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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
- An advanced exhibition telling a long story of at least 520 million years of Söderfjärden
The Church of Korsholm
In 1776, the Court of Appeal was built in Vaasa by Gustavus III, this was the second Court of Appeal in Finland. The building, which was designed by superintendent C. F. Adelcrantz was completed in 1786. After the great fire (1852) in the town, when almost everything was burnt to the ground, the building of the Court of Appeal began to serve as the church for Mustasaari congregation. The bell-tower, designed by C. A. Setterberg, was built in the 1800s.
+358 6 356 0500
Aava Kertun Kotitila - Farm
Our farm is in Södra Vallgrund, 32 km from Vaasa, in the World Heritage area. Our farm has both traditional and somewhat rare pets.
With us you can spend a day relaxing and enjoying the authentic rural environment with a cup of coffee, or attend brushing and taking care of the the animals. You can arrange a day trip for groups all year round or visit during the summer hours.
+358 45 671 9358
Björkö village church was built in 1859 and was named Maria, after the wife of Alexander II. The gallery was built in 1907, and the first organ was purchased a couple of years later. Before the village had its own church, the bible study cottage was used as a chapel.
Björkö Local Museum (Mårtes)
Mårtes was built in 1844 and today houses a museum. When visiting Mårtes, you will be able to see some of the oldest Björkö-cupboards decorated with ornate floral motifs, the first village radio, and old textiles, but also more modern items that represent how this home has changed with time. The museum area also contains the Motor Museum, the Soldier’s Cabin, and the Carding and Spinning Mill, as well as our exhibitions about the Defence Corps, the School in Björkö, and 19th century clothing.
The museum is open during the summer season.
+358 50 53 22 470
Granösund Fishing Village Museum
The Granösund Fiskeläge (Fishing Village Museum) provides a view of life in the coastal region of Ostrobothnia, in the days when the majority of the population still depended upon fishing, seal hunting, farming and handicraft for its livelyhood.
+358 44 726 5165
Church was built in 1692 and it’s made of tree.
+358 6 346 2300
Nature trails and hiking routs in the Vaasa Region
Let the Replot bridge lead you to the northern part of the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage area!
The bridge is 1045 metres long which makes it the longest bridge in Finland. By the bridge, park your car at the parking area by the Restaurant and Café Berny’s, walk up to the bridge and take in the scenery. Visit also the World Heritage Gateway in the same premises with the restaurant. There you can get tips for your trip to the archipelago.
The bridge opened in 1997 and Martti Ahtisaari and Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson, the previous presidents of Finland and Iceland, attended the opening on the 27th of August. The bridge replaced ferries and thousands of people cross the bridge every day. The pylons rise 82,5 meters above sea level and the clearance height for boats is 26 meters.
Photo: Esa Siltaloppi/ES Visuals
The Gustav Adolf Church in Replot village was built in 1781 and stands on the hill called Skieppskatts-backen. The church was built as a so called long church with a steep roof. In the 1840s, the church received its altar construction and pulpit from the Sankta Maria church in Old Vasa, and so were saved from the great fire of 1852.
+358 6 352 0005
Replot Local Museum
The Replot Local Museum is situated on the Alexandersgatan in the middle of the village of Replot. The museum represents a typical islander farm. In the collections are both utensils and furniture from the 18th and 19th century and handmade clothing for both the young and the old.
+358 50 3504 375
Observation Tower Saltkaret
The impressive, tar coloured Saltkaret raises to over 20 meters height in the World heritage area of Kvarken Archipelago. The tower, located in the fish harbour Svedjehamn, offers a beautiful view over the De Geer-moraines. This unique moraine archipelago affirms the enormous power of the last ice age in the Kvarken Archipelago.
The visible area from the tower is a perfect example of the De Geer areas in Finland. The tower also pleases many bird-watchers, as many of the typical bird species of the island can be spotted in the area, such as black coots, terns and sea eagles. The wooden observation tower is also an excellent intermediate stopping point for hikers, because it is located directly by the hiking trail. You can reach the lower level of the tower also with prams or wheelchairs.
Driving directions to Saltkaret:
Saltkaret is located in Svedjehamn, which is in the municipality of Korsholm, about 40-45 minutes drive northwest from the centre of Vaasa. From Vaasa: drive on road number 742 (Alskatvägen/Alskatintie) north towards Replot (Raippaluoto) approximately 20 kilometres. After Replot continue straight on road 7240 (Replotvägen/Björkövägen OR Raippaluodontie/Björköntie) approximately 20 kilometres and you’ll arrive to Svedjehamn harbour where the road ends.
There is a free parking place in Svedjehamn. The observation tower can already be seen from the harbour and the parking place. Next to the parking place there is an information sign about the Björkö-Panike hiking trail. The observation tower is located by this trail; about 600 metres walk from the parking place.
Wooden church from 1786.
+358 6 344 2206
Sommaröhallen Handicraft Shop
Stundars museum village
Stundars is a large open-air museum in Solf village, about 15 kilometers south from Vaasa. The museum tells the stories of what life was like for the peasantry, craftsmen and lower social classes on the Swedish-speaking countryside, from Oravais in the north to Pörtom in the south, during the period of 1870-1920. The museum village have about 70 buildings including a country shop, a school, a farmstead, and crofters’ cottages.
Come see where the Ostrobothnian forefathers slept, ate and laughed – how did they really fit in the short bunkbeds? Maybe we’ll have an old-time washing day when you visit, or maybe we’ve made coffee over the fire and you’ll get a cup? Or maybe you’d just like to stroll around the picturesque museum village in your own pace and maybe, just maybe hear the grey timber walls whispering of times gone by…?
The Stundars Open-Air Museum area is open for recreation all year round, but during the summer season the cottages of the museum village are open every day. Outside opeing hours you are free to take a stroll in the open-air museum, but the cottages will be closed.
Stundars’ museum village offers an opportunity to walk through historical landscapes, next to farms, village schools, and crofters’ cabins. Through Stundars it is easy to walk further to the Söderfjärden hiking trail, to explore the former wetlands in the giant meteor crater, as well as climb up the bird-watching tower. The Stundars trail is also a part of the pilgrim’s way St Olav Ostrobothnia. We welcome you to enjoy a walk through dog-friendly Stundars.
On Thursdays during autumn, winter and spring, there are free guided tours and other activities at the museum from 12 to 3 pm, as advertised. You can find a more detailed program in our calendar, and on our Facebook-page and Instagram account. During the Museum-Thursdays, there is free entrance.
+358 6 5709 9000
The gems of the archipelago
One of the Kvarken’s specialties is definitely the De Geer moraines, or washboard moraines, that form clear streaks in the scenery. You can see these formations best from the observation tower Saltkaret or along the Bodvattnet nature trail.
Is it difficult to choose which place to visit in the Kvarken? Here is some tips of the archipelago’s gems for you!
The Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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.
+358 50 346 6200
The old stone bridge in Toby
The stone bridge at Toby is the second oldest stone bridge still in use in Finland. With its twin arches, its 85 m length and 5,5 m width, it is a fine example of the bridge-building techniques of the 18th century.
The outer archipelago
Thousands unique islands are full of contrasts: smooth rocks, rough rocky grounds, lush forests and bays. Many light houses and maritime pilot stations remind of the old days. Nowadays the outer islands have summer cottages and many of these are former fishermen’s huts. The Kvarken Archipelago is home also for numerous birds who are also one of the Kvarken’s sights.
During the summers, you can get to Mickelsörarna or Valsörarna islands via World Heritage cruises, where the guides reveal the islands’ many stories. Also many of the archipelago’s entrepreneurs offer boat trips to the outer archipelago. you have your own boat, we recommend landing in for example Molpehällorna’s or Fäliskäret’s guest harbours.
World Heritage Gateway
At the World Heritage Gateway, you can familiarise yourself with the World Heritage Kvarken Archipelago, which is the best place in the world to experience the land uplift after the last Ice Age! Here is our visitor centre summarised:
- Information lobby gives you an overview of our World Heritage with texts, videos, animations and brochures year-round and free of charge.
- Open gallery Arte Mare showcases the work of local artists year-round and free of charge.
- Main exhibition Weichsel tells the story of our World Heritage through the senses against a small entrance fee.
- Shop with World Heritage products and small souvenirs is open during summer season.
- Escape Game Kvarken’s Sea Monster can pre-booked online year-round.
- Guided tours and presentations can be pre-booked via our customer service year-round.
The service and texts within World Heritage Gateway is available in English, Swedish and Finnish.
If you get hungry, the Restaurant & Cafe Berny’s offers meals and coffee in the same premises year-round. You can find Berny’s website and opening hours here. Finland’s longest bridge, Replot bridge, is located just next door and is an ideal place for a refreshing walk and taking in the scenery.
For more detailed information about opening hours, services and fees, visit our homepage.
+358 50 3466 200