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Kintulammi is a great hiking area and nature reserve in the Teisko-Aitolahti region of Tampere. It is a public nature and hiking destination with trails, duckboards, lean-tos and signposts. The area is located approximately 20 kilometers outside Tampere city center in the direction of Teisko.
There are about 15 kilometers of marked hiking routes in the area and five fire pits, four of which are adjoined with an ecologically designed lean-to complex with a log shed and a dry toilet.
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Kintulammi nature reserve consists of three different parts with a combined acreage of 608,5 hectares. The heartland of the area is Vattula. It was protected in 1959 and its extension area in 2003. Vattula’s acreage is 61 hectares. The nature reserve was significantly expanded in 2017 when Kintulammi hiking area was protected as a part of the My Nature Gift to the Centenarian Finland campaign. For this reason, remember to move around in the area without leaving a trace. Use duckboards and trails, keep your pets on a leash at all times and admire plants without picking them.
In Kintulammi area, you can acquaint yourself with or come across such animals and plants as:
With a bit of luck, you might see a flying squirrel on the east side of the area, gliding between trees at twilight. They nest in a hole carved by a woodpecker into the trunk of an aspen or in a twig nest in a thick fir tree.
The largest grouse in Finland, capercallie, needs large forest areas and feels at home in Kintulammi.
Huge old pine trees have grown in the area for generations. These ancient trees are an absolutely majestic sight and tell a story from centuries ago.
LESSER BUTTERFLY ORCHID
The lesser butterfly orchid is a protected orchis species that grows in relative abundance in the area.
Kintulammi area is owned by the city of Tampere. You are allowed to move around in the nature reserve under everyman’s right within the limits allowed by protection orders. Detailed protection orders of the area and other further information about nature in the area are available on the city of Tampere website.
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PHONE: 03 5656 4400
Kintulammi nature reserve is located in Teisko-Aitolahti, roughly 20 kilometers northeast from Tampere city center.
If you arrive from Tampere direction turn to Pulesjärventie at the Aitolahti-Sorila intersection.
From Pulesjärventie you turn to the parking lots of the area, either to Kintulammentie (P2 on the map) or to Keltolahdentie (P1 on the map). If you arrive in Keltolahdentie parking lot (P1), use the navigator address Keltolahdentie 47. If you arrive in Kintulammentie parking lot, Kintulammentie 378 is a good navigator address. Please note that the available parking space is limited and the roads leading to the parking lots are narrow. There are turnouts along the road. Please be careful on your arrival in the area.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Tampere public transport bus lines 28A and 90 operate to Aitolahti-Sorila intersection at regular intervals. From the intersection, it’s a roughly three-kilometer walk along Pulesjärventie to the trail leading to the area. You can also turn to Kintulammentie at the intersection roughly 1,6 kilometers from the bus stop. Pulesjärventie is quite busy and there is heavy gravel truck traffic on the road. For safety reasons, walking IS NOT RECOMMENDED with children or large groups.
There’s a great opportunity to arrive in the area by bicycle. Pyhä-Näsi bicycle route runs through Teisko in the immediate vicinity of the hiking area. ”Viitapohja route” that runs along Pulesjärventie is very popular among cycling enthusiasts. From Tampere city center, you can ride along a cycleway up to Aitolahti-Sorila intersection. From the intersection, it is 1,6 kilometers along Pulesjärventie to Kintulammentie turn (P2) to the area.
In Kintulammi hiking and nature reserve, there are roughly 15 kilometers of marked hiking routes that consist of several alternative circular routes. The routes are marked with signposts that make hiking in the area an enjoyable and safe experience. The signposts are made of reflective material.
There are four different lean-to and fire pit complexes with a log shed and an dry toilet and one fire pit without a lean-to or a toilet. All lean-tos and bases are different and individually designed to fit their location. In designing the hiking routes and structures in the area, special attention was paid to natural and ecological implementation.
The trail from P1 parking lot to Kirkkokivi was designed and implemented as an accessible rock ash route. The accessible part is about 300 meters long and it continues up to the Kirkkokivi lean-to.
MOVE AROUND ON NATURE’S TERMS
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