Eco-Adventures in Finland: Vierumäki Flowpark

Was building a tree house a must when you were a kid? If you belong to a generation that was mobile-free, unreachable by your parents and you could complete your secret, adventurous missions without being under any adult supervision, or you want to create similar fun to your children, then Vierumäki Flowpark in Finland is a great place to do that!

What is an eco-adventure park?

If you’ve never been to a forest adventure park, it’s a patch of a forest where you can find plenty of different obstacles and adventure courses on live trees created without doing any harm to the trees and all for the purpose of having fun. You will need to activate not only your muscles and check your fitness condition, but you’ll have to use your wit, too.

Bear in mind that in an eco-adventure park, you are not going to jump or climb and hang out freely in a tree as you used to do when you were twelve. The main difference is that you’ll be secured with ropes and use a helmet the whole time. In the Vierumäki Flowpark in Finland, similar to all forest adventure parks in the world, you’ll be able to try zip lines, lianas, swings and swinging bridges built between and in the trees.

What to expect from a day in the Vierumäki Flowpark?

A daily pass for one visit costs 29 EUR, which is a very reasonable price for the amount of activities you get in the park. After you buy a ticket, you get a wristband that will allow you to go for a snack or lunch during your experience in the park and come back to continue with the activities.

Eco-Adventures in Finland: Vierumäki Flowpark
There is plenty to explore in the park in Vierumäki.

Before you start, you will be given brief safety instructions where they explain how to secure yourself on the ropes, how to behave on the platforms or what to do in case you get stuck in the middle of an obstacle and you aren’t able to continue. Good news: staff at the flow park can always bring you down to the ground from any tree.

Insider tip: As seen in Vierumäki, for your own safety, do not shout “Help!” unreasonably. It could happen that the next time you call for help and you really mean it, people will not believe you and it might take some time until somebody comes to bring you down from the middle of the zip line.

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Aerial experience

After the briefing, you will proceed to do a test level “0”, where you try to use the equipment and see how you handle the obstacles. There are seven courses of different levels, and to complete all of them, it might take you up to three hours or more. It all depends on your own pace.

Eco-Adventures in Finland: Vierumäki Flowpark
And up you go.

You don’t need any previous experience with eco-adventure parks and high-rope courses, but you need to be aware that you are going on an adventure that will bring you to a treetop of up to 20 m at the higher levels of the obstacles.

You can finish the adventure course whenever you feel like it. There is always a staff member around to check if everything is okay and assist you in case you need any help.

“Is it difficult?” or “Is it scary?”, you might ask. Well, it depends. If you’ve never done any physical exercise or if you hiked or partied a lot the day before, then it’s not the best kind of fun you can have. To keep yourself safe and enjoy the eco-adventure experience, just follow the instructions and revive the sense of adventure you used to have as a child.

What to bring with you to a forest adventure park

Comfortable outdoor outfit: not too loose so it doesn’t snag on a tree or the equipment. Bring clothes that can get dirty, since you will touch tree bark a lot.
Reliable shoes: trainers or hiking shoes will do the trick. But, you will need to have your ankles and soles flexible, so it’s better to bring hiking shoes with flat soles.
Gloves: we highly recommend either to bring your own, or you can buy a pair at the ticket office in the Vierumäki Flowpark.
Take off all your bracelets, necklaces and rings. Once you hold a rope with all your strength for a few seconds, you’ll understand why.

More information about Vierumäki Flowpark

The entrance to the forest adventure park in Vierumäki is free, so in case you are going to do the obstacle courses and your friends/family fancy a walk in a park or a picnic instead, they are welcome to do it for free. You only have to pay if you want a ticket to the high-ropes courses.

You cannot bring your own equipment, apart from gloves and your outfit. All the equipment, including helmets, is provided by the Vierumäki Flowpark.

You can bring your own food, otherwise you can have a snack in the nearby FlowCafé.

Children under 7 and shorter than 120 cm can do a special course (adult supervision is required).

What to do in Vierumäki

In case you stay in Vierumäki village for a few days, there is a plethora of outdoor and indoor activities to do. If you are into outdoor sports, you can enjoy hiking or skiing on special trails, hit a golf ball into one of 45 holes, go for a ride on a rollerblading route made of sustainable materials, or go swimming in nearby lakes (Valkjärvi, Saarijärvi, or Suurijärvi). If you are an indoor person or in case of bad weather, you can play tennis, floorball, go swimming or ice skating.

There is also a lovely trail behind the main sport hall in the Vierumäki sport centre with a lake in the middle, which is perfect for jogging and peaceful morning yoga, too.

Eco-Adventures in Finland: Vierumäki Flowpark
A peaceful lake near the Vierumäki center.

After all the physical activities you can relax in a sauna or spa at the Vierumäki centre. We can highly recommend the Kammi smoke sauna near Lake Mustalampi, where you can have an awesome, medieval dinner at the Kalliokammi restaurant, located just next to the Kammi sauna. The cave interior is just marvelous and the dishes are purely traditional and local.

How to get to Vierumäki

If you travel from Helsinki, it’s only a 1.5-hour drive. In case you prefer to use local transport, take a bus or train to Lahti for about $37USD, from which you’ll change to a direct bus to Vierumäki that will stop in front of the main centre.

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Our adventure in the Vierumäki Flowpark wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Visit Finland and OutdoorsFinland. All opinions are our own.

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12 thoughts on “Eco-Adventures in Finland: Vierumäki Flowpark”

  1. It looks like a nice activity to do without loosing the contact with the nature. It really seems nice but considering how clumsy I am, I’m not entirely sure I’d be without any injuries by the end of the day 🙁

    1. Ivana Greslikova

      Then I’m sure a stroll in the park and near the lake would do it for you. Or cheering up Dale while he is up on the trees 🙂

  2. Sounds like an amazing activity. I’ve always wanted to visit an adventure park and it sounds like it really makes for a fun day out. Plus, the amazing views of the nearby lake would definitely add to the fun!

    1. Ivana Greslikova

      I’m sure you’ll love it, Margherita. Especially if both of you are fans of via ferrata!

  3. Michael Orobona

    Come to Northern Minnesota sometime. There are more Finns than Finland! That looks like a fun obstacle course for the young at heart.

    1. Ivana Greslikova

      Thanks for commenting, Michael. Wow, I’ve just checked some landscape photos from Northern Minnessota and what I see: Northern Lights! Well, another place added to our wish list, I guess.

  4. This looks like so much fun. I’m sorry we missed it when we were in Finland. Another excuse to go back. One question though, do you have safety lines? I’m sure I’d fall off at least once.

    1. Ivana Greslikova

      Forest adventure park is definitely the right reason to come back, Tom. Oh yes, you are secured with safety lines for all the time you are up in the trees and if you follow the safety instruction correctly, which is very easy to do, there is no way that you fall down. Hope you can try it yourself one day!

  5. Ifrah Khan @GreenGlobalTravel

    This seems like a great eco-friendly park. More parks like this should be opened around the world! Ifrah Khan@greenglobaltravel

  6. What an amazing course! Cannot think of anywhere more amazing to do it than in beautiful Finland!

    1. Ivana Greslikova

      Hi Jeff, that’s right – Finland is a perfect place for an outdoor adventure like this one 🙂

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