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A brief introduction to Hyvärilä’s historical facts. The beginnings go back to 1920, when the municipal retirement home at the place called Hyvärilä nowadays opened.
There was not only a retirement home but also a farm including a cowhouse, pigsty and stable and a location helping asylum seekers.

Nearly 60 years later, Hyvärilä started operating as a touristic facility as “Loma-Nurmes Oy” (Holiday-Nurmes company). Many renovations and changes had to be done until the location became a youth centre in 1982. The area of Hyvärilä developed in the following years, many new buildings and constructions such as the Manor Hotel, PielisAreena, the holiday apartments and the freestyle jump ramp were made until it finally became the “Hyvärilä Youth and Holiday Centre” in 2015.

More about the history.


Visiting Hyvärilä and walking around means being confronted with the past usage of the area. The buildings “Unhola”, “Pehtoori” and “Navetta” look pretty old from the outside. Navetta, which offers meeting facilities, has still a charm of stall even inside – the dark wood, the low ceiling.

But Hyvärilä is more that just a part of history. It is a place where people of different age may enjoy silence and many outdoor activities. The restaurant “Pielinen” is a place to go out for lunch or dinner and meet up in Nurmes.
It is a place of education for Finnish youngsters as well as for international youth who comes here in order to exchange.

Here you can see how Hyvärilä looks like in 360° panorama.

What to do


(Pielis golf)Sledging
Beach volleyballSkiing
Outdoor sports grounds
(basketball, football)
Snow shoeing
FishingIce fishing
Various games at Navetta
(camp school equipment)
Ice walking
SUP (standup paddling)
Discovering ElluDiscovering Ellu
Discovering to Bomba areaDiscovering to Bomba area
Bike cycling
Frisbee golf


Labyrinth at Navetta
Bouldering at Navetta and PielisAreena
Gym/ fitness studio
Different sports at PielisAreena
Joining sports teams at PielisAreena (e.g. football, volleyball, badminton)
Handcrafting (jewelry, mug paining, ukulele painting, textile/ bag painting, dream catcher…)

If you want to know more about opportunities at Hyvärilä, have a look here:


Published by olgaschesler

ESC Volunteer in Finland since February 2020 for 9 months.

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