Experience lomaseutu in the lake district and heart of finland


The name Lomaseutu means Holiday Region. The pleasant small towns of Viitasaari, Pihtipudas, Kinnula and Kivijärvi are located in the northern parts of the Lake District and belong to Central Finland, the Visit Jyväskylä Region. We also call the area the Heart of Finland.

As a holiday destination, the Heart of Finland is a combination of quiet wilderness and scenic lake district. Over the ages, the region has been a natural crossroads for different cultures as it can be reached by land and waterways alike. If you are interested in getting to know the local Finnish way of life and its peaceful pace, the Lomaseutu holiday region is the destination for you. Here you can lodge comfortably in a cottage by a lake and take a sauna like a Finn. We have forests as far as the eye can see and, in the Salamajärvi National Park, you can make a trip to nature as relaxing as you’ve ever experienced. You might even see a rare Finnish forest reindeer along the trail. According to legend, Pihtiputaan Mummo, i.e. the wise Granny from Pihtipudas, resides in her red cottage in these parts, and the spirit of the traditional healer Karoliina Raatikainen roams the woods.

The best way to reach the Heart of Finland is to fly to the Jyväskylä, Oulu, or Kuopio airports and travel the rest of the way by car or bus. The Heart of Finland is located along Highway 4 and the Blue Highway, i.e. Road 77. You can also easily find accommodation along the highways if you decide to continue further from here to Lapland.

The tourist marketing in the Lomaseutu holiday region is handled by development company Kehittämisyhtiö Witas. Accommodation and programme services can be booked from our local booking service the Heart of Finland Booking Centre.
We live in harmony with nature and work consistently for sustainable tourism in the area. When you book services from us, you always support local businesses because all our travel agencies are small local companies. Some of the companies give a share of their profits to charity.

Read more on our small, pleasant municipalities below.






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The Granny from Pihtipudas

Lomaseutu on the map


Viitasaari – Pihtipudas 38 km
Pihtipudas – Kinnula 46 km
Kinnula – Viitasaari 65 km
Viitasaari – Kivijärvi 64 km
Kinnula – Kivijärvi 33 km
Kivijärvi – Pihtipudas 54 km

From Viitasaari to

Helsinkiin 380 km
Jyväskylään 97 km
Ouluun 240 km
Kuopioon 140 km
Kokkolaan 190 km
Vaasaan 240km

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