When driving away from the rain in Heinola and via their ABC, we found ourselves in a beautiful little town by a lake called Kangasniemi. It’s in the middle of the lake district and maybe 60 kms southwest of Jyväskylä. The place doesn’t have any famous sights as such but we had a good time there. Not to mention how beautiful the drive was with lakes everywhere!
Kangasniemi had a cute little harbour downtown with the market place, fire station (“big truck!!!”) and a good restaurant right next to it. There was also a lovely little garden with all local traditional flowers. Even more exciting: the children were able to search the park for animal statues out of rock. Quite in the middle of the town there was also a cool playground.
The only thing I didn’t like about Kangasniemi (we had some sun too even though all pics seem to be taken when it was cloudy or raining) was the Kiviniemi campsite: it was filthy. The location was great, also by the lake Puula, and the whole layout had great potential, but the facilities were just not cleaned. Also, the summer worker in the reception was not the slightest bit helpful, just sat there playing on his mobile the whole day.
When I saw the owner I had to enquire if they had just opened for the season. The owner responded by asking if I’m one of those people nothing is good enough for. Apparently some women had cleaned the place two days earlier, and it is not his job to keep an eye on the facilities and that they stay tidy. (Who cares that the kitchenettes stink, rubbish bins are full, there is mud on the toilet floors and the spider webs and filth on the walls in the shower cubicles?)
We’ll, we were done driving for the day and pretty self-sufficient in our tent. We only used the fire place for cooking on fire in the wooden teepee shaped shelter (that also could have been great if…), so we stayed, but I definitively do not recommend the place to anyone.