Outdoor Express takes you from the Tampere city centre by bus directly to nature and back. The service is intended for both locals and tourists. The goal is to provide an easy opportunity for hiking for everyone.
Outdoor Express, which operates on weekends between 3.5.-1.9.2024, targets the Seitseminen, Helvetinjärvi and Isojärvi national parks. Upon arrival, you’ll have a few hours to go hiking and enjoy nature. After hiking, you can enjoy refreshments at the cafes and restaurants in the parks. You can also pack your tent and ride back the next day.
In Seitseminen the bus first stops at the Nature Centre, then follows an internal park route to the Kovero Heritage Farm and the accessible nature trail of Saari-Soljanen. At Helvetinjärvi, the destination is the Helvetinportti restaurant, and at Isojärvi, it’s the café of the Heretty Loggers’ Cabin.
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The implementation of the Outdoor Express service is managed by Ekokumppanit Oy. Travel tickets are sold by Matkahuolto and can only be purchased in advance through Matkahuolto’s online store or mobile application. Tickets must be purchased no later than 20 minutes prior to departure. Tilausliikenne Atro Vuolle Oy is the operator of the Outdoor Express bus transportation service.
Note! Pets are allowed on board during Sunday shifts.
Outdoor Express – Destination to nature
The summer 2024 Outdoor Express bus connections have been implemented with the support of Metsähallitus’ National Parks Finland Lakeland nature services and the municipalities of Tampere, Ylöjärvi, Ruovesi, and Kuhmoinen. The service is produced in cooperation with Matkahuolto, Visit Tampere, Ekokumppanit Oy, and the Lake Trails.
The Outdoor Express experiment is part of the development work for the lake and nature tourism roadmap of Tampere. The goal is to test the service’s functionality and to make it a permanent part of the nature tourism service offerings in the Tampere and Pirkanmaa regions.
The tests conducted in autumn 2022, which were part of the development of sustainable travel services carried out in the Sustainable Tourism Mobility project, provide the background for the experiment. The Sustainable Tourism Mobility project is a development project implemented by Visit Tampere, the Baltic Institute of Finland, and the University of Tampere. The project is funded by the Council of Tampere Region’s REACT-EU instrument from the European Union’s COVID-19 pandemic response measures.