Puurijärvi-Isosuo National Park

Puurijärvi-Isosuo kansallispuisto

Puurijärvi-Isosuo large swamp is located in the Pirkanmaa and Satakunta regions. The park is 27 square kilometers in size (10 square miles). While on the Helsinki-Pori road, if you happen to be traveling north on road 2 to Kokemäki, or north on road 12 toward Äetsä via Huittinen, the Puurijärvi-Isosuo national park is accessible from either roads.

See the Isosuo, a large open wetland area which is connected to one of Finland's longest rivers. Most of the park consists of shallow swamp. The unique attraction of this park are the large variety of insect species it contains. - 35 different bird species, 38 types of butterflies and moths, and 24 different dragonflies.

At the park you can hike on short 1 and 6 kilometer trails, go bird watching at one of the highest capacity (fits 50 people) bird watching towers in the Nordic countries at the Kärjenkallio Rock. Get a nice view over the lake, and see what a vast swamp looks like in Finland.

Bird watching tips: The best time to go bird watching is during the morning or evening, especially when birds are migrating moving from location to next. Use high power binoculars and a tri-pod, bring a packed lunch, and expect to spend time in the lookout tower.

Access Kärjenkallio, which is on Lake Puurijärvi from road 2481. The main hiking trail cuts clear across and between the two large swamps, Korkesuo and Isojuo. This is where you can view the swamps on either side of the path.

It takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to drive to the park from Tampere. (74 kilometers). Driving directions from Tampere to the Puurijärvi-Isosuo northern and eastern entrance.

Or navigate to the following address: 1008 Yttiläntie(road) Kokemäki/Yttilä/Kauvatsa(city), western Finland.

Video: Kokemäki attractions. This one minute video has a few clips of the Puurijärvi-Isosuo park.