Jyvaskyla Airport Mini Guide
Why go to Jyvaskyla?
For a start it’s somewhere different and secondly because of its beautiful location in the heart of the lake district of Finland. The city is on Lake Jyvasjarvi which gives great opportunities for swimming, sunbathing and water sports in the summer and is also popular with skaters in winter. In the city itself there are a number of museums and art galleries which offer free entry on Fridays. There you’ll find out fascinating facts about the city and the region, how it developed geographically and how humans have used nature over the millennia.
How can to the Airport?
The airport only serves one scheduled destination – the capital, Helsinki
. Connecting flights to Heathrow
in the UK
and other major European cities like Amsterdam
are easily found so the journey isn’t impossible whilst there are a number of international chartered holiday flights. A minibus service collects passengers from the airport dropping them at various destinations around the city which is under thirty minutes away.
What is the Airport Like?
With only two main operators, you can imagine that it is quite small. There’s an information desk that can deal with general enquiries but also advises on accommodation and onward travel. There are taxis at the airport to get you into Rovaniemi and also offices of the major car hire companies can be found in the arrivals area. From the airport to the city is well signposted along easy roads. There is help available for passengers with reduced mobility or sight and hearing problems.
Parking is cheap and easy if you are being dropped off. Parents finding their children a handful can make use of the child care facility at the airport whilst sorting out checking in. Once checked in there’s a single café/restaurant called Kerhon Tupa which serves hot and cold meals, light snacks, hot, cold and alcoholic drinks. Shopping is virtually non-existent here with no duty free as the airport serves mainly domestic flights only. The small kiosk sells papers, magazines, sweets and cold drinks.
Jyvaskyla is a very popular destination in Finland. There’s so much to do there both in summer and winter. The lakes nearby have a number of excellent bathing beaches and the water soon heats up in the summer. Plenty of water sports are also on offer there.
There are several marked nature trails around the city offering wonderful views at various points. Being a seat of learning, the authorities have made entry free to the city’s museums and galleries on a Friday. These show the development of the city and its people over its history.