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Following I.K.Inha’s footsteps



Hanna Eronen
Hanna Eronen
Ecological tourism expert


Näsi Lake trail

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I didn´t know much about I.K. Inha beforehand, but since I decided to start and follow his footsteps around Virrat lake sites I definitely was interested to get to know this past great Finnish photographer, writer, translator, journalist and nature lover.


Day 1

Distance 12 km

Early Tuesday morning I packed my bike and belongings onto the steamship Tarjanne. I was about to start the trip from Tampere Mustalahti Harbour and I surely was not the only one. This was s/s Tarjanne´s first trip for the beginning of the summer and you could feel the excitement in the air. Finally we took off, ship whistled three times and we were on our way. It felt so festive!

It takes all together 8 hours from Tampere to Virrat so I had plenty of time to enter into I.K. Inha´s biography which I had packed with me just for this long ship route.

For lunch I had a delicious salmon at second floor cabinet, read my book about Mr. Inha and followed when people got off at their harbours and new ones came aboard. In this kind of old ship there´s its totally own kind of magic – we always game and departed with whistling.

Finally we arrived to sunny Virrat harbour and we all got off. I steered my bike through the tiny city and headed towards Toriseva ravine lakes.

Near Toriseva parking spot I found I.K. Inha´s memorial. I left my bike there and walked down the wooden steps to the lake. The place was serene, surface of the lake was glittering from the sun and I just sat… and enjoyed. This was a place where I.K. Inha visited when he was young. This was actually a place for many famous Finnish painters and artists when they sough inspiration.

Above this magical place is Toriva´s historical Cafe house. From up there the view to the lake is very different. Next to Cafe house started a nature path which I took. This was a shortcut to the cottage I had rented for the night at Lakari Camping place.

Day 2

Distance 50 km

In the morning I came back to the Toriseva ravine lakes and photographed the scenery in very different light. From there I started my journey down towards Visuvesi. I made some loops at Valkeajärvi and Karasjärvi lake because right here young man Inha used to practise his biking skills with probably a first bike in Finland in 1885. Roads were sandy and curly, biking was fun!


I stopped many times just for photographing – it was all just too beautiful.

I stopped at Lunchcafe Kantatie 66 and had some meatballs and mash, yam! Continuing down to south I passed some spots were Mr. Inha had had his cottage, but now it was all torn down.

Then I turned away from the road 66 and started biking curly and sandy roads to west – I was heading in Helvetinjärvi National park´s direction.

I made a short stop at Helvetinjärvi ravine lake. This was also a place where young Inha used to come with his friends.

On the way back to the road I spotted two cranes in a field. Later I saw herds of cows, and so many beautiful fields of flowers… There was no hurry, so it was a great pleasure just enjoy and stop whenever I wanted to take photos.

After some time I came to road 65 and found Restaurant Rasin Tupa where I had a really good local meal. With my full stomach I continued 8 km to Levonniemi cottages where I stayed overnight. I had a sauna, swam and fell asleep. This was a great day!

Day 3

Distance 60 km

Luckily I got invitation to the owners morning table for a breakfast, because I had forgot to visit at the shop. I paid and jumped on my loyal bike again. Today I was heading back to north (my route made a full loop) and highway 65 was very fast to drive. Soon I arrived at Liedenpohja village, shopped for some chocolate and saw a tiny Local history museum with windmill. Such a pretty little village – flower meadows and cows on the fields, tiny lakes and sandy roads.

Turning towards east I finally arrived to Killinkoski museum. This museum had a whole section about I.K. Inha. But before diving in I filled my tummy in the museum Cafe with some delicious herring sandwiches!

After I finished my visit at the museum the very first rain on my trip reached me. I put all my rain gear on and started the last 23 km in pouring rain. Well, it was oxygen rich weather for sure!

Now I didn’t stop for photos but in a way I enjoyed the last bits of my 3 day journey memorising all the wonderful places I had visited following Inha´s footsteps around this just amazingly beautiful countryside.

Finally I arrived to Virrat Heritage Village, my last stop of the whole trip. Museum yard with shops, cafeteria, Restaurants and an old-fashioned atmosphere was everywhere.

Here I could have also stayed overnight if I had wanted… anyway it felt good to end my journey here with my “companion” I.K. Inha whom also was a great nature lover and romantic fool. Somewhere around here more than 100 years ago he would have probably also stopped and just admired how beautiful this landscape is.

So, now I could either jump back onto the steamship Tarjanne. Or stay overnight and continue down to south through charming Teisko and towards Tampere.

We´ll see…

Virrat 5.-7.6.2018
Hanna Eronen