Jämi is located on the west coast of Finland, in the Satakunta region. Jämi is about an hour´s drive from Tampere and Pori (approx. distance 75 km). From the Helsinki metropolitan area it´s about three hours drive to Jämi. Nearest towns are Ikaalinen and Kankaanpää (25 km to Jämi).
Jämi area belongs to the esker protection program. Part of Jämi also receives protection as a conservation area because of it´s rare plants. At summertime, hiking on Jämi is a great experience, thanks to area´s biodiversity. From Jämi you can find Finland´s highest eskers, deep kettle holes and clear-water springs (e.g. Uhrilähde and Kylmänmyllynlähde). During winter season the landscape is covered with deep snow. Jämi area is ideal for hiking and skiing. Along the skiing tracks and hiking paths there is a large network of huts and lean-tos. Hiking maps and other useful information for exploring Jämi surroundings you can find from website www.nationalparks.fi
Soininharju and Koivistonharju (eskers)
Hämeenkangas´ eskers were formed during the Ice Ages, when masses of ice and melt waters created esker formations. An unique geology and special vegetation makes esker areas and their nature very precious. Soininharju raises over 184,5 meters over the sea level and 85 meters higher than nearest municipality Jämijärvi. Hämeenkangas has a rich amount of animal species and an abundant vegetation, including some rare plants and birds.
Niiniharju esker is known of it´s linden forests. It´s a relic of times following Ice Ages, when hardwood trees were more common in Finland. Niiniharju hardwood forests are special due to areas geology. On the top of rough gravel and sand base, a layer of fine sand has formed. Compared to surrounding areas, this layer is very rich in nutrients. Thanks to areas biodiversity, on Niiniharju you can see various types of wood and flora, including e.g. brackens and vast amount of blueberry-related plants.
Uhrilähde (spring)Uhrilähde is the most famous spring of Hämeenkangas. The bottom of spring is in constant motion: through the holes in soil´s sand layers, part of the crystal clear groundwater gushes out. As a result of this motion, the spring stays ice-free all year around. Around the spring some very rare plants can be found, e.g. Chrysosplenium alternifolium and Carex paniculata. Uhrilähde has been named after an ancient belief about it´s healing powers. Uhrilähde (offering or sacrifice spring) was a place, where people came to find healing for e.g. eye ailments. A sacrifice was made by throwing an offering into the depths of the bottomless spring.
Jämi nature observation towerBuilt in 2000 on Soininharju, 20 meters high Jämi nature observation tower offers a wide view around the surrounding landscape. The tower can hold maximum 40 people at the same time. The tower is 200 meters above sea level.
Koivistonvati (kettle hole)The kettle holes of Hämeenkangas, which are called as ”vati” in Jämi, are also remnants of the Ice Ace. Koivistonvati kettle hole has survived through times in it´s original state. It´s 200 meters wide and 25 meters deep. Over time, other kettle holes Isovati and Niiniharjunvati have offered an ideal surroundings for downhill skiing. Nowadays downhill skiing is allowed only in Niiniharjunvati.