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Isokyrö – Historical battles give rise to new stories of success

Isokyrö is a treasure of stories. Current stories of success and former historical battles offer inspiration, new ideas and material for new fantasystories, no matter if you’re a real history expert or a connoisseur who appreciates a comfortable life. It’s recommended to begin the trip to Isokyrö straight from the morning, since the time flies while visiting the different destinations and getting to know the fascinating stories.

The secret behind a successful trip is that you´re engaged and dig deep into the stories. Don´t settle with visiting the monument of the Isokyrö battle, but engage yourself in the Isokyrö life and culture in the 1700-hundreds. How would it have been fighting in one’s hometown during the last battle of the big Nordic war? Who was general Armfelt really and what was the greather wrath? There is information to get in Napue and at Isokyrös military museum that’s located in the inner city. There’s also a lot of information on Isokyrös website and after a few Google searches you get to know the history well.


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You might recognize the word Napue from a gin bottle rather than as the name of a battlefield? In that case, you should visit Kyrö Destillerys visitingcenter that´s been popular lately. The company was founded in the facilities of an old cheese dairy, and today their business is distilling gin and whiskey.

Don’t forget about the history of the old dairy cooperative. Find out which cheese they were producing as recently until 2006. Fans of cheese will surely find everything they need for a lovely picnic by the Old Church or the nostalgic atmosphere of Pukkilansaari, where you can get to by riding a ferry. That will surely be an adventure for the youngest in the family! Many adults have stories to tell about past summer memories and parties celebrated on the island.


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If the weather is not fit for a picnic, stop by the chocolate cafe. It is located in the same yard as the Kyrö Distillery and Fiini Lifestyle Shop, which are worth paying a visit for.


A successful day makes for stories to tell in the future social gatherings and memories popping up on social media few years from now. Who would you like to share your Isökyrö memories with?

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Julkaissut Raymond Wesander Lauantaina 2. toukokuuta 2020

As your travel guide in Isokyrö, Raymond Wesander.

Text published 27.5.2020.
(Edited 16.7.2021)

  • Isokyrö Homestead museum

    Museotie 163, Isokyrö

    Isonkyron Kotiseutumuseo

    In the Isokyrö Museum can be seen peasant artefacts from the latter half of the 19th century. Everyday utensils are displayed as if the people of the house had just gone to their work outside and left the house for the day. The visitor rather steps into a genuine 19th century milieu than an exhibition.

    The museum is characterized by two traditional 1½-storey Ostrobothnian houses. They are grouped with the outbuildings in a way typical for a traditional courtyard. The main building, the Piuhola house, dates back to 1768 and has been moved to the area from the Kuivila village. The buildings represent the building traditions of the 18th and 19th century. The artefacts in the museum also originate from that period.

  • Isonkyrö main church

    Ruusupurontie 31, Isokyrö

    This church building is from 1877.

    +358 6 471 5800

  • Isokyrö War Museum

    Lukkarinmäentie 1, Isokyrö

    isonkyrön asemiesmuseo

    In the Isokyrö War Museum are displayed objects and stories from all the wars waged by Finland. The specialty of the museum is the cannon park, where there are nine different kinds of cannons on view.

    In the War Museum one can with the help of items and guidance get acquainted with the Gudgel War (a peasant uprising in the kingdom of Sweden in the part that is now Finland), the Hakkapeliittas (Finnish light cavalryman), the Carolinians, the Finnish War in 1808-1809, the First World War, the Civil War in 1918, and the Second World War in 1939-1945. In the vitrines are exposed soldiers’ uniforms and helmets, rifles and other equipment. One can see in the museum men’s attires from the period of the Gudgel War, a file soldier with his wife, an ensign’s uniform from the year 1918, a festive uniform of a lieutenant colonel and the uniform belonging to a member of the Lotta Svärd organization during the Second World War.

    One of the museum’s pearls is a park with nine different kinds of modern era cannons. Here you can see for example an infantry cannon dating back to 1936, a field cannon dating back to 1938 and other cannons from Russia, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden. A Russian horse-drawn field cannon from the year 1902 is one of the oldest weapons in the park. The cannons are no longer in working order, as they have been defused.

  • Kyrö Visitors center Restaurant & Bar

    Oltermannintie 6, Isokyrö

    Kyrö Distillery - Kyrön matkailun edistämiskeskus

    Come visit the distillery built in old dairy premises in Isokyrö.

    In the restaurant of the visitor center, your taste buds will be tantalized by delicious food and rye cocktails. Amidst the excellent flavors, you will hear fascinating stories from Kyrö’s journey, not forgetting about future plans.

    The restaurant is open on Saturdays and for group bookings year-round. Our kitchen food is available for groups with prior reservation. We also organize open dinners where you can participate, for example, with a friend.

    The bar itself is a sight to behold – that a municipality with 4500 inhabitants has its own cocktail bar. During the visitor center’s opening hours or during group visits, our cocktail bar is always open, so we recommend enjoying the Kyrö atmosphere and rye drinks when you visit us.

    Check the opening hours on the company’s website.


  • Leväluhta Water burial ground

    Leväluhdantie 70, Orismala

    The site colloquially known as Leväluhta sacrificial spring is an internationally significant water burial ground from the Iron Age, where bones from nearly a hundred individuals have been found. According to studies, the burial ground was used between the years 300 – 800 AD.

    Over its thousand-year existence, Leväluhta’s shape has changed as a result of land uplift effects. Leväluhta is one of Finland’s most famous archaeological sites and it holds international importance.

    Burying in water was also rare during the Iron Age; cremation of the dead was the prevailing tradition. The reasons for the submersion in Leväluhta are unknown. Even with today’s research, the entire history of Leväluhta is not known. The bones found in the water grave are unusually well-preserved because they have been submerged in oxygen-free clay.

    Over the centuries, the spring that bubbles red in the spring has sparked people’s imagination, and one can only guess what was thought of it during the Iron Age. The mysteries persist, and the site changes as the land rises. Will the true knowledge of the past emerge?

  • Orisbergin kirkko

    Åbergintie 64, Orisberg

    Orisberg church is one of the few private churches in Finland. The Church, designed by architect Carl Ludvig Engel, was inaugurated in 1831.

    +358 40 511 9599

  • Perttilä bridge

    Perttilän siltatie, Isokyrö

    Perttilä’s bridge is Finland’s oldest steel suspension bridge open to traffic. It was built according to a Norwegian model between the years 1909-1910. The wooden deck of the bridge has a total length of 86 meters.

    The suspension bridge crosses the Kyrönjoki River at the Perttilä rapids. The suspension bridge is located near the Napue memorial and is still in use.

  • Pukkilansaari

    Pohjankyröntie 115, Isokyrö

    Pukkilansaari, Isokyrö

    This summer pavilion is located on scenic Pukkilansaari in Storkyro, about 40 km east of Vaasa. To the island you take a small ferry. Summer time dancing to Finnish artists.



  • The Old Church in Isokyrö

    Museotie 3, Isokyrö

    Isonkyrön vanha kirkko

    The old church was built in the end of Middle Ages, and it’s oldest part is the sacristy. There is 114 frescos on the church’s walls. The church is closed due to renovations.

  • Tuomaanmäki Bronze Age grave

    W7V7+26W Storkyro

    The bronze age cairn cemetery of Tuomaanmäki is located approximately 7 kilometers southwest of the center of Isokyrö, south of Tervaneva, on a wooded and rocky hill area. On the northwest edge of this area, there are six cairns along a distance of about 200 meters. The cairns have diameters of 5-10 meters, and remnants of a stone cist structure are still visible in one of them. Over time, the cairns have been excavated and stones have been removed.

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