Attractions

Top Choice Architecture in Pori

Villa Mairea

This fantastic villa is considered one of the 20th century's architectural masterpieces and the pinnacle of Alvar Aalto's career. It is the former home of industrialists Harry and Maire Gullichsen, who were avid art…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Rauma

Sammallahdenmäki

The Unesco World Heritage–listed Bronze Age burial complex Sammallahdenmäki dates back more than 3500 years. Thirty-six stone burial cairns of different shapes and sizes are spread over a kilometre of forest. The tw…
Top Choice Church in Seinäjoki

Lakeuden Risti Kirkko

Alvar Aalto’s crowning achievement, Lakeuden Risti Church, is recognisable by its oddly secular steeple–clock tower (built with funds from a voluntary church tax, by the way). You’ll get a great perspective on the A…
Top Choice Museum in Finland's West Coast

Nanoq Arctic Museum

About 8km west of Jakobstad, this gem of a museum is the private achievement of Pentti Kronqvist, who has made several expeditions to study the indigenous cultures of the Arctic. Surrounded by forest, the open-air m…
Top Choice Museum in Vaasa

Pohjanmaan Museo

This dynamic, modern regional museum is divided into three sections. Downstairs, Terranova has a brilliant evocation of the region’s natural history – complete with dioramas and storm-and-lightning effects. This is …
Top Choice Museum in Uusikaupunki

Bonk Museum

The creation of local artist Alvar Gullichsen, this spoof museum–art installation is a classic display of oddball Finnish humour. In great detail, it traces the rise of the Bonk dynasty, which rose from humble fishe…
Island in Kokkola

Tankar Island

This lighthouse island, 18km northwest of Kokkola, offered safe passage through tangled waters, starting in 1889. Now it makes a popular day trip for birdwatching, nature walks and salmon soup at the pierside Café T…
Church in Uusikaupunki

Vanha Kirkko

The lovely 17th-century Vanha Kirkko is one of the highlights of Uusikaupunki. In keeping with the maritime roots of its parishioners, it has a star-spangled, barrel-vaulted roof that resembles a ship’s hull. The in…
Museum in Vaasa

Stundars Handicraft Village

In the attractive village of Solf (Finnish: Sulva), about 15km south of Vaasa, is this fine open-air museum and crafts centre. Its 60 traditional wooden buildings were moved here from surrounding villages and includ…
Old Town in Kokkola

Neristan

Neristan was once the working-class quarter of Kokkola, home to sailors, fisherfolk and artisans. The narrow streets are lined with their colourful wooden cottages, which makes for a pleasant wander. Isokatu and Lät…