, but for a longer stay. Their cozy and spacious log cottage by the lake Näsijärvi offers you both modern conveniences and pure nature right on your doorstep. In June-August, log cabin is rented for at least a week. For a shorter stay you can also rent the near by Toivo hut which includes sauna. And if you happen to visit here on strawberry season you want to book your strawberry picking time before hand because those delicacies are gone like a dose of salts!

Ala-Toikko Farm´s cottage Puntari offers a great view over the lake Näsijärvi.

There was still one last leg left for today and evening already starded to fall down when I hoped on my bike again and steared towards Kuru village and there Keihäs Farm (Keihään Tila). This was the place where I was going to stay over night and first time in my life I was gonna sleep in yurt! But before that I visited Kuru´s shop to bye some evening snacks.

Warm sauna was waiting for me when I arrived at almost in a dark hours. I sat in very relaxing warmth and went to swim from time to time. Then, only with few pulls I had taken the boat to the island where the yurt was. I carried my gear inside the yurt and started the fire and lighted up candles. The place was just magical. I felt so lucky to be able to experience a place like this. Alone in a small island inside a private yurt.

I went swimming from the sauna and in front of me I could see the island where I was about to stay over night in yurt.

Day 2. Distance 50 km

The night was cool inside the yurt and I slept well. After waking up I put the fire in the tiny fireplace again, cleaned up and took my gear to the boat. In the farm´s yard there´s a “outdoor kicthen” where you can cook your own breakfast or meal. It was time say goodbye again to this fairytale-world and now I headed to east – finally I was at the end of the big lake Näsijärvi and I was able to start going around it.

I was getting closer to Murole. This village is known by it´s canal which is used even by a bigger boats like steamship Tarjanne. HINT: Summertime you can also take a boat from Tampere to Murole and start your biking trip from here.  Or sail even further to Virrat. Since it was now september the Murole´s Summer Cafe by the canal was closed, but from June to August it´s usually full of people from day to night, because they also have live gigs and concerts. I passed the canal and the bridge and continued now towards south. Now I finally was on the other side of Näsijärvi lake!

Niemi-Kapee Farm loceted at the cape so you could see the Näsijärvi lake in various directions.

My next stop was Niemi-Kapee Farm wich was situated in amazing spot – you could actually see the lake in three dicerctions. This Farm rents out cottages and cabins over the summer season but mostly for a longer rent. Althought I heard that cyclists could rent also a smaller cottage for one night aswell.

Tarmac road took me futher to south and I accidently almost past a Murole´s Village House that served a lunch every wednesday at 12-14. It cost only 10 euros and I sat there eating happily (cabbage stew and swiss rolls) and chatting among all other villagers and travellers.

Passing big sunflower fields sun in my face and wind in the hair I reached early my today´s destination Murikanranta which is a hotel located at the shore on lake Näsijärvi. I took my room and a long bath. Then I went to eat buffee dinner (delicious) and quite soon I was ready to bed.

Sunflower fields of Teisko.

Day 3. Distance 40 km

After very fulfilling breakfast I continued my travel to south and there Teisko Winery. This was my last travelling day and so far all the other times this last day had always been rainy. But now it looked like it´s gonna be exception!

The Teisko Winery is a farm where you can find wines, hot drinks and liqueurs made from the raw materials of Finnish nature. The selection includes eight different wines, three sparkling wines and three liqueurs. You can buy products or taste samples. Everything is hand made. There is also a shop where you can buy local products also from other producers.

Teisko Winery was open September from thursday to sunday and you can have excellent servise here.

After some tasting and snacks was time to say goodbye. This was actually my last target for this trip so now it was only heading home. I had 30 km left.

The scenery of Teisko´s charming countryside lapdsacpes escorted me towards Tampere city and I was thinking about the whole 3 day trip – how kind and warm all the new people I hade met had been and how many beautiful places there are in our home hoods if we just go out and look.