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View to the Jyväskylä Centrum from sight-tower of Harju.

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Jyväskylä is a city located in Central Finland, 147 km from Tampere and 270 km from Helsinki. There are so many students in Jyväskylä (a third of the total population), people call Jyväskylä "Athens of Finland". The city is easy to hitch in or out.

Hitching Out

South-west towards Tampere, Turku (9/E63) or west towards Keuruu (23)

There's a pretty good hh-spot just next to the university's campus called Mattilanniemi. Coming from the center: follow the street called Kauppakatu (the name changes into Seminaarinkatu and then to Alvar Aallon katu). Turn left to Kramsunkatu. There's a bridge for pedestrians over Rantaväylä to the university campus. Don't cross the bridge but go down the small hill to the "shoulder", the side of the road, of Rantaväylä. Walk a bit closer to the traffic lights.

East toward Varkaus, Kuopio, South towards Heinola, Lahti, Helsinki

This is a bit tricky but not impossible. Coming from the center: Cross the bridge that goes through the trainstation. There's a fair center (Messuhalli) on the other side of the train tracks and the road. Walk to the left after the bridge towards the road. Go over a small knee-height fence to the shoulder of the road. Walk on the side of the road a bit more to find a good hh-spot, where the cars have enough space to stop. If this doesn't work out, walk down the road some more until you reach a pedestrian path on your right hand side. Follow it until it goes up in a bridge to cross the highway. Hitchhike before the bridge, because that's where the cars start speeding up.

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