Worth a Trip: Fäboda
About 8km west of Jakobstad, the tiny seaside village of Fäboda is well worth a visit.
A gem, the Nanoq Arctic 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 museum includes reconstructions of 18 buildings, including a Greenlandic peat house, a Lapland gold miner's camp and the world's northernmost church. The collection includes Inuit tools, fossils and other Arctic souvenirs.
On a picturesque rocky perch overlooking the beach, the breezy Café Fäboda is the best place to dine for miles around. Specialities include gourmet cheeseburgers on brioche buns, freshly caught whitefish with white wine–butter sauce, and steaks such as Chateaubriand in thyme-Madeira sauce. Coffee and dessert are also divine, as is the glorious view of sea and forest.
There is no public transportation to Fäboda, but it's a popular destination for a bike ride. Rent bicycles from After Eight.