The Vaasa Region, situated on the west coast in Finland, is exotic in many ways – and certainly worth exploring.
Finland is full of modest regions, but we are not one of them. We are proud of ourselves and not afraid to let it show.
Would you like a latte and pastry in a cosy café? Or a sausage cooked over a campfire out in the middle of nature?
In the Vaasa Region, you do not need to make that choice. Urban living and great experiences in nature are both part of daily life here for locals and visitors alike.
It may be surprising, but the sea is related to the grain fields of Ostrobothnia. The flat plains you see in this rural landscape rose from the sea over time.
The unique Kvarken Archipelago is Finland's only Natural World Heritage Site on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Together with Sweden's High Coast, the Kvarken Archipelago is the best place in the world to experience and understand the land uplift phenomenon caused by the last Ice Age.Experience Kvarken
In the Vaasa region you do not have to choose, because wonderful nature experiences can easily be combined with urban city life during one and the same journey. Everything is near, so going from one mood and experience to another is quick and convenient. Float on the surface or take a deep dive! Experience the Vaasa region your way.Read the stories
Fresh, clean and locally produced food is good for both the health and the environment. In addition to these good qualities, you can learn a lot about the local culture by getting to know the local food culture as a visitor.Go on a food journey
Here you find Finland’s longest bridge and Stundars museum and cultural centre. The municipality is also home to most of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and parts of the Söderfjärden meteor crater.
The westernmost municipality on mainland Finland is the small and vibrant Korsnäs, also famous for its namesake sweater and its entrepreneurial spirit.
Laihia is well known across Finland for jokes about its stingy residents, and has its own Museum of Stinginess. This vibrant rural municipality offers amazing opportunities for physical activities.
Experience authentic archipelago life on the island of Bergö or visit Åminne for dancing, cottage living or the largest boat museum in Finland. Malax is also known for its locally produced food.
Närpes is famous for its red gold, tomatoes and visitors are also treated to a range of cultural and nature experiences at eg. Fagerö amusement center and at Gåshällan nature reserve.
Explore the historical roots of Ostrobothnia at the interesting historical sites hidden along river Kyrönjoki and Kyrö Distillery producing finest single malt rye whisky and rye gin in an old dairy.
Offers many sporting events, outdoor activities and museums of local history. The Battle of Oravais was fought here in 1808. Active local associations ensure a packed calendar of cultural events.
In Vaasa, you’ll have your pick of charming cafés, quality restaurants, trendy specialty shops, and a wide selection of cultural experiences. Still the nature and the sea is always close.