Independent nature walks

Comfortable hiking shoes for the outdoor tracks or faster sneakers for a jog along the duckboards? Skis, ski boots or ice fishing gear for winter trips onto the frozen sea? A map, thermos flask and binoculars for birdwatching from a bird tower? A GPS device and exchange goodies for a geocache? What to pack with you this time around in Kalajoki?

Experience the wild but wonderful nature of Kalajoki with all senses!

Maakalla and the lighthouse island of Ulkokalla

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    Maakalla and the lighthouse island of Ulkokalla

    Maakalla and the lighthouse island of Ulkokalla
    Maakalla is a unique island roughly 18 km off the coast. It forms an autonomous region with dozens of fishermen’s huts, a beautiful wooden church and a fishing museum. Ulkokalla has a lighthouse and a lighthouse keeper’s house. You can reach Maakalla with a boat taxi or the galeas Ansio, for example. For information on transport to Ulkokalla, contact the local entrepreneurs, see section Guided tours, transport, event programme services and rental equipment.

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    Guided tours to Maakalla and event programme services at the Sand Dunes, the Siiponjoki river and, during the winter time, the Rahja archipelago. Smoke sauna and kota hut events with meals and flavoured with local stories. Themed trip programmes for groups.

    femEmare Oy
    +358 40 722 6401
    www.fememare.fi

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    Sail aboard the galeas Ansio to Maakalla! A sailing trip on the traditional vessel Ansio is a wonderful option for organising different types of events. The round trip to Maakalla takes approximately 4.5 hours and includes a delicious fish meal with coffee and refreshments. Check the sailing schedule on the website. Departures from Rahja’s Kalasatama port in Konikarvo.

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

    Excercise tracks/wooden paths in the sand dune area »

Rahjan archipelago

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    Rahja archipelago

    Rahja archipelago

    The ancient shores and old ports of the Rahja archipelago are living proof of a post-glacial rebound. All of the habitat types of a coast with rising land masses can be seen on Rahja’s hundred islands, from the inner archipelago’s sheltered forests to the rugged islets out in the open sea. The fishing villages and sheep pastures remind the visitors of the islands’ old traditions.

    The Rahja archipelago is a wonderful, sheltered destination for a geocaching trip, kayaking, SUP paddling or cross-country skiing. Kayaks can be rented at Kalajoen Latu’s Konikarvo pier. For more information and reservations, call +358 50 461 6508. Fishing licences for the Rahja archipelago can be purchased at Tapion Tupa, tel. +358 8 466 622. For information on transport to the Rahja archipelago, contact the local entrepreneurs, see the section Guided tours, transport, event programme services and rental equipment. For more information, please visit www.luontoon.fi/rahja

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    Guided tours to Maakalla and event programme services at the Sand Dunes, the Siiponjoki river and, during the winter time, the Rahja archipelago. Smoke sauna and kota hut events with meals and flavoured with local stories. Themed trip programmes for groups.

    femEmare Oy
    +358 40 722 6401
    www.fememare.fi

Siiponjoki Nature Trail

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    Siiponjoki Nature Trail

    Siiponjoki Nature Trail
    This 20-kilometre nature trail runs across magnificent pine forests to the shores of the Siiponjoki river. There is a kota hut and two lean-tos by the river. The river snakes through the sandy
    terrain, constantly reshaping its bed and creating a magical atmosphere and the occasional lush riverbank grove in the otherwise open woodland landscape. Downstream, the river forms a number of distributaries that flow into the sea at the Rahja archipelago. The nature trail offers some of the best scenery in Kalajoki.

    Excercise tracks/wooden paths in the sand dune area»

    The start and finish spot
    Tapion Tupa
    Matkailutie 3
    +358 8 466 622
    www.tapiontupa.com

    Guided tours to Maakalla and event programme services at the Sand Dunes, the Siiponjoki river and, during the winter time, the Rahja archipelago. Smoke sauna and kota hut events with meals and flavoured with local stories. Themed trip programmes for groups.

    femEmare Oy
    +358 40 722 6401
    www.fememare.fi

The Sand Dune Duckboards

Bird-watching towers

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    Bird-watching towers

    The Vihaslahti bird tower and nature reserve
    Vihaslahti is home to several bird species, and bird-watchers can spot them feeding and nesting there. Vihaslahti is part of the Vihas-Keihäslahti conservation area. You can reach this area by hiking along the Sand Dune duckboards. The distance from the Visitor Centre is approximately 4 kilometres. The Vihaslahti cove has a hut, bird tower, BBQ spot, toilets and information boards.

    http://www.luontoon.fi/kalajoenluontokeskus

Running tracks, ski tracks and skating spots

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    Running tracks, ski tracks and skating spots

    Running tracks, ski tracks and skating spots
    A sport track serving Nordic walkers and joggers runs near the Sand Dunes through a beautiful pine forest. The track takes you all the way to the Hiihtomaja ski hut and onwards for several kilometres towards the sea and Maristo’s beautiful area in Vihaslahti. In the winter, the running track turns into an extensive ski track network, parts of which are lit. The ski tracks run right through our services, so why not stop by for something hot to drink? Kalajoki also has several natural spots and rinks for ice skating, and these are all free to use.

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    Hiking maps:
    Kalajoki Visitor Centre
    Jukupolku 5
    +358 20 639 7007
    www.nationalparks.fi/en/kalajokivisitorcentre

    Ski track conditions and locations, ice conditions and ice skating areas:
    mski.fi/kalajoki

    The Sand Dune ice rink:
    Safaritalo, Merisärkäntie 10

    Skiing, ice skating and Nordic skating equipment rentals and ski waxing service:

    Safaritalo, Merisärkäntie 10, puh. +358 45 111 6633