Bikepacking tip | From lakeside scenery to the rich cultural environment of HollolaAddress: Lukkarintie, 16170 Hollola kk Show map
Address: Lukkarintie, 16170 Hollola kk
The Hollola route is a favourite among Lahti’s cyclists because you can complete it even after work on a summer evening.
Lahti—Messilä—Hollola—Vesala—Soramäki—Salpakangas—Kärpänen—Lahti, 37 km. Additional Messilä loop 5 km.
When riding counterclockwise, the route takes you through Jalkaranta and towards Hollola. The route is uphill until the border of the City of Lahti, but the actual Messilä hill, famous for its ski jumping tower, is downhill on the route and ends by the shore of Lake Vesijärvi.
The marina offers the services of Camping Messilä, such as a restaurant. The pedestrian and bike path ends after Messilä, but you will see many cyclists on Rantatie heading towards Hollola. Riding your bike through the rolling lakeside scenery is easy, at least with the wind behind you.
There are spectacular opportunities for spotting birds in the fields of Pyhäniemi close to Lake Kutajärvi. In the autumn and spring, migratory cranes can often be seen.
There are many reasons for a break in Hollola: a wonderful beach, medieval stone church and old cemetery, unspoiled village landscape, museum and exhibitions, restaurants and the legendary kiosk.
The Kapatuosia hill fort and its views take you back all the way to prehistoric times. Starting right behind the church, the ridge with its steep cliffs was created by the melting stream water from the continental glacier approximately 12,000 years ago. Archeological digs have found the remains of wooden strongholds, among other finds.
From Hollola centre, the journey continues along Kirkkotie towards Vesala, or the Tampereentie intersection 12. There is a Sale grocery store at the intersection of Rantatie and Kirkkotie.
You can cycle the entire Kirkkotie, about 8 km, on a well-maintained pedestrian and bike path with few other travellers. The Hälvälä shooting track is at the side of the road for the majority of the section, which means you cannot step into the forest where you see signs indicating the shooting track. Skiing tracks in the winter are an exception to this.
When heading towards Vesala, the terrain is mostly uphill until you encounter a fairly long downhill section. The Vesala intersection is located where the old main road to Tampere, Tampereentie, used to run. The current southern ring road is located a bit further south.
From the intersection, you turn left or to the east. When you ride approximately 500 metres towards Lahti, you will find Kinnarila farm and the Pioni ja piironki café and farm shop. It is a perfect spot to put your feet up for a while.
Soramäki and the services of the municipal centre are not far away, but cyclists must first beat the ride uphill to the top of Salpausselkä ridge. In the centre, you can also stop to see the Church of Reconciliation.
Pedestrian and bike paths continue all the way to Lahti. If you’re looking for a longer ride, you can turn towards Messilä from the municipal centre and ride along the bike path to see the manor milieu and its tourism services. The extra loop adds approximately 5 km to the ride. In this case, ride downhill to Rantatie and then back up the Messilä hill when going towards Lahti. The highest point of Southern Finland is located in Tiirismaa, next to Messilä, known for its steep skiing hills.
You can ride the route in both directions, so the best option is to choose the direction in which a tail wind will help you at the start of your journey. No matter which direction you choose, you still have to climb up and freewheel down from Salpausselkä ridge.
Add the address of the Hollola kiosk (Hollolan kirkonkylän kioski), Lukkarintie, 16710 Hollola to your navigator.
The address of the Kinnarila farm is Soramäentie 1, 15880 Hollola.