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Ruovesi is a municipality in Pirkanmaa, Finland, with 200 lakes (18 % of the area) and quite some forest.

Understand

  • Ruovesi tourist information, ☏ +358 44-787-1388 (tourist office), +358 3 486-111 (municipal switchboard), matkailu@ruovesi.fi. Early June–mid-August 11:00–18:00, off season municipal office M–F 08:15–15:15. Ruovesi has tourist cooperation with VirratKeuruu, Jämsä, Mänttä-Vilppula, Juupajoki and Orivesi under the name "Heart of Finland". 

Get in

Road 66 from Orivesi leads via Ruovesi and Virrat to Lapua.

If you come by train, bus or bike and stay the night in Tampere or Virrat, coming the last leg by heritage lake steamer would be a nice alternative. Services twice weekly from each.

By train

Nearby Vilppula and Juupajoki have railway stations, serviced by regional trains from TampereOrivesi or Keuruu, (Haapamäki). Timetables are available from VR.

By bus

Coaches from Tampere (1½ hr, often transfer in Orivesi) and Kokkola (4 hr). For timetables, see Matkahuolto. Also local buses from Tampere. Coming from other directions, try to guess possible transfer options, deducing from the last leg bus.

By boat

  • Guest harbour, Laivarannantie 5. Marina and restaurant. Showers, toilets, laundry, septic tank emptying, water and electricity. Minigolf, beach volley, swimming beach. Church boats for hire: rowing boats with 15 pairs of oars, traditionally used to get to the church along the waterways. For access from Näsijärvi you need to pass the Murole Canal locks (depth 2.4 m, height 18 m; daytime in season, only some days in autumn). The Kauttu canal (Kautun kanava) has no locks (check depth if relevant: 1.8 or 2.4 m, height 11 or 11.5 m). €12.50/night. 
  • s/s Tarjanne (From Mustalahti harbour (Mustanlahden satama) in Tampere, near Särkänniemi), ☏ +358 10-422-5699 (booking), +358 400-234-816 (the ship), myyntipalvelu@hopealinjat.fi. 2021.11 June–14 August: Tampere (W F) or Virrat (Th Sa) 10:00–Ruovesi 13:30. Steamer built 1908, on its original route between Tampere and Virrat via Ruovesi, over Näsijärvi, Ruovesi and other lakes. Restaurant on board; lunch of the day or à la carte (book in advance if possible). Also cruises and packets with on shore activities. Adult €42, bike €8; à la carte €16–21. 

Get around

By taxi

  • Smartphone apps: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi

See

Do

  • 1 Helvetinjärvi National Park (6 km west-northwest from the centre). 
  • 2 Pirkan taival (starting at the school, by the sports ground in the centre). Trails with lean-to shelters and other infrastructure. 
  • 3 Siikaneva (17 km south from the centre). Large mire protection area. Trail, duckboards, campfire sites and lean-to shelter. 
  • 4 Kiimajoki canoeing, ☏ +358 400-232-164, +358 40-685-7775 (volunteers of Teiskon kirkkovenesoutajat). 13.5 km former timber floating route, now a canoeing/kayaking route: 6 km small lakes, the bigger Velaattajärvi, and 6 km along the brooke Kiimajoki to Näsijärvi. Mostly easy as whitewater. Some low bridges and other obstacles, check the route with a local. Real whitewater skills required on some legs because of obstacles, portaging needed around some rapids. Some infrastructure, avoid landing elsewhere, respect private yards. On portages by road watch out for the traffic. Niinikoski long and narrow, some museal infrastructure obstracts it partly. Kalmakurjenkoski appears suddenly and must be portaged (6.5m/20 m). Vehkakoski is easy, but popular by freestylers. Teräkoski must be portaged because of damm equipment. 

Buy

Eat

Several grill or fast food places. Few real restaurants, except catering services. Some lodgings serve meals.

  • Fenni (Hot Pot), Joensuuntie 1, ☏ +358 44-972-0588. Chinese restaurant. 
  • Rantaravintola, Laivarannantie 5 (in the harbour), ☏ +358 44-988-4924, info@ruovedenrantaravintola.fi. In summer; 11:00–, lunch M–F 11:00–14:00. €13–24, children €8; lunch €10.70. 

Drink

Sleep

  • Ruovesi Camping & Adventures (Haapasaari, island by the centre), ☏ +358 44-241-4520, info@ruovesicamping.com. Camping and cottages. Guided tours etc. tent, 2 persons €15; caravan, 2 persons €30; sauna €20/person. 
  • Hotel Liera, Ruovedentie 11 (in the centre), ☏ +358 440-738-840, osuuskunta@hopea-aurinko.fi. single €55, double €85; breakfast +€8/person. (updated Jun 2021)

Farther away

  • Mäkelän lomatuvat, Mäkelänjärventie 372, ☏ +358 45 233 2440, myynti@makelanlomatuvat.fi. Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 12:00. B&B, cottages and agritourism. Bikes, Sup boards, snowshoes and skis for rent. €90–160. 

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