The Birgitta Trail is a trekking route that offers the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the nature and cultural history in Lempäälä. It is possible to choose the route and the lenght of the trail. The route was officially opened in 1997, and it was selected the best trekking route in Finland in 2006. The route was named after the noble landmark of Lempäälä, the 500-year-old St Birgit Memorial Church of Lempäälä.
The great variety of the Birgitta Trail offers wonderful opportunities for both a short stroll and longer hikes. You can choose both the starting point and the length of the hike according to your own preferences, and there are attractive route options for families with small children as well as the most demanding hikers. No winter maintenance.
There are ample possibilities for taking a pause and making a campfire along the path, including huts and Finnish laavus, lean-tos, for overnight camping. For making a campfire you may use firewood in the shed. Please keep environment clean and take the garbage that cannot be burnt along with you.
The route offers a variety of stony and smooth paths, thick forest and clear-cut areas, as well as grassy areas and jogging paths covered in sawdust. Hundreds of metres of duck-boards and dozens of footbridges facilitate trekking in the moist areas of ground. The path is well signposted.
There is a campfire site with firewood and an outside toilet at the Saarikonmäki laavu. The laavu is accessible for the disabled. This leg of the route is ideal for families. The road to Saarikonmäki is surrounded by the best hazel bushes in Lempäälä. Dozens of hazel bushes, large and small, grow among the spruces.
For different types of groups, such as small children or disabled, it is more comfortable to arrive at lean-to by car. Please note, that if you wish to do so, there is a closed gate on the forest road. You will need a key to open the gate, instructions for borrowing the key are below.
-during working days (Mon-Fri) from Lempäälä Service Point Tampereentie 8,
tel. +358 40 133 7300, open 8:30am - 3:30pm.
(Please note that Service Point is closed during July, and you can ask key in tel. +358 50 383 9068.)
-after 3.30 pm on working days and during weekends the key is available from Hakkari Sports hall Ahertajantie 3, tel. +358 50 383 9626.
Please make a reservation via phone by calling to the numbers above before collecting the key.
Inquires regarding Birgitta Trail maintenance (working days at 7am - 3pm) tel. +358 50 383 9084.
More detailed advice and tourism information. tel. +358 50 383 9068.
Find trekking map here
Further information and brochures:
Lempäälän Kehitys Oy
(Lempäälä Development Ltd),
tel. +358 50 383 9068
Vanha Hervannantie 221, 33720 Tampere
tel. +358 40 573 1660