Ähtäri offers a variety of interesting activities around the year.

Ähtäri experiences

Let the nature and surroundings of Ähtäri fascinate you. The hundreds of lakes and impressive ridge landscapes provide wonderful outdoor possibilities.


Ähtäri Zoo

Finland’s first natural environment zoo where you can meet more than 50 different species native to Finland, the Nordic countries, and Asia. Pandahouse, zoo, Farm, Snowpanda Deli & Cafe and Zoo Shop.

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Winter 2020-2021

Spend your winter holiday in Ähtäri: go skiing or hiking, visit a reindeer park, or rent a Fatbike and head out on the snow! Winter is the most active time for the inhabitants of Ähtäri Zoo, and many have changed into magnificent winter coats. Winter holiday 2021 in Ähtäri is packed with activities and action – it is a perfect getaway from day-to-day routines, filled with outdoor experiences and time spent together.

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Outdoor and hiking trails

The beautiful esker and lake sceneries of Ähtäri are at their finest along our hiking tracks and nature trails. There are several different nature trails and fitness tracks in the Ähtäri tourism area.

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Gift Card

Buy your gift cards for accomodations and activities in Ähtäri here online!
Finding the perfect gift for someone isn’t always easy.
Gift cards are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

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A brand new 8-lane bowling alley was completed right next to Hotel Mesikämmen in the summer of 2019. The building has around 900 m² of floor space.

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There are 169 lakes of over one hectare in Ähtäri and a few rivers suited for white-water fishing. You may catch a variety of different fish species, including rainbow trout, brown trout, pike-perch, burbot, pike, whitefish, and perch.

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Hiihto kuva:Timo Ahopelto


The Ähtäri area has a ski network with around 150 kilometres of tracks, 80 kilometres of which are traditional cross-country tracks maintained with a Paana snow groomer.

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We here in Ähtäri want to do everything in our power to ensure that spending a holiday in Ähtäri is safe for everyone, now as well as in the future. Please note that if you have been placed into quarantine in your hometown due to travel abroad or exposure to COVID-19, the same regulations also apply in Ähtäri. We kindly ask all visitors to comply with the current instructions!

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Ähtäri Golf

The Ähtäri tourism area features an 18-hole golf course in a beautiful lakeside setting. The area offers plenty of accommodation choices ranging from luxurious villas to hotels and cottages. There is also a 6-hole practice course right next to the larger golf course.



Padel has arrived in Ähtäri! Padel Ähtäri is the perfect place to try a game of Padel which is rapidly becoming more and more popular in Finland. We offer two top-quality outdoor courts that are well-suited for first-timers and experienced players alike. The courts are available with reservation, and we also offer Padel equipment for rent. Come and enjoy a game of Padel!


Disc golf

There are several disc golf courses in the Ähtäri area.

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The Ähtäri fishing area covers a total of around 14,100 hectares of water area in Lehtimäki, Soini and Ähtäri. Thanks to long-term efforts, the fish stock in Ähtäri waters is in a very good shape.

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Visit Ähtäri

Welcome to South Ostrobothnia! The City of Ähtäri is located within only a 3.5- hour drive from Helsinki. Come and explore the astonishing nature. Here you will find fresh air and countless clean lakes surrounded by a pristine forest landscape, providing you with the ultimate outdoor experience.