Teijo National Park

Teijo National Park

I went hiking in the Teijo National Park a few times but also took part in the Finnish packrafting meeting in 2018, which took place over three days.

The Teijo National Park is still a young national park and was founded in 2015. It counts around 79,000 visitors annually, covers ​​34 km2, and has 50 km2 of marked hiking trails. It offers a great variety of lakes, swamps, forests swamps, and a sea bay. The marked trails are easy to hike. The Teijo National Park is also suitable for those who do not have much hiking experience.

Having lived in Turku for over 4 years, it was one of the closest national parks I could visit from there. The national park is fascinating as it is also possible to reach the sea.

At the Finnish Packrafting Meetup, we parked our cars near Lake Hamarijärvi, inflated our packrafts, and paddled to our first campsite. From there, we paddled the next day to the other side of the lake, where we hiked to Lake Sahajärvi.

In Sahajärvi, we had lunch in Kalasuntti. We then paddled on to Kaniholma, where we pitched our tents and visited the nearby brewery in a village called Matilda just a few hundred meters away with our packrafts.

We had delicious sandwiches, cider, and pastries at the brewery, and some of us brought a few bottles of beer back to the warehouse. We also saw some llamas in the village. The next day we paddled back to Matilda and carried our packrafts a few hundred meters to the sea (Hummelfjärden).

From there, we paddled a couple of miles to a fire pit, where we had our last lunch before paddling a couple of miles back to our parking lot (it was just a short hike from the ocean to the parking lot).

On another visit to the Teijo National Park, I parked my car near the nature centre in Matildanjärvi. The nature centre offers a lot of information about the national park, and you can also get a free map. There was also an information board near the nature centre where I parked my car.

I hiked the trail along Matildanjärvi. There were several campfire sites and shelters along the way. I stopped at Kavanderinlahti – where a group of girls had prepared their camp for the night – and Roosinniemi before leaving Matildanjärvi.

I also visited Puolakkajärvi, the closest lake to Matildanjärvi. Unfortunately, Puolakkajärvi is partly outside the Teijo National Park, suitable for hiking but offers nothing special up to the Endal hut.

From Endal, it went on to Teerisaari, Vicksbäckinlahti, and then back to Matildanjärvi, where Isoholma was the last stop on the way back to my starting point. Unfortunately, however, the path outside the national park at Puolakkajärvi was not that spectacular.