Ohtakari fisherman village
Meripuisto Kokkola from the air
Tankar Island from air
Sunset on Tankar
The coastal town of Kokkola is located in the northern archipelago on the West Coast of Finland. The most extensive connected preserved wooden town in the country is located in the center of Kokkola and attracts tourists. Equally attractive are the maritime atmosphere around the old harbor and the beautiful archipelago landscape off the coast.
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Kokkola – Coastal Town with Charm
The landscape around Kokkola is typically flat and interspersed with rivers. The long coastline is naturally characterized by its numerous islands and rocks. The coast holds many stories which, together with the cultural heritage, form the spirit of the area. The largest sand dune area in Northern Europe, Vattaja, is located here in and is ideal for exploring the unspoiled coast. In the hinterland, the landscape becomes wilder. Only a short drive separates locals and tourists from the wilderness of Finland with its forests and lakes. Here you can go for a walk, switch off from everyday life, or pick berries.
The coastal town of Kokkola was founded in 1620 by the Swedish King Gustav II Adolf and thus celebrates 400 years of town history. At the time of its foundation, Kokkola was known for shipbuilding and seafaring. The old harbor is still worth seeing and the traditions of trade are still noticeable today. Amid the maritime atmosphere, the city keeps itself international and bilingual at the northern end of the Finnish-Swedish settlement area. The old town of Neristan in the center of Kokkola is also particularly worth seeing. The city map of this well-preserved wooden town dates from the 1650s, with the oldest houses dating back to the 17th century. Neristan comprises twelve blocks with hundreds of colorful wooden houses, inviting you to explorations.
Photo: Visit Kokkola
Tankar – Island with History
Off the coast of Kokkola lies the island Tankar, which was already colonized by fishermen in the 16th century. Today the island is a popular destination for excursions. Next to the lighthouse, which was built in 1889 and is still in use, there is an old fishing village with a chapel, a seal-hunting museum, and a nature trail as well as a bird-watching tower. There is also a summer restaurant and some overnight accommodations that make a longer stay on Tankar possible. In the summer months, visitors can get to the island with the M/S Jenny.
Photo: Visit Kokkola
On the way in Kokkola