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The Lake Country of Finland: Lake Näsijärvi Reflections

The Finnish lake country with its 187 000 lakes is the perfect summer destination. There are lakes to suit all tastes – small and big, narrow and wide – and on calm days they all reflect like a mirror.

I was boating on Lake Näsijärvi, the 16th of the lakes in size and made this photo gallery to show you the extraordinary beauty of the Finnish summer.

I was using my own boat but there are cruises that follow the same itinerary, and on other lakes you can find more cruises. Or why not rent a lakeside cottage and get the views to your own porch?

Virrat boat sheds, Lake Näsijärvi

Lake Näsijärvi waterway: Virrat boat sheds

This post will show you Lake Näsijärvi in Western Finland. It’s my favorite lake to boat on. The Näsijärvi boating season is from May to September and something I really look forward to, year after year.

Lake Näsijärvi on the Map


So this is the southern and central part of Finland and I marked Lake Näsijärvi on the map. To get a closer look at the lake zoom in the map and you will see the long, winding waterway more in detail.

Näsijärvi has the city of Tampere at its south end and proceeding towards north there are the small communities of Ruovesi, Vilppula and Virrat. The waterway of Näsijärvi is 120 km long in all.

Boating on Lake Näsijärvi: Tampere to Virrat

Näsinneula, Tampere

In Tampere: walking on the pier and getting ready for a boat trip


Näsinneula, Tampere

I can see the Näsinneula tower upside down in the dark water


Mustalahti harbor Tampere

Old wooden ferries parked in Mustalahti harbor, Tampere


S/S Näsijärvi II

One of them was given the same name as the lake.


Särkänniemi amusement park Tampere

Amusement park full of life beyond the bay.


Lake Näsijärvi, Finland

But let’s take the boat and set off.


Lake Näsijärvi shiningin the sun

What is it like on the lake and where should we go?


Kämmenniemi old bridge

Next stop:  Aunessilta stone bridge, the gateway to the 10 km long Paarlahti fjord.


The reflecting Lake Näsijärvi , Finland

The lake is like a mirror. This is what summertime in Finland is made of!


Boating on Lake Näsijärvi

Meeting other boats along the way


Finnish inland lake boat route

Boating on Finnish lakes is easy, just follow the marked routes.


Lake Näsijärvi reflection

Drive on – and look at the reflections!


Mustalahti bay, Virrat, Lake Näsijärvi

This is the tiny Mustalahti bay in the north of the waterway.


Mustalahti bay, Virrat, Lake Näsijärvi

It’s just one of the beautiful bays and a nice side trip. Imagine staying in this farmhouse…


A Finnish lakeside cottage

…or in this little cottage located right by the lake!


S/S Tarjanne reflection, Lake Näsijärvi

Reflection of the biggest of the boats, S/S Tarjanne


Approaching Virrat from the lake

After hundreds of bends and turns…

Virrat Boat Sheds

Virrat boat sheds, Lake Näsijärvi

… Virrat harbor and its old red wooden boat sheds.


Virrat boat sheds, Lake Näsijärvi

… and the reflections of these boat sheds!


Virrat boat shed and bay

Time to step ashore, have a meal – and look at the sheds from the park.


A leaning boat shed, Virrat

Some of them are leaning but all of them are still in use.


Virrat boat sheds before storm

Old or new, they all look so good…

Sun and Storm on the Lake

Thunder storm approaching from the lake

… even in a thunderstorm that makes us leave the harbor.


Syvinginsalmi bridge, Näsijärvi waterway

The northern waterway has some high bridges.


Lake Näsijärvi swan

White swans raise their families in sea grass.


Steamship s/s Tarjanne

The lake cruiser S/S Tarjanne: still going strong after more than 100 years in traffic.


Storm on a Finnish lake

View from my boat window in a summer storm.


Ruovesi guest harbor

Ruovesi boat harbor has good guest piers and dining options – a great place for a stop.


S/S Tarjanne inland lake cruiser

S/S Tarjanne entering Ruovesi.

Entering Murole Canal

Lake Näsijärvi boat pier

Waiting my turn to enter the Murole canal


Entering the Murole canal

Time to enter!


In Murole canal

Hold the ropes, they are raising the water level


S/S Tarjanne Lake Näsijärvi

If there is route traffic you’ll have to let them go first.


Photographing the lake

Lake Näsijärvi is a dream destination for photographers…


Ruovesi rock paintings, Näsijärvi waterway

… at least where there are rock paintings.


Lake Näsijärvi rocky shore

These rocks don’t have any paintings, this is one of our favorite picnic islands.

Evening in the Finnish Lake Country

Camping on a Lake Näsijärvi island

Island hopping on Lake Näsijärvi


Camp fire by Lake Näsijärvi

For us, camping on small islands means real luxury.


Lake Näsijärvi sunset

Sunset seen from our tent door. It’s almost midnight.


Island camping by boat

Time to start preparing for the night: mosquito nets on all doors and windows.


Lake Näsijärvi after sunset

After the sunset there are different shades.


Lake after sunset, Finland

I think the time after sunset is even more beautiful than the sunset itself.


Lake Näsijärvi after sunset

The midnight lake really reflects everything…


Lake and mist after sunset, Finland

… until night mist comes.


Blue moment after sunset, Finland

Later at night it gets all blue.


Blue moment after sunset, Finland

Can you see how blue everything is?


Lake Näsijärvi reflections, after sunset

It’s the blue and white colors of Finland!

More Information on Lake Näsijärvi

What is Lake Näsijärvi like in winter?

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Lake Näsijärvi misty morning

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  1. What a great article, thanks for this!

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