The Tischas trail is a 4.5 km long hike, which is best started at the Tiskaretjärn nature reserve car park, where in addition to parking, you can find information boards, picnic tables and a chemical toilet. 

Good to know:

  • Trail length: 4,5 kilometres. Can be combined with other trails in the area.
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Distance to Sunne: 37 kilometres
  • Starting point: Tiskaretjärn nature reserve >

The nature reserve

This trail takes you through the Tiskaretjärn nature reserve, which is an old Finnish farm with an active old-fashioned agriculture, where the meadow flowers thrive and the grass is cut by scythe. During the spring, the lush Atikullen hillside is covered with hazel and blossoms with hazel and blue anemones. The hyperite rock foundation enables species to thrive here, that are not so common in other areas.

Gården vid Tiskaretjärn

Coffee break at the cow pasture

The hilly, old-fashioned landscape is covered in the early summer by fragrant meadow flowers, which you can enjoy from the marked path, there is also a picnic table available, where you can enjoy your picnic beside the tranquil red poll cows grazing in the pasture next door.

Tiskaretjärn naturreservat

Meadow plants as in the old days

Atikullen is named after the Finnish word ‘Authio’, which means solitary; ‘Solitary Hill’. This site will take you back to the farms described in many of Astrid Lindgren’s books for children. Here you can find meadow plants such as: cat’s foot, yellow rattle, mountain arnica, fox-and-cubs, gentians and knotweed. 

School teacher taught 3,000 children to read

You pass a stile over the fence round the reserve and just outside the reserve you will arrive at the remains of the farm Where Nool in Tischan (North Tiskare woodland lake) lived in the 18th century – the legendary school master, Matthes Matthesson, who on his own initiative taught over 3,000 Finnish children to read and write. An information board is available that tells a part of the story. There is also a book telling the story of the “Schoolmaster” by Jan-Olov Nilsson. One understands that many people lived here at that time. 

Dance floor in the middle of the forest

Your hike will then continue along forest paths and you will come out on the old carriageway, which was used before the current gravel roads were built. The old dirt road takes you over the outlet from Lake Tiskaretjärn and past the old dance floor, which existed until the 1940s, and then was rebuilt at the end of the 20th century. It is now beginning to decay again and stands there unused. A 1970s-style outdoor toilet can be found by the path and the dance floor, this small building is actually an experience in itself. 

Tiskaretjärn woodland lake

You will now follow roads around the lake, first a small forest road, in principle, without traffic and then the gravel road that connects to the reserve. The gravel road follows the beaches of the Tiskaretjärn and offers opportunities to sit down and enjoy the water’s reflections. This is also a breeding ground for the black-throated loon, and if you are lucky, you can listen to its lonely, sad cry. After leaving the beaches of Tiskaretjärn behind you, you will also pass Hundtjärn lake, where you can fish if you have bought a permit, and perhaps land a perch or a planted game fish. After the small pond comes a larger one, which is known as little Tiskaretjärn, as it has the same shape as Tiskaretjärn. 

Seven crofts are passed by the trail

Opposite the latter-mentioned pond is the croft called Tjärn, which is one of the 7 crofts that belonged to the Tiskaretjärn farm. The trail follows some of the same route as the longer Tiskaretjärn trail, between the nature reserve and the larger gravel road, when the train continues along the shore of the lake, the Tiskaretjärn trail goes directly up to the Kalvhöjden nature reserve. When you start your hike after the beach, you will have an interesting mountain slope, on your other side.