What to do and see in Ostrobothnia, Finland: The Best Places and Tips

August 6, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Discover the best top things to do in Ostrobothnia, Finland including Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, Terranova, Ulrika Eleonora Church, Kyro Distillery Company, Meteoriihi, Kaupungintalo - City Hall, Tropiclandia, Stundars Museum, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Saltkaret.
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1. Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum

Museokatu 3, Vaasa 65100, Finland +358 6 3253800
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum

Reviewed By AdventurePhiles - Dallas, Texas

This is a wonderful museum. It houses the Hedman collection and this used to be their home. There are period rooms and hundreds of art works, Finnish and some masters, including an Etruscan piece. There are ceramics and silver as well. The Hedmans had a large and varied collection. There are details in multiple languages in each of the rooms. The museum also has a geological history, including an excellent 15 minute video in several languages. Natural history of the region is another interesting section. The people at the desk are well informed and one of them described the Hedmans in great detail for us. We would never have known about the Etruscan piece had he not searched us out and offered to answer questions. We really appreciated that.

Museokatu 3, Vaasa 65100, Finland +358 3 5863253800
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Terranova

Reviewed By Ashok-Seenu - Singapore

Terranova is one of three permanent exhibits in the OstroBothnian Museum. We visited the museum specifically to see Terranova and it did not disappoint. The presentation of the geological phenomenon of the Kvarken Archipelago was engaging and interesting. We also learnt a lot about the Gulf of Bothnia, the Bothnian Sea and the Baltic Sea and what makes them special. The ecology, the flora and the fauna of the region were also interestingly presented. Best of all, it was compact and not too complicated or detailed for a lay person. We would highly recommend Terranova for anyone interested in geography (not necessarily just the region). It is possibly the best museum dedicated to geography and geology that we have seen anywhere.

3. Ulrika Eleonora Church

Kyrkogatan, Kristiinankaupunki 64100, Finland
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Ulrika Eleonora Church

Reviewed By SakuKim

The original church burned and rebuilt in 1700. This over 300 yeard old church is mainly open in summertime and not used as a traditional church. If you visit the town, you might feel interested in more details of this building as it has a very long history. I have seen the church daily for decades so I used to be very used to it, but know when visiting, it has to be shown to children. Recommend for couples and family with smaller children.

4. Kyro Distillery Company

61500 Isokyro, Finland Oltermannintie 6, Isokyro 61500, Finland +358 40 0748174
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5 based on 11 reviews

Kyro Distillery Company

Kyro Distillery Company produces 100% rye malt whisky and rye based gin. It's located in an old dairy built in 1908, and is located in Isokyro, 40 km's from Vaasa and Seinajoki. Distillery bar hosts distillery tours and tastings first Saturday every month 6.30pm, and other Saturdays 4:30pm or with reservation. Dinner packages available for groups min 10 people, booking in advance required. Bar open first Saturday of the month 4pm till midnight with live music, and other Saturdays 4pm to 7pm.

Reviewed By daniellax - Turku, Finland

Can't believe no one has written a review yet. If you are a whisky lover, you must come here - and even if you aren't, this place is a must. It's a jewel in a tiny town in Ostrobothnia area. Kyrö Distillery Company is having...MoreWe'd love to see you around again!

Loisketie | Center of Meteorite Impact, Vaasa, Finland +358 45 6324024
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Meteoriihi

Reviewed By htukk - BC,

This site is well worth visiting as it has a great physical/visual timeline of the AU's and the size of the planets along Loisketie (road) for relative enormity of the size of the sun and the other planets and their relative sizes. The Observatory was NOT open when we visited, but apparently has a telescope inside for studying celestial bodies hundreds of millions of light years out into the universe. There is an observation tower on site that is open all the time and provided us with great views of the magnitude of the impact zone and the birds that feed in the fields.

6. Kaupungintalo - City Hall

Senaatinkatu 1, Vaasa 65100, Finland
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Kaupungintalo - City Hall

Reviewed By Aviv S

Well worth going in to get a flavor of older Vaasa. One gets a sense of why Vaasa served as capital for a while. Walk up the staircase, look at the main hall, then go out and appreciate the building

Kesaepolku 1, Vaasa 65170, Finland +358 20 7961300
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3.5 based on 81 reviews

Tropiclandia

Reviewed By Turf F

Tropiclandia has seen its best days, there is no denying it. Still, on a warm and sunny day, the addon value from the outdoor park is significant. But, on a colder day, you will be pushed back inside by the cold winds blowing from the nearby sea. Interior is showing wear and tear, but the pool itself is nice and warm. They should really consider cutting down the entry price (23e per person, also from kids) as that is just too high for this place. Maybe that's why during our visit the spa was quite empty.

8. Stundars Museum

Stundarsvagen 5, Solf, Korsholm 65450, Finland +358 6 3442200
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Stundars Museum

Come and experience life as it may have been at the turn of the 20th century in the countryside in Ostrobothnia. Stundars open air museum consists of seventy buildnings that have all been relocated from villages in Korsholm and the Vaasa region. There is a country shop, a village school and a farmhouse as wess as many artisans' workshops and crofters' cottages.

Reviewed By NoWordsOfWisdom - Turku, Finland

Stundars isn't very big. It has a fair amount of houses but the area itself won't keep you busy for more than maybe an hour. If you go with a group you can get a guided tour.
What I like to do after I've visited is go to the cafe/gift shop and buy something to eat and drink. From the gift shop you can buy things like candy, books and soaps.
What's great about Stundars is that they often arrange events and fairs there and on these occasions the atmosphere is usually great. Therefore I would advice people to try and visit when there is an event of some kind.

9. Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art

Sisaesatama, Vaasa 65100, Finland +358 6 3253920
Excellent
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art

Reviewed By MC0777 - Oulu, Finland

This art museum is big and architecturally beautiful building. This time there was an exhibiton of one person. Luckily I visited in there during the celebration of Vaasa, so there we no entrance fee - like usually. The place has a small museum shop, but this time the cafeterias was not open.

10. Saltkaret

Svedjehamn | Raippaluoto, Mustasaari 65870, Finland
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Saltkaret

Reviewed By Darth_Owl - Finland

An impressive view of Kvarken Archipelago from the observation tower Saltkaret in Svedjehamn harbour. This is in about 45 minutes drive from Vaasa, and worth the trip. Svedjehamn is also a great place for a picnic and provides a great view of the sea, too.

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