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The local authority's broad expanses of wilderness, together with their pure
waterways, offer excellent potential for various sorts of nature-related experiences. The
secondlargest nature park in Finland, the Urho Kekkonen National Park, embraces the fell
areas of Saariselkä and the forest regions in the nothern vicinity of Savukoski.The area
of the nature park flanking the Municipality of Savukoski is approx. 750 km². There are
favourable possibilities in the national park for camping and hiking along the designated
routes. In the uninhabited hinterland, it is possible to find eastern species of rare
birds. Innumerable wilderness huts and rental cabins have been erected for trekking
enthusiasts. Some of the interesting hiking destinations include Santa Claus's home,
Korvatunturi Fell and the Nuorttijoki River. Accommodation is available for rent at the
initial service outlet of the park in Kemihaara as well as in Tulppio for those bound for
the Nuorttijoki River, for instance. It is also possible to familiarize oneself with the
national park at the Nature Centre situated in the parish village of Savukoski.
Seinäjoki is an urban centre in heavy growth and with a
good location from the point of view of traffic connections, both for the surrounding
region and the rest of the country. Seinäjoki is one of the most important junctions of
the main railway Helsinki-Oulu. Moreover, Seinäjoki airport provides daily connections to
the international flights departing from Helsinki-Vantaa airport.
Sibbo / Sipoo is a growing, bilingual municipality situated in the eastern part
of Nyland in the province of Southern Finland. Its location near the Helsinki region, its
vast unpopulated land areas and beautiful landscapes provide important potential for
Sibbo´s future development as a pleasant dwelling environment.
Sodankylä provides a perfect environment as well for an active hiker in the
nature, as for a person seeking for peace, space and silence. Vast forests, unspoiled wild
nature, wide open aapa mires and rugged fells of Northern Lapland in particular, are
characteristic to the nature. The most important centre of nature tourism in Sodankylä is
located in Luosto area. The lakes and rivers in Sodankylä provide excellent opportunities
for canoeing and fishing. You can also pick up berries and mushroom or enjoy bird
watching. There are about 1,100 kilometres of marked routes for snowmobile driving in
Sodankylä. Snowmobile driving in the area of Sodankylä municipality is free of charge.
The municipality of Soini is situated in the eastern part of South Ostrobothnia,
close to the border of the former provinces of Ostrobothnia and Central Finland; since
1997 in the province of West Finland. Soini belongs to a watershed region where the rivers
and creeks flow in three different directions.
Sotkamo municipal centre lies in an area of considerable natural beauty
surrounded by waterways. The fine sandy beaches at Hiukka, the wooded esker ridges and
ever-verdant forests provide an inviting environment for both living and holidaymaking.
The municipalitys second focal point, Vuokatti is a centre for tourism and sport.
Vuokattis tourism services are amongst the best in Finland all year round. Taken
together, the Vuokatti Downhill Skiing Centre, the sports college, Katinkulta Holiday
Centre, numerous holiday accommodation enterprises, rural holiday villages in tranquil
natural surroundings close to Vuokatti and the exceptional facilities for skiing and
snowboarding throughout the year offer something for everyone. There is such a wide range
of activities that it would almost be easier to list what isnt here! Of places to
visit particularly worth mentioning are Vuokatinvaara, Naapurinvaara, the
municipalitys numerous fine nature trails and the awesome nature of Hiidenportti
National Park as well as museums, churches, monuments and sculptures. Then there are also
the four distinct seasons, each one an experience in its own right.
Suomenniemi is a municipality of starkly impressive pine forests and blue lakes
bordering on the provinces of South Karelia and South Savo, 220 km from Helsinki. The
peaceful countryside, crystal-clear waters and beautiful scenary are the perfect setting
for a holiday to remember. Visitors are always welcome at Suomenniemi, which offers a good
range of services and things to do. With lakes on all sides, it has 632 km of shoreline,
77 km² of water and attractive housing land in profusion. In the heart of the region is
Kuolimojärvi, a clear lake 40 km long that is rich in fish. Suomenniemi is a paradise for
hikers, nature-lovers and hunters alike. And what is more, anyone is free to pick the
berries and mushrooms growing in the forests. A permit is, however, required to hunt the
elk and other game roaming the forests, but visitors can join one of the hunting safaris
arranged in the wilds. There are plenty of things to see in Suomenniemi, such as the
Louhtovuori rock paintings some 5000 years old, the Lyytikkälä House Museum, Hujala Mill
and the Karkaus channel. The wooden church in the centre of Suomenniemi dates from 1866
and the shingle-roofed bell tower from 1777.
Sysmä is located in the middle of lovely lakeland Finland, in the very heart of
the unique south Päijänne lakescape. Sysmä and its environs have been graced with
spectacular natural vistas. The highway through the Päijänne islands alone is well worth
experiencing. But most wonderful of all is Päijänne itself, Finland's deepest and second
largest lake. Its water - pure enough to drink - the tranquility of nature, and the
experiences and recreational opportunities it offers have earned Sysmä high regard as a
place to live and as a year-round resort. lt.'s easy to get to Sysmä from anywhere in
Finland. And, above all, it's where you'll find the Finnish outdoors at its best: forests,
lakes, wilderness areas, traditional villages, the changing seasons, peace, quiet and
contentment. For anyone seeking quality of life, it's here.
Tampere is the largest inland city of the Nordic countries
with a population of 200 000. Tampere was founded in 1779 on the banks of the Tammerkoski
Rapids (one of Finland´s official national scenic areas) and it evolved into the most
highly industrialized locality in Finland during the 19th century. Thanks to the new city
planning, the former industrial areas such as Finlayson and Tampella are alive again:
restaurants, shops, sport and fitness centres, Museum Centre Vapriikki and the Central
Museum of Labour have found locations there.
Magnificent nature, excellent services and good connections make our town an
ideal place to live. Especially families with children value the safe environment, well
planned housing areas and unspoiled nature. Residental ares have mainly small
one-family-houses, which almost form like rings around the town centre. As a part of
Toijala's sustainable development programme our town planning aims to create an even more
functional and lively town centre, where all the services can be reached on foot.
Turku in the South-western corner of Finland is the oldest city and the first
capital of the whole country. To-day it is the capital of its region, the Southwest
Finland. Turku is the only Finnish member in the modern Hanseatic league and will host the
meeting of the Hanseatic towns in 2004 when Turku will be celebrating her 775th birthday.
Turku is often said to be the only West European town in Finland as all medieval European
towns have four things in common: a river for transport, a cathedral for religious power,
a castle that represent the secular power and last but not least - a market place for acts
of commerce. Turku has them all! The art-exhibitions and permanent collections in the city
museums and art galleries are highly estimated both in Finland and abroad. The Cultural
Centre organises fine annual events. The best known of these are the Medieval Market at
the end of July and the Old time Christmas market before Christmas. As Turku is also
Finland's Christmas city there is a chain of events from the end of November through to
the middle of January.
The Tyrnävä region shows off all the best aspects of the plains characteristic
to northern Ostrobothnia. The scenic expanses of open field are a sight for sore eyes, and
at migration time it is impossible to miss the great flocks of geese and cranes. Tyrnävä
is a lively, contemporary municipality full of sport, entrepreneurship and care for our
Most people in Vaala are nature lovers. They like to go fishing or boating on Lake
Oulujärvi lake and hunting, picking berries and mushrooms, or just hiking and walking in
the forests and picking berries. In the winter people go skiing or ice fishing on the
frozen lake. Winters last from November to April. Many families have their own summer
cottages where they spend most of their leisure time. In Vaala municipality there are over
1.500 summer cottages. Vaala is a wonderful place to live. There is lot of free nature,
clean and fresh air and every all the four seasons to enjoy the wilderness and free
Vaasa is Ostrobothnia's window to the west. The town is the spiritual heart of
Ostrobothnia, open to all. As it has good connections with the outside world,
international winds of change reach the town quickly. Vaasa is the biggest town in the
area with over 57.000 inhabitants 72 % Finnish-speaking, 25 % Swedish-speaking and 3 %
with other languages as their mother tongue. Vaasa is located at the narrowest point of
the gulf of Bothnia, only 80 km/50 miles from Umeå in Sweden. By boat the journey takes
four hours. The ferry line with traffic between Vaasa and Umeå is RG Line. The town's
leafy avenues, the large parks that surround the public buildings, and the green
shoreline, go to make up a restful whole which has as its foundation the Empir-style town
plan drawn up by the architect Carl Axel Setterberg in 1855. In Vaasa the past and the
present meet: local enterprises, distinctive cultural life, two languages, international
industry and the tranquility of a small town. A healthy environment is a part of Vaasa.
The sea with its countless islands gives Vaasa the authentic feel of a coastal town.
Boating, fishing, exploring the archipelago and taking exercise along the beautiful shore
are all popular with the townspeople. The warmth of the town's welcome is felt everywhere,
in its bustling market, in its business life, in its friendly service. And as Vaasa is
Finland's sunniest town, the sun is often shining too. The surrounding countryside offers
another kind of landscape, a culture rooted in the soil, fields stretching across inland
plains, close village communities and centres as well as the characteristic life of the
archipelago. The marks of ancient settlement - museums, churches, fishing harbours and
riverbank life - form an integral part of Vaasa's hinterland.
Valkeakoski in the centre of Finland's lakeland invites you to enjoy its rich
cultural offerings, its lively summer events and its high-level services. The City
provides good living facilities, a wide range of freetime activies and an exellent basis
for investment and success. A place to live life to the full. The centre of
Valkeakoski is a view of the Apia beaches and the sides of the shipping chanel.
Sääksmäki provides an adventure in unique cultural and historical surroundings. The
Rapola hillfort takes you back to prehistorial times. For those who travel by water,
Mallasvesi and Vanajavesi meet in your paradise.
Valkeala is a gateway to magnificent southern Finland wilds which are reminiscent
of the northern parts of our country. The wilderness offers unspoiled nature as far as the
eye can see for the traveller to experience, wander, smell and even taste. It is
perfect for solitude; you will not come across anyone, unless you want to. The wilderness
and the wide variety of tourist services available offer excellent opportunities for the
active traveller. Hikers, cyclists, paddlers, rock climbers and fishermen, alongside many
others, have discovered this unique area for their enjoyment. 15 000 to 20 000 people use
our well-marked and equipped 120-kilometre hiking track every year, not to mention those
who choose the beautiful waterway.
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