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Get to know Vaasa on foot

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.

Walking routes

  • Sunday walks with Vaasan kävelyklubi

    Market Square, Alatori, Vaasa

    If you go for a walk with the members of the walking club, you will get to know Vaasa and its inhabitants better at the same time! For 20 years, the club’s members have walked 10 km every Sunday. The Sunday walks always start from the market square (by the statue) at 10 am. and go in different directions around Vaasa, the pace is set by the participants and no one is left alone.

    Organizer Vaasan Kävelyklubi ry, but you do not need to be a member of the club to participate in these hikes, all hiking enthusiasts are welcome.

    Also note the Vaasan Marssi walking event in your calendar! The event, which is held annually in August, offers a chance to meet new people and see fantastic nature.

    +358 407361238

    helena.kyrolainen@netikka.fi

    https://www.vaasanmarssi.fi/english/vaasan-kavelyklubi-ry/

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  • Market square route 1.3 km

    Vaasa

    In this guide, you will find a walking route that goes around the market square and City Hall with a lot of interesting things to see and learn on the way. There are also walking guides with longer routes
    available.

    We hope that this walking guide will help you to discover the rich variety of nature, culture and history that are in our immediate environment.

    Paper version of the guide can be bought at Visit Vaasa’s tourist information. Price 1 €.

    Open the digital route map.

    Down load PDF-version of the guide.

  • North Beach Round 2.5 km

    Vasa

    In this guide, you will find a walking route that goes northwards from the City Hall and back along the shore with a lot of interesting things to see and learn on the way. There are also walking guides with other routes available.

    We hope that this walking guide will help you to discover the rich variety of nature, culture and history that are in our immediate environment.

    Paper version of the guide can be bought at Visit Vaasa’s tourist information. Price 1 €.

    Open the digital route map.

    Down load PDF-version of the guide.

Natur trails and hiking in Vaasa

  • City Bay trail

    Kalaranta, Rantakatu, Vaasa

    The first part of the nature trail around Vaasa Southern City Bay (Eteläinen kaupunginselkä – Södra Stadsfjärden) is now complete (opening 1.6.2022). The ten kilometer long trail runs along the shores of Vaasa from Kalaranta all the way to Risö, and along the trail, new rest areas and a completely new bridge over the Old Vaasa canal have been built.

    Facts about the route

    • Kalaranta-Risö is the beginning of an approximately 30 kilometers long outdoor trail around the City Bay.
    • Along the trail, rest areas, benches and landing places for paddlers have been built. In addition, the lighting and signs have been improved.
    • On the trail there are several culturally and historically valuable objects, which signs erected along the trail tell more about.
    • The trail is mostly accessible and, for example, from Suvilahti there is a two-meter-wide accessible passage all the way to Majakkakivi.

     

  • Edvin's Path

    Aleksis Kiventie 59, Vaasa

    History and culture in the form of Edvin Hevonkoski’s wooden and metal sculptures, in the middle of the nature along  the nature trail in Asevelikylä. At the moment there are over 100 named works of art or groups of works of art. The Korsu Museum consists of a crew bunker filled with wartime objects, the maintenance bunker Töpinä and a smoke sauna, all authentic from World War II.

    +358 50 560 6496

    http://asevelikyla.fi/edvininpolku/

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  • The nature trail at Öjberget

    Öjbergintie 98

    Welcome to a walk from the Öjbergsmossen bog to a giant’s pot hole and over a devil’s field to the dwarfed pinetree-covered meteorite-crater rim of Söderfjärden

    Öjberget is located in Sundom, at a 9 km distance from the centre of Vaasa. The trail is 2,5 km long  and the starting point is beside a big information board in Öjberget´s stadium area.

    Öjberget is a unique ”mountain landscape” for the Ostrobothnian coast, with its highest point at an elevation of 50 metres. It is a magically rocky landscape with very old dwarfed pine trees, dramatic rocky formations, a giant’s kettle, and an ancient shore area called the Devil’s Field

    The most ancient traces of human activity in the area of Vaasa are also found here. The findings originate from the Stone Age about 4,000 years ago.

    In the outlook tower(+65 m a.s.l.) on the top of the slalom hill there are info boards about what you see in different directions: the meteorite impact crater Söderfjärden, the Kvarken archipelago, the village of Sundom and the centre of Vaasa.

    Information leaflet: http://www.sundom.fi/getfile.php?fid=94

    http://www.sundom.fi/en/what_to_see_in_sundom

  • Öjen nature trail

    Myrgrundintie 163, Vaasa

    Öjen’s nature trail is 4,5 km long. There are 11 information signs along the trail that tell you about the area’s nature, medicinal plants and folk tales. There are also maps showing your location. The trail is easy to walk on because the terrain is fairly flat. However, please remember that the duckboards can be very slippery depending on the weather conditions. It takes about 2,5 to 3 hours to go around the trail.

    Facilities: at the campfire site, there are benches, firewood, an axe and a dry toilet.

    https://www.nationalparks.fi/ojen

  • Pilvilampi receationarea

    Kappelinmäentie 215, Vaasa

    The Pilvilampi recreational area is located approximately nine kilometers east of the city centre. It makes up a proportion of an elongated ridge, of which includes Höstvesi and continues north of Vaasa. The recreational area itself covers an area of roughly 800 hectares. In the winter, the area is ridden with marked cross-country ski trails, which in summer are transformed into bicycle and hiking paths.

    Download brochure for the nature path at Pilvilampi here.

    https://www.vaasa.fi/en/living/freetime/naturevaasa/attractions/natural-environments/pilvilampi/

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Guided walks (June-August)