There is a nice area about 5 kilometersfrom centre where you can kayakin around 7 lakes, fish or just treck in the forest. I update the review later, here are the show conditions today (17th Nov 2012).
62‹43Œ30N and 29‹01Œ05E
There is a lot of nature around Outokumpu. You can take a canoe trip around seven lakes, trek around forest (wild or marked route), there is a small beach for sun bathing and swimming and you can find a lot of animals, at least birds and butterflies. If you are lucke you meet a Eurasian Lynx (I have been lucky only once).
Main photo from the beach.
Butterflies in pictures were photographed from short tiny road in Western part of the town, some 10 miles from Centre.
You can have some sighgseeing with old train with 1km railroad. Stops are Old mine and restaurant area. So, first go to old mine parking place, check the the tower area, take a train trip to restaurant (Vanha Paja), have a lunch there, check museum and go back with train.
Summer time only and with weather reservations.
If only you have possibility, please visit this place. You can have buffee from 11:00 - 15:00 and ala carte after that. There are a selection of appetisers, main courses and deserts named according to mining phrases like miners place and drillers fillee :) A complimentary to French kittchen is escargotes, which are magnificent. I was close to not mention the pizzas, you can build your own fantasy according to normal filling stuff like ananas, scripms, ham, garling and etc.
As you see from the picture there is mine train station at the yard.
Check the opening times, these are from 2012:
Fri-Sat 11-22 (02)
The place is small, there can be only one place to buy something, but if you are lucky the place is full (more than 5 :) sellers. The rush hours are during July.
What to buy: My recommendations are potatos (local, small produsers) and strawberries! Best taste and reasonable prices.
Local handcrafts are sold seldomly.