Planning a trip

General

Planning a trip comes from your preferences – what routes you like, how is your physical condition and what attractions you would like to see. Design the trip in a way that you have time to enjoy the scenery and not just cycle all day.

We recommend to atleast pack the following items: a good pump for tires, patching equipment, duckt tape for outer tire and for everything else. Cyclist’s first aid kit and an inner tube for tire are also good to have around.

Useful tips to help you design your cycling trip can be found from here: Cycling in Finland

Roads

The core routes of the Näsijärvi Lake Trail are asphalt, gravel and sand roads. It is still possible to cycle only the asphalt roads if you choose your routes correctly.

Designing the core routes, the main focus was on the services, attractions, scenery and the safety of cyclists.

Season

The services and attractions are open mostly from May to September. Of course you can travel the routes during off-season also.

Arrival from afar

Tampere city centre is full of hotels and other accommodations. From the railway station, there is only a couple of kilometers to the route.

Cycling maps

It is good to have a traditional map in your luggage. In addition to knowing the routes, a map is good if you need to know what kind of pavements are on the roads.

There are many places where you can get the cycling map for free. You can print the Tampere region’s map from here. This map can be found from these locations:

  • Frenckel service point (Frenckellinaukio 2B)
  • Visit Tampere Tourist Information (Hämeenkatu 14 B, 33100 Tampere)
  • Pirkanmaa ELY-center (Yliopistonkatu 38 ja Pellavatehtaankatu 25)
  • Tourist Informations around the route

One option is to get the Cycling GT2 map that costs a little. It is a map from Karttakeskus especially designed for cyclists. The map tells you what kind of pavement the roads have. You can get the maps from here:

  • Mapshop
  • Book stores (could be on stock, if not in display).

Tourist Information

Tampere

  • address: Hämeenkatu 14 B, 33100 Tampere
  • p. +358 3 565 66800
  • email: visittampere@visittampere.fi
  • homepage

Ruovesi

  • address: Viljamakasiini, Ruovedentie 30, 34600 Ruovesi
  • p. +358 44 787 1388
  • email: matkailu@ruovesi.fi
  • homepage

Mänttä-Vilppula

  • address: Seppälän puistotie 2, 35800 Mänttä
  • p. (03) 4888 555
  • email: matkailu@manttavilppula.fi
  • homepage

Virrat

  • address: Virtain kaupunginkirjasto, Mäkitie 2, 34800 Virrat
  • p. (03) 485 1291
  • email: matkailu@virrat.fi
  • homepage

Ylöjärvi

  • address: ABC Teivo / Fröökynän Herkku, Hiitintie 1, 33400 Tampere
  • p. 010 3221 329
  • email: asiakaspalvelu@frookynanherkku.fi
  • homepage

Shops

Ruovesi

  • K-Market, Urheilutie 1, 34600 Ruovesi
  • S-Market, Ruovedentie 38, 34600 Ruovesi
  • Siwa Visuvesi, Eeliksentie 1, 34870 Visuvesi
  • Siwa, Honkalantie 2, 34600 Ruovesi
  • Wanhanajan palveleva sekatavarakauppa, Ruovedentie 44, 34600 Ruovesi

Mänttä-Vilppula

  • S-Market, Itätorikatu 10, 35800 Mänttä
  • Siwa, Puistokatu 10, 35800 Mänttä
  • Valintatalo, Seppälän Puistotie 7, 35800 Mänttä
  • Siwa Mustalahti, Runttimäentie 8, 35820 Mänttä
  • Tokmanni, Pohjaväreenkuja 1, 35800 Mänttä
  • Valintatalo Vilppula, Keskuskatu 7, 35700 Vilppula

Virrat

  • S-Market, Pääskyntie 13, 34800 Virrat
  • Siwa, Virtaintie 25, 34800 Virrat
  • K-Market, Virtaintie 28, 34800 Virrat
  • M-Market, Keskustie 7, 34800 Virrat

Ylöjärvi

  • Sale, Kauppatie 1-3, 34300 Kuru
  • Siwa, Virastotie 2, 34300 Kuru
  • M-Kauppa, Kyrönlahden liikekeskus, Kyrönlahdentie 2, 34150 Kyrönlahti

Terälahti

  • Sale, Terälahdentie 1090, 34260 Terälahti

Juupajoki

  • Sale, Osuustie 2, 35500 Korkeakoski
  • K-Extra Meronen Kopsamo, Kopsamontie 130, 35540 Juupajoki ‎
  • K-Extra Meronen Lyly, Varikontie 1, Lyly

Pharmacies and health centers

Ruovesi

  • Ruovesi pharmacy, Ruovedentie 13, 34600 Ruovesi
  • Ruovesi health center at weekdays 8-15.45, otherwise Tampere Acuta. Call: (03) 311 611.

Mänttä-Vilppula

  • Mänttä pharmacy, Itätorikatu 10, Mänttä-Vilppula
  • Vilppula pharmacy, Keskuskatu 5, 35700 Vilppula
  • Emergency duty Mänttä: Mänttä hospital, Sairaalantie 168, 35800 Mänttä, p. 03 455 2720.

Virrat

  • Virrat pharmacy, Virtaintie 30, 34800 Virrat
  • Virrat health center at weekdays 8-16, otherwise Tampere Acuta. Call: (03) 311 66 411.

Kuru, Ylöjärvi

  • Ylöjärven 3. Kuru pharmacy, Kauppatie 10, 34300 Kuru
  • Ylöjärvi health center p. 03 565 28 000.

Kämmenniemi, Tampere

  • Teisko pharmacy, Taavankuja 1, 34240 Kämmenniemi
  • Tays Acuta, call Health services information p. (03) 100 23.

Juupajoki

  • Juupajoki health center, Koskitie 50, 35500 Korkeakoski. Appointments at weekdays p. (03) 335 8293. Otherwise emergency duty at Mänttä hospital.
  • Korkeakoski pharmacy, Koskitie 50, Korkeakoski

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