Hyytiälä Forest Station offers a wide range of opportunities for hiking and enjoying leisure time.
Field courses and walking tours

Hyytiälä Research Station offers groups the opportunity to discover world-class research.

It is strongly advisable to bring your own weatherproof gear for field excursions and working outdoors. The station has only a limited choice of items to borrow with no guarantee of fit and condition.

Leisure opportunities

Possibilities for spending spare time include:

  • Nearby conservation areas and hiking tracks
  • Hyytiälä Science Trail 
  • Climate whirl - outdoor art
  • Frisbee golf course, starts adjacent to Tiedepolku staring point
  • Self-guided walk using a mobile device
  • Fields suitable for football and beach volley
  • Skiing tracks usually from late January to early March
  • A barbecue place in the vicinity of old courtyard
  • A scenic campfire place Makkarakallio about 500 m along a lakeshore track from the small sauna
  • Lakeside saunas
  • A barbecue hut between the lakefront saunas (for rent).
  • Magazines, forestry literature, scientific journals and a handful of novels

The current sauna time slots can be seen on the noticeboards or requested at the office. Both lakeside saunas are available for occupants in summer. The larger one can take 15-20 and the smaller one 4-6 persons at a time on the sauna bench. By taking turns and spending occasional time cooling off ensures a comfortable stay for even a larger group. Private slots can also be reserved.


A limited choice of bicycles is available for rent and can be booked from the station office. In summer, most bikes are reserved for ongoing field courses. Other vehicles are intended for work-related use by the university staff.


Individual meals can be paid immediately at the canteen. Accommodation and other payments will be handled through the office.