Ikaalinen abounds in fresh air and gorgeous landscapes. And when you've had enough rest, you can find activities for every day of your holiday from the range of pursuits offered by various adventure and tourism entrepreneurs.
When you come to Ikaalinen, you cannot miss the tour of Wanha Kauppala, the oldest part of Ikaalinen. Step inside the Kauppala gate and choose your own route: take a leisurely walk among the old buildings, or visit the leafy parks and sit down for a while to enjoy a cold or hot drink after the guided walking tour. In the summer, during the guided tours, you may run into the fine ladies of the Kauppala…
Idyllic Ikaalinen is transformed from a small town into a musical metropolis one week after midsummer when thousands of accordionists and music lovers converge on the Sata-Häme Soi festival.
Luomajärven Horse Inn exudes a traditional countryside atmosphere. The silence of the idyllic courtyard is broken only by the click-clack of horses’ hooves. The magnificent terrain with its paths and forest roads opens up from the door of the stable. The inn organises horseback riding excursions and cart rides for both novices and experienced riders.
Golf enthusiasts also enjoy their time in Ikaalinen with their favourite sport. Ikaalisten Golf offers a varied and challenging course and practice area located near the club house. The 9-hole course is set in the beautiful landscape of Poltinkoski in Riitiala, along the peacefully flowing river.
Ikaalinen Spa is the largest Nordic multifunctional spa with fun activities for every day of your holiday. The bubbles and whirls of Water Tropic provide visitors of all ages with fun and entertainment, and the children’s Waterworld is busy with the sound of happy splashing from morning to evening. The introduction of leisure activities and diverse wellness and exercise services has turned Ikaalinen Spa into a holistic centre of wellness.
Löylynlyöjät ry, which was established as a preserver of Finnish sauna traditions in Ikaalinen, organises every year on the third weekend of July a Sauna Festival, and the extremely exciting Finnish and World Championships in vihta binding for the sauna.
Water sports and other action sports are supervised by energetic instructors and spice up your holiday. Bananaboys offers a diverse selection of activities throughout the year.
Do you like to fish? Pro Kalastus organises high quality fishing trips on the famous zander waters of lakes Kyrösjärvi and Rauta-Kulovesi in Pirkanmaa. You will always learn something new when travelling with an experienced fishing guide. Ikaalinen’s surroundings also offer excellent rapids and river areas for fly-fishing and lure-fishing enthusiasts.
Jump on a quad bike, speed through ridged landscape on a snowmobile, get excited about curling, try out paintballing… Skönön Safarit organises varied and exciting programmes and offers suitable activity packages for both the youngest and oldest in the family.
An exiting dugout village with two saunas: the tent sauna with soft heat and the atmospheric dugout sauna, has been constructed as the base for trips and festivities on the banks of the River Jyllinjoki. A delicious meal is the highlight of the day’s experiences. If you want to spend a few hours in the woods nearby or take a longer 24-hour hike, the professional guides of Hiking Travel, Hit ensure that you and your group can enjoy nature and exercise safely.
The peaceful countryside can be enjoyed on the magnificent ridges and in the fresh pine forests of Hämeenkangas, which offer tens of kilometres of hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding routes with goahtis and lean-to shelters along them for breaks. Vatula’s skiing terrain is also renowned throughout Finland. There are ski trails of various lengths for keep-fit and competitive skiers, as well as children. When the snow melts, the activities continue in the form of orienteering, hiking and group outdoor recreation and physical activity events.