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Lake Tuusula & Järvenpää Guide

Situated just 15 minutes north of Helsinki-Vantaa airport, a visit to Lake Tuusula and Järvenpää provides visitors with an opportunity to experience Finland in miniature. When taking a stroll along the lakeside through this beautifully tranquil landscape, it is difficult to believe you are so close to the capital. Discover how modern Finnish culture evolved, as you wander past the historic villas, home to some of Finland’s most celebrated artists, beautifully maintained and perfectly situated in this historic milieu.

The natural beauty of Lake Tuusula attracted many Finnish masters of art, music, and literature to the area, and that same beauty remains to this day. Visitors taking the Tuusula Art Walk get to experience the golden age of Finnish art, brought to life in the many house museums along the way. The homes of the artists who lived here take you back to the heyday of the Finnish National Romantic era at the turn of the 20th century. It has also been home to many famous Finns; Jean Sibelius, Juhani Aho and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, J.H. Erkko, Eino Leino, Eero Järnefelt, Pekka Halonen and the Sibelius Academy’s Kallio-Kuninkala College.

The lake and its surrounding area offer great experiences for both summer and winter activities. Cycling around Lake Tuusula is very popular activity. Beautiful scenery, historical sights and safe cycle paths attract both locals and visitors alike to cycle this circular 26 km / 16 mile route. In addition, the lake is ideal for fishing and rowing, paddling, sailing, ice-skating, and skiing – and for swimming on a hot summer’s day!