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The WestWestern Lakes - Pretty seaside towns and tranquil inland lakes! 
What to see & do

Western Finland is famous for its long sandy beaches, traditional timber built towns, the rocky archipelago off the coastline, rolling fields and serene lakes. The region has long sea faring traditions and due to the region's close proximity to Sweden, strong Swedish cultural influences. In fact, the majority of the pretty seaside towns were originally built by the Swedish Kings at the time when Finland was still ruled by Sweden in the 17th century.  

 

Summer Attractions

Enjoying the long beachesKalajoki Sand Dunes
The beach in Kalajoki is widely regarded as the best and the longest in Finland. The sandy beach area continues for many kilometres and the seaside promenade includes a water and an activity park, an 18-hole golf course, a spa and a swimming pool complex for all weather entertainment. 

Ahtari ZooÄhtäri Zoo
Ähtäri Zoo, that is open all year round, is set in 60 hectares of varied terrain. The Zoo aims to provide animals spacious and natural environment and it specialices in wildlife from the Nordic regions. The inhabitants of the Zoo include lynx, wolverines, moose, wolves and a 32 year old bear couple Santeri and Santra.

7 Bridges Archipelago
The 7 Bridges Archipelago covers the area of Kokkola, Pietarsaari, Luoto, Pedersöre, Kruunupyy and Uusikaarlepyy on the western coastline. All have their own character and driving from one pretty seaside town to the next can be a very enjoying way to spend a leisurely day.  

 

Towns to Visit

Tampere
Tampere is the third largest town in Finland and a bustling city boasting a number of family friendly attractions. The
Särkänniemi adventure park is the second largest in the country, while the quirky Moominvalley Museum has a collection of Moomin books, figures and a computer enabled virtual tour of the famous Moomin House. 

Wasalandia Vaasa
Vaasa is known as the sunniest city in Finland. Visit the Old Town that boasts many historically important buildings and museums or take a ferry to Sweden just 80km across the Gulf of Botnia. Children will love
Wasalandia Amusement Park, where you can visit the Wild West and the Land of the Pirates.

Pori
Pori is a former port that was founded by Duke Johan of Sweden in 1558. Today the town is located about 10km from the sea because the sea has since receded and the land has risen - a unique phenomenon common to the Gulf of Botnia coastline. Pori is particularly known for its Jazz Festival that takes place every June and attracts world famous artists and keen audience.  

 

Rauma Old TownRauma
Rauma is the largest medieval town in Scandinavia and the best surviving example of a traditional timber built town, constructed and detailed in the Nordic style. The oldest buildings in the town date back to the 17th century, while the pattern of narrow streets dates back to as far as the 16th century. The Old Town of Rauma was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. 

 

National Parks

Puurijärvi and Isosuo National Park
The
27 km²
Puurijärvi and Isonsuo National Park is located by Kokemäki River. The park consists of large swamps and a shallow, lush Puurijärvi Lake, that is a popular destination for bird watchers from all around the world. The swamp areas in the park also provide habitat for many different types of birds. 

Seitseminen National Park
The 45,5 km² Seitseminen National Park has many clearly marked nature trails that are ideal for day trips. The scenery varies from swamp and woodland areas to ridges and the park is inhabited by many northern species including pine marten, flying squirrels, cranes, swans and willow grouses.

 

Pyhä-Häkki National Park
The 13km² Pyhä-Häkki National Park consists of ancient trees and untouched forests and is inhabited by many rare birds, insects and plants. Clearly marked marked nature trails offer excellent opportunities for leisurely walks in a fresh air surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Salamajärvi National Park
The 62km² Salamajärvi National Park is one of the largest conservation areas in the southern half of Finland and it consists of mainly  untouched woods, pristine forest lakes, bogs and spring rivers. Enjoy a leisurely walk in the park and try to catch a glimpse of one of the wild forest reindeers, that inhabit the park.  



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