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Travel to the Vaasa region in responsible way

Sustainable tourism is tourism operation that takes into account the economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts, taking into account the needs of tourists, tourist destinations, the environment and the local population now and in the future. In practice, sustainable tourism and responsibility can be seen in a tourism company, for example in the recycling of a tourism company’s waste, serving locally produced food and in the employment of locals.

Working for and towards sustainable tourism is our common cause

At Visit Vaasa, we do our best to achieve the goal of sustainable tourism and strive to ensure the preservation of our unique environment and cultural heritage for future generations. Taking care of them is is our common cause.

Responsible tourism starts with small acts – with small steps and providing and sharing information we aim to play our part in more sustainable tourism. That’s why we’ve put together tips and advice for responsible and eco-friendly travelers on this page. Pick up the tips and travel responsibly to the Vaasa region!

How can you participate and support sustainable tourism in the Vaasa region?

We have listed tourism companies in the Vaasa region below that have completed Visit Finland’s STF program and / or have been granted an environmental certificate supporting sustainable tourism.

Arrive and move sustainably

  • Two countries, two cities and the beautiful Kvarken Archipelago in between. Wasaline carries hundreds of passengers between Umeå and Vaasa every day with its ferry offering a variety of restaurants and events.

    Wasaline’s ship Aurora Botnia is designed and built for the route Vaasa–Umeå. The ferry is equipped with the latest environmental technology and runs on climate-smart renewable fuels. The cabins and public spaces are decorated using recycled materials. E.g. the table tops and counters are made from recycled plastic, and the cabin carpets contain fibres from recycled fishing nets. The age of modern, sustainable travel in the Bothnian Gulf has begun!

    https://www.wasaline.com/en/

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  • INGSVA

    https://www.ingsva.fi/?lang=en

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  • Mini-Lifti shared cars

    Mini-Lifti is a car sharing concept for all Vaasa residents. On weekdays, the cars are used by city employees, but in the evenings and weekends anyone can rent them freely.

    https://www.vaasa.fi/en/living/traffic-and-streets/mini-lifti-shared-cars/

Choose sustainable accommodation

  • GreenStar Hotel Vaasa

    Myllykatu 17, Vaasa

    The environmentally friendly and carbon-neutral hotel chain GreenStar has just opened a new hotel in Vaasa, located only a short walk away from the rail and bus station and near to Vaasa market square. The hotel’s brand new and bright rooms have been furnished with Finnish wood and sustainable materials. A good night’s sleep is guaranteed by the high-quality, Nordic Ecolabel-certified beds and well-insulated windows. Complimentary organic tea and coffee are available in the lobby. Guests can wash and dry their laundry for free at the hotel and can store and heat their own food if desired. There are electric car chargers available in the parking area.

    +358 10 423 9393

    vaasa@greenstar.fi

    http://www.greenstar.fi

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  • Original Sokos Hotel Royal Vaasa

    Hovioikeudenpuistikko 18, 65100 Vaasa

    The city centre Original Sokos Hotel Royal Vaasa is by a beautiful esplanade. Vaasa is a compact city with a big city feeling that has everything within walking distance. Our happy staff will guide you to nature walks to the woods and ocean shores or to have a nice cup of coffee at the market square or in one of the many cafes in town. Sunny and happy Vaasa offers energy in many different ways!

    +358 20 123 4619

    royal.vaasa@sokoshotels.fi

    https://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/vaasa/original-sokos-hotel-royal-vaasa

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  • Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Vaasa

    Shopping Center Rewell 101, Vaasa

    Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, Vaasa – the region’s coolest hotel!

    Welcome to Finland’s best Original hotel!
    Vaasa’s Vaakuna is a stylish and unique hotel right in the heart of the city. Its location by the market square close to a shopping centre offers excellent shopping opportunities. The Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and nature are the true gems of Vaasa and its surroundings. We also want you to feel close to nature as our guest.

    At Vaakuna, we want to stand out from the rest, do everything with a big heart and be original. We wish you a warm welcome – with us you are number one!

    A tip for you: the themed rooms in our hotel are absolutely worth seeing and experiencing.

    +358 (0)20 780 8800, (0)20 780 8850

    sales.vaasa@sokoshotels.fi

    https://www.sokoshotels.fi/fi/vaasa/sokos-hotel-vaakuna-vaasa/

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  • It is easy to feel at home and enjoy the relaxed city life in this hotel located close to the Vaasa pedestrian centre. The new, beautifully decorated rooms in the hotel extension and the new event facilities provide versatile solutions for all needs.

    +358 6 357 8100

    vaasa@scandichotels.com

    https://www.scandichotels.fi/vaasa

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  • Hotel Astor Wasa

    Asemakatu 4, Vaasa

    At Hotel Astor Wasa in the centre of Vaasa you can sleep well in one of our 42 high-class furnished rooms. The environment is cosy and our service caters for the needs of the individual. The breakfast is served in the Swedish Gustavian style restaurant accompanied with birds singing and the scent of freshly baked bread.

    +358 6 326 9111

    astor@astorvaasa.fi

    https://www.astorvaasa.fi/

  • Hotel Red & Green

    Närpesvägen 16, Närpiö

    We have 30 well equipped hotel rooms. The suites include a living room, bedroom and sauna. All rooms have a hair dryer, minibar, water cooker and an ironing board/iron. All of our guests also have access to the common sauna, ask the reception about the hours. If you arrive by car, parking is free next to the hotel.

    +358 6 823 8400

    sales@hotelredgreen.fi

    http://www.hotelredgreen.fi/

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  • Hotel Vallonia

    Keskustie 3, Mustasaari

    Cosy and nice business, conference and family hotel in Mustasaari, a stone’s throw from the centre of Vaasa. The hotel rooms are large and some have a sauna of their own and mini kitchen. There are many conference rooms with modern equipment. The restaurant serves homely fare and á la carte dishes.

    +358 6 328 8200

    info@vallonia.fi

    http://www.vallonia.fi

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Visit sustainable tourist destinations

  • Kyrö Home - restaurant and visitors center

    Oltermannintie 6, Isokyrö

    Visit Kyrö Distillery Home in an old dairy in the peculiar village of Isokyrö.
    Join a distillery tour at Kyrö Distillery, tasting or just come for a cocktail and enjoy the atmosphere.

    • On the Distillery tour the story behind Kyrö genuinely comes to life.
    • Tasting – Besides the products you can enjoy the stories behind them.
    • Kyrö Restaurant – Seeking experiences? Come and enjoy local delicacies in Isokyrö.

    Weekly tours during the summer months, check the dates and times on the company’s web page.

    You can also visit virtually.

    visit@kyrodistillery.com

    https://visit.kyrodistillery.com/

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  • Meteoria Söderfjärden

    Marenintie 294, Vaasa

    Söderfjärdenin Meteoriihi

    Meteoria Söderfjärden is a unique visiting centre in the middle of the most beautiful meteorite crater in Finland

    • An advanced exhibition telling  a long story of at least 520 million years of Söderfjärden
      – from an impact crater to the agricultural and Natura 2000 area of today
    • A well-equipped astronomical observatory with a telescope for studies of celestial bodies millions of light years out into the universe
    • A bird-watching tower in the middle of the most important resting area for cranes in Finland
    • A cafeteria in an old treshing barn
    • A model of our solar system, a model of the crater an a timeline of earths history: TellusTimeLine
    • An energy cellar – own production of renewable energy: solar and wind
    • An exhibition with unique meteorites and an exhibition with old farming machinery

    The exhibition is open for individuals and small groups during the opening hours. An exhibition tour on other hours than the usual opening hours, can easily be arranged for bigger groups simply by booking online.

    A certified crater guide is always present on normal opening hours and other hours, if booked in advance.

    The bird watching tower and the exhibition outside the building is available free of charge, every hour per day and every day per year.

    +358 50 556 5199

    meteoria@sundom.fi

    http://www.meteoria.fi/en

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  • Corneila

    Vasavägen 10, Närpes

    Welcome to Cornelia! Cornelia is a lifestyle shop and café situated in Närpes on the westcoast.

    +358 45 855 5433

    info@cornelia.fi

    http://www.cornelia.fi/sv/

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Eat at responsible restaurant

  • Red & Green

    Närpesvägen 16, Närpiö

    The central meeting-point for guests from far and near – We offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. We serve classic food made from the best raw materials available from the region, influenced by Europe, in accordance with the season.

    +358 6 823 8400

    sales@hotelredgreen.fi

    https://www.hotelredgreen.fi/en/about-our-restaurant

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  • Silveria

    Ruutikellarintie 4, Vasa

    Welcome, let us host your meetings and conferences with great food and excellent service! Vamias restaurant Silveria’s auditorium seats 180 people, and our conference room Ernst serves up to 12 people.

     

     

    +358 40 770 9236

    myynti.silveria@vamia.fi

    http://www.silveria.fi

  • Vallonia

    Keskustie 3, Mustasaari

    The restaurant serves you at breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In the evening you can choose between various á la carte dishes or try our magnificent evening buffet.

    +358 6 328 8200

    info@vallonia.fi

    http://www.vallonia.fi

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Other tips for responsible travel in Vaasa region

Arrive comfortably by train or boat

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Vaasa and the Vaasa region are located with excellent transport connections. You can easily travel by train (travel time from Seinäjoki to 1 hour, from Tampere to 2.5 hours, from Helsinki and Jyväskylä to 4 hours and from Oulu to 5 hours). By traveling on public transport, you reduce your impact on the environment.

From Umeå, it is easy to sail to Vaasa on the world’s most environmentally friendly passenger ship Aurora M / S Botnia. Wasora’s Aurora Botnia has been awarded a Key Flag. Read more of  Wasaline here.

Explore Vaasa by foot

It is easy to explore and get the know Vaasa by foot.  The center of Vaasa is compact in size and short transitions in the city center are also considered by many locals to be the best aspects of Vaasa. Central Vaasa is filled with fine architectural history and the buildings have many interesting stories to tell. Experience the city on foot in the footsteps of architects from different ages or jump into the world of past cultural influences. Choose a guided walk or go out and discover Vaasa on your own.Check out the walking routes of Vaasa here.

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Enjoy and explore the area by bike

A bike is worth renting if you want to see the city a little outside the city center. For example, a bike trip to Strömsö is a nice day trip, and a tour of the surrounding municipalities will take you longer to see. The stunning nature and peace of the countryside are surprisingly close. Read more!

 

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Also consider sustainability in outdoor activities

In order for our pure nature to be preserved for the next generations it is a good idea to remember the Outdoor Etiquette and respect nature. Move on marked routes, open fire only in the places marked for them, respect fellow travelers and take your rubbish away when you leave. Check out the Outdoor Etiquette here.

 

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Diverse local production

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Vaasa region tourist brochures and maps

Reduce the use of paper material, read and download the brochures and maps in digital form.

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