Vaasa Vacation Packages
The coastal city of Vaasa excites visitors with its rich maritime and cultural heritage and scenic beauty. Explore the nearby Kvarken archipelago, attend operas and international music festivals and hike to a pine tree-covered meteor crater.
Tour Old Vaasa, which contains ruins of the original town. Founded in 1606, it burned to the ground during the great fire of 1852. The ruins lie 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) from today’s town. See the remains of St. Mary’s Church and its bell tower. Walk around the foundations of the medieval Korsholm Castle and the poorhouse.
To enjoy nature, go bird-watching in the forests and waterfront groves of Gerby, just a few miles from the city center. Observe waterfowl specie at Pukinjärvi Lake. Walk along the trails of the Pilvilampi recreational area. During winter these paths are transformed into cross-country ski trails. Hike to the Söderfjärden plain. About 520 million years ago a meteor crashed into the ground here leaving a giant crater.
No matter where you are in the city, you’ll never be too far from the water. Stretch out on the beaches of Gustavsborg and Hietasaari, close to the city center. Canoe, kayak, swim or relax on the shoreline. Embark on an afternoon cruise to study the geology of the archipelago. The islands experience one of the world’s fastest uplifts where land is continuously rising from the sea. An area the size of 150 soccer fields is added to the archipelago every year.
With a number of museums, art galleries, annual music festivals and its own orchestra, Vaasa is the cultural heart of the region. Peruse contemporary works at the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art and learn about Vaasa’s maritime history at Granösund Fishing Village Museum. If you are in the city during the first week of August, attend the Korsholm Music Festival. Here you can watch and listen to international chamber music performers.
Vaasa is 260 miles (420 kilometers) northwest of Finland’s capital, Helsinki. Arrive by plane, ferry or car and stay for history, culture and nature.