SIGHTS in Kalajoki

Enjoy the atmosphere of rustic village streets and the beauty of old wooden houses in Plassila, the old town of Kalajoki. Experience the spectacular halls of Havula Manor. See how people used to live, fish, work and build ships at the local history museums Ponder how they managed to lift the bells up to the belfry in the olden days. Engross yourself in stories at summer theatres.

Kalajoki offers plenty to see for culture and history buffs!

PEEK INSIDE A MANOR

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    Manor houses

    An Art Nouveau-style villa built by the sawmill manager Oskari Santaholma in 1912. Here, you can learn about the sawmill and the industrial history of the area and see a wealthy bourgeois home from the early part of the 20th century, complete with its magnificent interiors. Open 30 June–30 July, sun–fri 12-18 sat 11–15 Guided tours on the hour, last tours at 17 (sun-fri) and 14 (sat). Other times upon request.

    Havula Villa
    Plassintie 56
    +358 44 469 1874, +358 50 536 5519
    www.kalajokiresort.fi/havula

EXPERIENCE A SUMMER THEATRE

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    Summer Theatres

    Covered auditorium for 400 people, benches with backrests. Tickets available at the gate one hour before showtime. Tickets in advance: Central booking office of Kalajoki, +358 8
    4694 449 or Ticket office +358 600 95020.

    Kalajoki Summer Theatre
    Teatteripolku
    +358 44 596 6344
    www.willilakeus.fi

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    This charming summer theatre with a lot of personality has a covered auditorium with steps seating for approx. 200 people.

    Summer Theatre Vihreä Valo
    Linnakallio
    Taluskyläntie 660, Talus
    +358 8 432 839
    www.linnakallio.fi

CHURCHES

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    CHURCHES

    The current Kalajoki Church built out of bricks with a tower at one end was designed by the architect F.W. Lüchow. It is the seventh church in the parish, and it was completed in 1879. The building was destroyed in a fire in 1930, after which it was restored to its current appearance under the leadership of architect W.G. PaImqvist. The church
    has the altarpiece Jeesuksen ylösnouseminen (Resurrection of Jesus) painted by Adolf von Becker and the paintings Tuhlaajapojan paluu (Return of the Prodigal Son) and Hyvä paimen (The Good Shepherd) by T.G. Tuhkanen. Next to the
    church is the bell tower built by Heikki Kuorikoski in 1815; it was preserved from the fire that destroyed the sixth church. The height of the tower was raised in 1856. The wooden poor man statue (‘Vaivaisukko’) dates from 1815, and it was carved by an anonymous carpenter from Reisjärvi.

    Kalajoki Church
    Etelänkyläntie 1

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    The Himanka Church is a traditional wooden cruciform church. The church and its bell tower were designed by the church builder Jacob Rijf from Central Ostrobothnia in 1794. The church is surrounded by the old cemetery, and it received its current appearance after renovations in 1897.

    Himanka Church
    Huhdantie 13, Himanka

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    The traditional wooden cruciform church of Rautio and its bell tower were completed in 1800. The church and the bell tower with its three upper sections are the last church buildings designed by the famous church builder from Kalajoki, Simon Matinpoika Jylkkä, a.k.a. Silvén.

    Rautio Church
    Rautiontie 1700, Rautio

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    The eight-cornered church on the Maakalla island was designed by the famous church builder from Kalajoki, Simon Matinpoika Jylkkä, a.k.a. Silvén. The church was completed in 1780.

    Maakalla Church

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    Linnakallio is one man’s life’s work and an example of Finnish persistence. The drying barn converted into a church was consecrated in 1995 and the newer church that is decorated with burls in 2009. These churches are available for organising weddings or christenings. They are also good places for holding a devotional service during a hike or a personal moment of silence in addition to regular parish events.

    Linnakallio
    Taluskyläntie 660, Talus
    +358 8 432 839
    www.linnakallio.fi

CALM YOUR MIND AT A CHAPEL

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    Chapel of the Orthodox Church

    The chapel was consecrated for its purpose by the acting Bishop Arseni of the Orthodox Diocese of Oulu in the year 2014. The chapel is a tour de force of volunteer work and craftsmanship.

    Chapel of the Orthodox Church of Finland in Kalajoki
    Matkailutie 249

MUSEUMS

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    MUSEUMS

    In the museum established in an old school building, you can learn more about the history of seafaring and sailing in the countryside. The museum’s specialties include handicrafts by sailors and souvenirs they brought from foreign lands, such as the saw-like snout of a sawfish, the jawbone of a shark and a coconut. The room also presents the
    history of the Sautinkari sawmill in pictures. Open by request.

    Himanka Museum
    Sautinkarintie, Himanka
    +358 50 373 1775

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    The museum operates in the former Törnvall House, which was moved to its current location from the courtyard of the town hall in 1964. The Ostrobothnian house built in the 1800s is among the oldest in Kalajoki, and it has housed events such as the district court sessions where revivalists were on trial in 1838. The museum presents both
    the life in the old days as well as prominent figures from Kalajoki. Open in July, Tue–Sun 12:00-15:00, other times upon request.

    Kalajoki museum
    Siltasaari (Kalajoki town centre)
    +358 40 509 8788, +358 8 462 090

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    The permanent exhibition at the Fishing Museum mainly presents fishing traditions in the Kalajoki area related to river, sea, and eel fishing and seal hunting and the use of the Maakalla and Ulkokalla islets as fishing bases. Fiia’s cottage is the only surviving example of the modest mode of living of the common folk in Plassi in the early 1900s. Open in July, Tue-Sun 15–18, other times upon request.

    Fishing Museum and Fiia’s cottage
    Plassi
    +358 40 509 8788, +358 8 462 090

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    The main building of the local museum is a former parish clerk’s residence. The museum has been furnished in the style of a traditional farmhouse in Rautio. Two outbuildings dating from the late 1700s and a smithy have been moved into the courtyard. The name ‘Rautio’ refers to the processing of iron and the museum specialises in smithery. Open
    during Rautio Week, other times upon request.

    Rautio Museum
    Huhtakyläntie 21, Rautio
    +358 400 890 850

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    The historically interesting Tapion Tupa actively promotes local agricultural traditions. The area’s large main building consists of multiple 19th century-built salt and tar storage houses. Its upper and lower floors are used to house monthly art exhibitions. The main building’s surroundings feature multiple old log houses, brought here from
    various parts of the region, and the local peculiarity after which the place has been named, the famous Tapionpöytä (tablulaeformis) pine tree.

    Tapion Tupa
    Matkailutie 3
    +358 8 466 622
    www.tapiontupa.com

TYNGÄN MYLLY MILL

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    Tyngän Mylly Mill

    The historical Tyngän Mylly Mill was established in 1916. It is a fascinating site to visit for both groups and families. A special Myllytarinat-paketti (Mill tales package) now available for groups. If you have a fishing permit, you can fish in the Myllykoski rapids. There is a small shop and a cafe that also serves as a post office in connection with the mill, which remains in operation. The Tynkä mill products have been manufactured out of pure Finnish grain using traditional methods.

    Myllyntie 30, Tynkä
    +358 8 466 319
    www.tynganmylly.fi

VISIT AN ATELIER

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    Ateliers

    Art Café and glass gift shop 100 years of Finnish glass art Kalajoki during the the past 100 years – celebrating the Finnish Centennial. Open 30 June–30 July, sun–fri 12-18 sat 11–15

    Glass Studio Heikki Ulvi
    Santaholmantie 14
    +358 40 548 5980
    www.lasiateljee.fi

SEE THE OLD TOWN

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    Kalajoki old town

    Plassi, the old town of Kalajoki, is well worth a visit with its village milieus and museums. In Plassi, you can explore the old town centre of Kalajoki and its markets, riverbanks and idyllic wooden houses. You can visit the Santaholma sawmill owner’s Art Nouveau-style Havula Villa, a small fishing museum, or the construction site of the historical Galeas Ansio at Plassi. You can also simply enjoy the atmosphere of the main street, the riverbank and the old wooden buildings.

    Plassi – Kalajoki old town
    www.vanhaplassi.fi

See Ansio ketch

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    Ansio Galeas

    Sail to the island of Maakalla with the Galeas Ansio! The Galeas Ansio is a traditional wooden two-mast vessel, whose unique beauty will enchant you! The Ansio was designed based on the original line drawings, a model boat and a single photograph of the original Galeas Ansio built in 1891 in Kalajoki. You can find the most recent sailing schedules on
    our web page. All sailing trips depart from Kalajoki’s Konikarvo fishing harbour.

    Ansio Galeas
    +358 44 270 4358
    www.plassi.fi