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Nature and natural attractions

Kauhajoki is located on the Ostrobothnian lowlands, at the headwaters of the Kyrönjoki river and nestled up against Lauhanvuori hill, the highest point in western Finland.

Two national parks and the magnificent landscape of the Hyypänjokilaakso river valley will inspire any visitor to pause and admire the diversity of nature. The boundless expanse of the Ostrobothnian lowlands is a breathtaking sight.

Additional information about Lauhanvuori and Kauhaneva National Parks
Seitseminen Visitor Centre
tel.+358 20 564 5270


Lauhanvuori National Park

The area surrounding Lauhanvuori hill is a national park, the slopes of which show the influences of the receding sea as drastically changing vegetation zones, an assortment of different shoreline formations and rock moraines or so-called “devil’s fields”. There are two camping areas in the park, well-equipped campfire sites, a cooking shelter, duckboard trails and an observation tower. The road leading to Lauhanvuori National Park is marked with guide signs for motorists both from the Kauhajoki-Honkajoki road (main road 44) and from Isojoki.


Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

This national park introduces visitors to the natural environment of the large, open bogs. Kauhaneva has two campfire sites, an observation tower and a two-mile duckboard trail. The Pohjankangas area, also included in the park, is part of a pine heath dozens of kilometres long. When approaching from the direction of Kauhajoki (the Karvia-Kauhajoki road no. 670) or Karvia (the Karvia-Kauhajärvi road), the border of the park can be reached via the Kyrönkangas summer road. Access to the duckboard trail is available from both the Nummikangas and Salomaa parking areas. There are guide sites at the northern end of Kauhalampi pond and at Ellinharju ridge.


Hyypänjokilaakso river valley

The Hyypänjokilaakso river valley is a classic example of the gradually changing, manmade landscape of rolling fields of grain along the river valleys of Southern Ostrobothnia.

Located in Kauhajoki, the Hyypänjokilaakso river valley has a very distinctive landscape. Beginning at the southern edge of the town, the valley begins as a four kilometre wide expanse of farmlands and narrows to hardly one kilometre as the valley rises towards the river headwaters. Along the way, the sides of the river valley become gradually higher and steeper, and the landscape becomes more varied. The deep gorges etched by the various channels of the river headwaters are a special natural attraction.

Farmlands and homes line the valley along its entire twenty kilometres length with the farmlands sweeping gently down towards the river. Concentrated mostly along the upper edges of the valley, the homes are not particularly old but the traditional structure of the villages remains. Bogs and the gently rolling ridges of the forest border the river valley.


Lapinkaivo kettle hole

A natural attraction in the southern part of the village of Nummijärvi. The surface of Lapinkaivo is 22 meters below the nearby hilltop of Lapinharju. Lapinkaivo kettle hole is a water-filled crater two or three fathoms deep with a soft sludge base.


Katikka canyon

The terrain of Katikka canyon starts out as a pine forest with a lichen-covered forest floor. A short distance from the path and a spectacular natural scene appears; formed by erosion from Katikka creek over the ages, Katikka canyon drops away as much as twenty metres. As you descend into the canyon, the environment is completely transformed as the dry, barren landscape gives way to an environment dripping with moisture and nearly encased in a coating of verdant moss.


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