The rest area Lahnajärvi opens in new ownership. The complex includes a café, its own bakery, a restaurant, a farm shop for local producers, a beach open to the public and meeting and accommodation facilities.

Pause The new arrival of Lake Lahnajärvi is led by Pekka Lounio, who first planned to demolish some of the buildings.

- It soon became clear that Lake Lahnajärvi is an important place for both locals and tourists, with so many stories and memories that it seemed almost a civic duty to preserve Lake Lahnajärvi, Lounio says.

Sauli Niinistö, who served as Minister of Finance in 1997, bought the lottery ticket after stopping in Lahnajärvi.


The resting place, which has become familiar to numerous motorists over the decades, is located in the middle of Helsinki and Turku on the shores of Lake Lahnajärvi. The rest area, which was opened under the name Matkamanna in the 1952 Olympic year, was closed in 2008. The new E18 motorway between Helsinki and Turku had a great effect on the decline of the rest area's popularity. Although traffic decreased on Helsingintie, operations resumed in 2015. Before the turn of the decade, the rest area was bankrupt.

Entertainment artist Meiju Suvas on a break in 1997.

Photo: Ulla-Maija Lähteenmäki

In the last decade, Pia Landen was an entrepreneur.

Photo: Vesa-Matti Väärä