Pyhä-Häkki National Park

Pyhä Häkin kansallispuisto

Pyhä-Häkki is located in the lower central part of southern Finland. This is a small 13 kilometer(5 square miles) park -a 70 kilometer drive north of the city of Jyväskylä. Finnish Virgin Forest - See forest where no man has laid an ax to fell trees. The park contains the oldest forest in southern Finland with trees dating back 250 years when Finland was still under Swedish rule.

The old forest attracts rare insects, birds, and plant species. The Pyhä-Häkki National Park is remote, and the grey color of the ancient dried standing canopyless pines and spruces makes walking in the forest a romantic experience. The oldest trees are about 500 years old and have survived countless generations and forest fires.

Go sightseeing in the woods to see a very large Finnish pine tree. According to Finnish standards, the 26 meter (85 foot) tall, 288 centimeters (113 inches) circumference ancient pine tree, is one of the tallest in Finland. The tree started growing upward in 1518.Although this ancient tree died in 2004, the park has another largest tree for viewing. Start off a short one hour walk at the 3 kilometer long Maastomäki Nature trail. Along the trail is where you will see the old forest and large trees.

Two types of mires worth seeing are the herb-rich hardwood-spruce swamps, which is mainly comprised of spruce, and the Dwarf-shrub pine bog, -mainly pine trees. If you want to see spruce mires, this is your park.

Driving directions from Jyväskylä to the trail at Viitasaarentie. For navigation devices use: Viitasaarentie 2119(road), Saarivjärvi(city) 43100(zip)