Padasjoki is a municipality in the Päijänne Tavastia region of Southern Finland. It is located on the western bank of Lake Päijänne.


Padasjoki parish is known from the 15th century. The Padasjoki river has been an important waterway since prehistoric times. There are hundreds of lakes in the municipality. Lake Vesijako is a bifurcation, its water flowing both via Kokemäki river to the Gulf of Bothnia and via Päijänne and Kymijoki to the Gulf of Finland.

Päijänne National Park and Evo National Hiking Area are partly in Padasjoki.

Get in

Padasjoki is located on Highway 24 from Lahti to Jämsä (former national road 4, "Vanha nelostie"). Highway 53 leads to Hämeenlinna. Your options for getting in are car or bus.

Buses between Helsinki and Jyväskylä pass Padasjoki mostly once an hour in daytime, via Lahti and Jämsä, where there are railway stations. Many buses   stop near Vanha nelostie instead of at the   bus station.

Get around

The centre of Padasjoki is quite large, with points of interests in a few separate areas: by the bus station, by the shopping centre and by the church. There are commercial services also in Taulu near Vanha nelostie and (summertime) by the harbour (  Laivaranta).


Old church in Padasjoki

There is the   church, some art exhibitions and a few local museums – and the natural views.





There are numerous cottages for rent in the municipality, some in connection to full-service tourist activities.

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