The shore of Vaasa is just a couple of blocks away for the city center. Exploring the activities of the 3km long beach route will keep you busy a day or two.
- If the sun is looking out, find your favourite picnic spot in Räätälinsaari island, or on one of the many beaches.
- In the case of a rainy day (Highly unlikely, because the sun is always shining in Vaasa!), visit the Kuntsi museum of modern art or enjoy the view safe from the rain in one of the coast line’s restaurants.
- The adventure-seekers should try climbing in the Zip Adventure Park or the waterslides in the spa Tropiclandia.
- A must for sea-lovers is renting a SUP board or hopping on board the archipelago cruise.
Beaches in Vaasa
Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art
From Vaasa market square, it is only a short walk to the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, which is in a beautiful spot by the sea in the Inner Harbour. The museum was named after art collector Consul Simo Kuntsi (1913–1984), and the art collection of the foundation established by him is considered one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Finland. Donations and deposits, such as Lars Swanljung’s (b. 1944) collection of contemporary art, consolidate the importance of Vaasa in the art world.
The exhibition activities of the museum are based on changing exhibitions of modern and contemporary art as well as on displays of the museum’s own art collections. The exhibitions at the Kuntsi museum are in-depth analyses of phenomena in contemporary art and topical issues providing substance for identity building and understanding the phenomena of our time.
The facilities at Kuntsi offer excellent scope for organizing various events. Cross-disciplinary art performances and events, in particular, in collaboration with the third sector and special groups of the public, are frequently organised.
+358 40 183 0440
Tropiclandia indoor and outdoor Water Park
Tropiclandia Waterpark is a dream-come-true for a family that loves water. Water slides, waves, waterfalls, bubble baths, exotic saunas. At the outdoor water park wild water slide chutes, two activity pools for children, a Jacuzzi and ample space for lying and relaxing in the sun, as well as terrace restaurant.
+358 20 796 1300
The museum is located in Marianpuisto Park, which is about a 15-minute walk from Vaasa Market Square. The museum was established in 1895 and it functions as the historical museum of the City of Vaasa and as a museum of natural science for Ostrobothnia. The museum focuses mainly on cultural history, art and natural science.
Between three and five changing exhibitions are held annually. In addition to the temporary exhibitions, there are three permanent collection exhibitions corresponding to the museum’s main areas of focus. The Hedman Floor houses antiques and works of art, Vaasa 400 – which is a city history exhibition – and the Terranova exhibition, which informs the visitor about the natural environment in the Kvarken region and the World Heritage Site. The museum offers enjoyable experiences for visitors of all ages as well as information and ideas for teaching cultural history, local history, natural science and art.
The museum’s main collaborators are Ostrobothnia’s Historical Museum Association, the Hedman Foundation, the Vaasa Art Association, the Ostrobothnia Australis Association and the Gröndahl Brothers’ Foundation.
+358 6 325 3800
Botnia Minigolf Club’s courses are located by the sea on Vaskiluoto, just outside the center of Vaasa.
Our well-kept courses are great for both families and players that are more advanced. You can freely choose if you prefer to play on the concrete-, felt- or on our miniature golf course.
You are also welcome to just chill on our terrace, where you can enjoy for example cold drinks, coffee or ice cream.
+358 50 569 7924
City Bay trail
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.
Wasa Up Climbing Center
The climbing centre Wasa Up has climbing facilities for everyone: easy routes for the uninitiated as well as difficult problems demanding stamina and technique.
You can also challenge yourself on our obstacle course racing track as well as gain new strength, balance and well-being at our group classes.
You can try climbing or OCR easily without reservation! You’ll also find group activities for your workplace, team or family from our selection. Welcome!
+358 50 543 4907
At the quay of Kalaranta you will find us along with the most spectacular view in Vaasa. Faros Restaurant is an old lightship that came to Vaasa in 1989 and has ever since worked as a restaurant. The sunniest terrace of Vaasa is at Faros. With a wonderful panoramic view you can enjoy the summer at its best. We have space for about 300 people. Here you can enjoy both food and drinks. Faros Restaurant Ship expanded the summer of 2018 and a new restaurant, FYR was built in connection to the terrace. FYR has a beautiful and fresh interior. High windows from floor to ceiling give the customers a wonderful panoramic view of the sea.
+358 45 151 3007
The fish counter is the fish and deli shop that creates a high quality overall experience. A miniature market hall feel where you can always get tips on recipes for the ingredients you buy. You visit the fish counter when you want to prepare your dinners yourself, take a fish sandwich as a simple snack, or want to buy ready-made food portions that make your everyday life easy.
At lunchtime, e.g. always soup or the salad of the day. Enjoy on site with a wonderful sea view inside or on the terrace. Take away is also a good alternative, enjoy your lunch outdoors in the surroundings by Kalaranta, on a jetty or in the park.
Your four-legged friend is also welcome on the terrace.
+358 50 409 8150
Welcome to Vasas new living room!
Lunch – Coffee – Dinner. To us, a restaurant visit is a holistic experience. Besides a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, we like food made with love and based on traditional methods, with a modern touch. We just love to work with local producers. You’ll find many vegetarian, but naturally also fish and meat dishes on our menu, we want to offer something for every taste!
On the second floor, you´ll find our event-loft, a bright space with grand windows and a beautiful view of the southern part of the city bay. The loft is the place for different events and meetings.
From the loft, you can also have access to our rooftop terrace with a gorgeous view of the sea. You are welcome to book HEJM also for the private events.
Welcome to HEJM! (a Swedish dialect word for home)
Regards, Mattias, Simon, Anna & Michael
+358 40 773 2176
Inner Harbour Terrace
More than just a terrace
Vaasa’s largest entertainment terrace with a sea view. An entertainment terrace for up to 500 people in a great location in the inner harbor of Vaasa. 12 hours of sun every summer day. Live shows throughout the summer from Wednesdays to Saturdays. Trending artists and quality entertainment.
Seglis is a restaurant located beautifully down by the sea on Vaskiluoto island, only 2 km from Vaasa city centre. During the summer we offer lunch, a la carte and private bookings. You can also enjoy the views from our terrace. From autumn until Christmas Season we are also open by request.
+358 50 362 4292
Restaurant Strampen is located by the beautiful inner harbor in Vaasa, and is one of Finland’s oldest restaurants with its 150 year old history. The restaurant seats 220 people inside, and during summer we have an additional 400 seats on the terrace. We are open from the middle of April and stay open until Christmas. We serve lunch, a la carte, and during the holidays we serve a Christmas buffet. We also arrange private events, company dinners and weddings.
+358 41 451 4512
Terranova is the name of the museum’s permanent natural science exhibition. Terranova is Latin for ‘new land’. In the Kvarken region the ´new´ land rises from the sea at a rate of 9 mm per year. Terranova was opened in 2002 in cooperation with the Ostrobothnian Museum, the Finnish Forest and Park Service Metsähallitus and the Ostrobothnia Australis Association.
Terranova presents nature in the Kvarken and Vaasa region from the Ice Age until the present day. Visitors can wonder at the land uplift phenomenon and its consequences, admire the beautiful Kvarken Archipelago and its fauna with all their senses. They can pat a ringed seal or touch rock that is billions of years old, dive beneath the surface in a virtual aquarium and watch nature films in the auditorium.
Terranova is also privileged to present a unique natural heritage site: The Kvarken Archipelago was entered in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2006 – the only natural site in Finland to be included so far. Together with the High Coast of Sweden, it forms a natural heritage site. The area was given the status of world heritage because post-glacial rebound is more visible here than anywhere else in the world. More information about the High Coast and the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage is available at www.merenkurkku.fi and www.naturumhogakusten.se.
+358 6 325 3800
WET Station Vaasa
Vaasa offers good conditions to SUP paddling and kayaking! At Hietasaari beach you can rent a SUP board and kayaks and explore the surroundings by your own ore participate in group activities! You can also try E-foil surfboard or enjoy yourself in the floating water park.
+358 44 727 9108
ZIP Adventure Park
Welcome to Zip Adventure Park – the adventure park, situated in the beautiful Vasa, Finland’s sunniest city. Here you can experience a different, fast-paced and challenging day of adventure, regardless of age and whether or not you’re with family, your company, your association or your group of friends. We offer challenges for all age groups – move between the treetops, challenge yourself and enjoy both the excitement and the view.
+358 40 832 2221