Messilä is an inviting winter sport resort in Lahti. It is located in Hollola, just 10 km from the city of Lahti and about 110 km from Helsinki. Messilä is the most popular ski resort in southern Finland, where there are plenty of fun activities all year round. There are different options to choose from. You can go downhill skiing, sledding, skiing, eating at restaurants or spend the night in the wonderful rental cabins or in a hotel room. These options are conveniently close to the slopes. There are 10 different slopes and one sledding hill.
Pirunpesä (devil’s nest) is a gorge in a nature reserve located in Hollola, close to the city of Lahti, just 1 km from Messilä holiday and outdoor activity resort. It’s nearly 34 hectares in size. The gorge solidified from magma 2,000 million years ago, and you can still see marks from the waves that were present in the ice age. Pirunpesä has been a protected area since the 1950s.
People like to visit Pirunpesä because of its beautiful nature and scenery. You can see many types of different plants there, for example many different species of mosses. You can go for a hike and even camping there. There is a 5-kilometre long path called Tiirismaan kierros (= Tiirismaa route) around the area, and it is marked with red paint and wooden signs.
At Lahden Seudun Luonto (=Lahti’s Regions Nature) website https://www.lahdenseudunluonto.fi/pirunpesa/ you can find more information about Pirunpesä, in addition to some cool videos.
Lahti Sports Centre is a major sports centre in Lahti. There are many different things you can do. For example, during summer you can go swimming, walk around the forest or visit the Ski jump tower observation deck, and during winter you can go skiing. There are about 180 kilometers of cross-country ski tracks in Lahti. The sports centre is internationally known for its ski games called Lahti Ski Games or Salpausselkä Ski Games.
Lahti Ski Games is an annual international competition for Nordic winter sports held at the turn of February-March. The event lasts for three days and includes cross-country skiing, ski jumping and combined sports. All competitions have been part of the World Cup in recent years. During its more than 90-year history, the fireworks seen on Saturday night have become one of the highlights of the Games.