Bikepacking tip | Pajulahti Sports Institute and the Immilä MillAddress: Pajulahdentie 167, 15560 Nastola Show map
Address: Pajulahdentie 167, 15560 Nastola
Pajulahti Sports Institute is a great resting place for a cyclist, with sporty services such as Adventure Park. Immilä Mill and its café offer an idyllic view of the history of mills by rapids.
Lahti—Villähde—Nastola—Pajulahti—the Immilä mill, approx. 60 km.
Pajulahti Sports Institute is located in Nastola, Lahti, on the western shore of Lake Iso-Kukkanen, approximately 20 km from Lahti city centre. The journey towards Nastola starts either through Möysä or by riding to the side of Mannerheiminkatu (main road 12) and turning east. There is a pedestrian and bike path all the way from Lahti to Villähde, which stretches only approximately 10 km. The charming village has cafés, shops and the Kaarisilta Art and Activity Centre. The same straight bike path continues to the centre of old Nastola, where you should turn after approximately 7 km from Villähde. The turn to the populated area also means climbing up the hill, which is part of the Salpausselkä ridge, from where you should look up the Kukkastie trail.
After turning on Karhusillantie, the cyclist can cruise down a fantastic decline towards Pajulahdentie and the lake shore. First, you will encounter the beach and then the first buildings of the Sports Institute.
True sporty types will have a go at the Adventure Park tracks built in the area, also up in the trees. You should also consider staying the night at Pajulahti.
If you continue back from Pajulahti along the same route, going up the hill doesn’t seem as testing when rolling down hill. Half way up Karhusillantie hill, you can turn to Anttilantie and towards Nastola centre and its sights: Art Centre Taarasti, a summer theatre and a church with its own graveyard.
Immilänkoski rapids and mill
Another alternative is to continue to the centre to the intersection of Immiläntie, which leads westward to Immilä mill. From there, you turn to Vehkosillantie, where the pedestrian and bike path ends after 500 metres. However, traffic on the 7 km village road doesn’t seem too bad. The road ends at an intersection, from where you should turn east towards Arrajoentie.
Immilä mill is located approximately 200 metres from the intersection at the northern end of Lake Sylvöjärvi, by the Immilänkoski rapids. Grain is no longer milled in the old building, but you can get to know the history of the mill, which started its operations already in the 16th century.
The café in the old miller’s cottage sells pastries that you can enjoy out on the terrace. Spending a longer time by the roaring rapids is an attractive idea, and the mill also hosts events a few times every summer. You can return to Lahti along the same route through Nastola centre and Villähde.
The northern alternative
You can also reach Immilä mill from Pajulahti from the north by continuing on Pajulahdentie (3134) around Lake Iso-Kukkanen. The road turns to Ruuhijärventie and passes another historic mill in Nastola, Kumia mill. To reach Immilä, cyclists must first turn northeast and then southeast to Kalkkolantie, which is a partly gravel road. Then the road changes to Immilän kylätie and continues all the way to the mill.
You will do fewer kilometres than by riding back and forth through Nastola centre.
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The other important address is for Immilä mill (Immilän mylly), Arrajoentie 88, 15560 Nastola.