The city of Hameenlinna stands in southern Finland, midway between Helsinki and Tampere. If you hire a car here you’ll see it’s about 6 miles north of the capital on the E12 highway. The highlights of the surrounding area of lakes and forests includes the popular Aulanko Resort - a vast 19th-century park including gardens, golf courses, spa, shops, and canoeing. It’s 3 miles to the wilderness park at Evo - a popular destination for hiking and canoeing enthusiasts while the less energetic can enjoy scenic boat trips around the interconnecting lakes of the region.