Kalajoki wishes all dogs welcome!
Kalajoki offers a fantastic maritime environment for outdoor activities for you and your pet. Many establishments also welcome dogs and their owners with their arms wide-open.
Amongst others, you will find wooden duckboards all along the sand dunes area, allowing you to easily discover the sandy coast. The duckboards lead to the Vihaslahti nature trail, on the northern side of the touristic center. The Siiponjoki trail begins close to Tapion Tupa, on the other side of Highway 8.
Other than these bigger trails, small paths and routes crisscross over the whole area, offering numerous routes to discover the touristic center’s nature. You can find some paths at the southern side of the Hiekkasärkät holiday area, close to the roundabout near the Shopping Centre Loisto and ABC Hiekkasärkät.
Please find more information about the nature sites of Kalajoki here
and find the maps here.
There are several dog-friendly restaurants within the Hiekkasärkät holiday area, where you can take your dog along:
Beach Bar Surffari
Surffari, located at the heart of the Kalajoki Camping, attracts folk with good food, music and a relaxed beach vibe. The location on the dunes ensures great views and atmosphere. Families and groups of friends enjoy Surffari, and in addition to holiday-makers, also locals head here for delicious pizzas, burgers and tex mex. The glazed terrace ensures weatherproof entertainment.
Surffari can also be booked for private use in the winter: Christmas parties, meetings and birthdays in the spectacular frozen sea landscape will be remembered for a long time!
Dogs are also welcome to Surffari.
Gastropub Sandy Kelt
Sandy Kelt, located in the heart of Hiekkasärkät, is an authentic Irish pub with a welcoming Celtic atmosphere and an excellent selection of drinks. Sandy Kelt offers international gastropub food, burgers, ribs and wings. Live music is played almost every day in summer and at weekends for the rest of the year.
Sandy Kelt is dog-friendly restaurant!
Hotel and restaurant Lokkilinna
Lokkilinna offers top rate accommodation in an amazing location near the sea and the beach. All rooms have sea views. Lokkilinna also has time-share cabins for 2-8 people at the Hiekkasärkät holiday area. In the summer, you can enjoy live music at the hotel’s sun terrace. The sea view restaurant has an à la carte menu and a lunch buffet.
Lokkilinna’s terrace is dog-friendly.
Restaurant Stage offers entertainment round the clock! You can enjoy the authentic stone oven pizzas, tasty house burgers and other BBQ treats. Stage has sunbathing terraces with a beautiful sea view and daily karaoke in the summer.
The restaurant is dog-friendly.
Lohilaakso Fish Restaurant
Restaurant Lohilaakso is located in a rustic and natural setting, where you can enjoy local white fish and fresh salmon meals and salads. You can also take along your portions and fish prepared. Special coffees, beers, and drinks are also available from the bar.
Pets are welcome on Lohilaakso’s outdoor terrace.
Pihvitupa Steak House
Pihvitupa Steak House is an à la carte restaurant that will please the friends of good steaks.
Pihvitupa serves rustic gourmet meals prepared from local ingredients as well as a selection of quality wines.
The restaurant welcomes its guests all year round, offering them a warm and memorable atmosphere.
All meals are prepared from the start in Pihvitupa’s own kitchen.
Pets are welcome to join their owners at the restaurant’s outdoor terrace.
Beachrosé beach café is located right by the beach. You are most welcome to come to enjoy the fresh salads and paninis or refresh yourself with a tasty smoothie or ice cream. Have some tea or a special coffee, with a yummy piece of cake! Beachrosé often has live music shows, for the pleasure of all guests (free entry to the gigs!)
Beachrosé is dog-friendly!
Henry’s Saloon brings the Wild West atmosphere to the heart of the Hiekkasärkät holiday area!
At Henry’s Saloon, you’ll enjoy restaurants’ own recipes from wings with a secret special sauce to tasty pizzas and other finger food. The skilled bartenders create the drinks and refreshments of your choice. At Henry’s Saloon, there’s something for every taste!
Henry’s Saloon is open throughout the year and is a dog-friendly.
Restaurant Mamma Leone
Mamma Leone is a cosy restaurant for the whole family, located right in the heart of Kalajoki.
The versatile menu includes tasty dishes, pizzas, burgers, and steaks as well as delicious ice-creams. Lunch is served on weekdays.
Pets are welcome on the terrace.
Dog-friendly accommodation possibilities
Extend your stay and spend a few nights in Kalajoki, check our the dog-friendly lodgings
Kalajoki Booking Centre
The most diverse range of accommodation options in the region:
almost 300 options in Kalajoki!
Choose a holiday home, villa, traditional cabin, apartment or hotel room, based on your needs.
In addition to accommodation, you can make reservations for all the services in the area at the Booking Centre: activities, meals, tickets, transport, and meeting facilities and services.
There are several dog-friendly accommodation options available.
Santa's Resort & Spa Hotel Sani
Santa’s Resort & Spa Hotel Sani is located in the heart of the Hiekkasärkät holiday area. In addition to the hotel rooms and modern apartments, the resort also houses Spa SaniFani, the atmospheric family restaurant Bistro, an indoor play area, Marine Visitor Centre, treatment and well-being services, a hairdresser, a gym, an escape room and a bowling alley – everything you need to have a memorable holiday!
Sani also has dog-friendly rooms.
Hiekka Booking rents holiday apartments for short-term use
at Hiekkasärkät holiday area.
There are new holiday apartments available around Hilmantori square,
for example, and the Aurinkoranta sites feature fantastic sauna and meeting facilities
with a sea view. In several housing companies, Hiekka rents out neighbouring apartments,
which allows even larger groups to keep the distances between
their accommodations short.
You can book Hiekka’s accommodations even on the same day you would like to arrive.
There are several dog-friendly apartment options available.
Finland’s largest and most popular camp site at the famous Hiekkasärkät Sand Dunes! First-rate apartments, cosy little cabins, and a caravan and camping site next to the beach. At Kalajoki Camping you can find Beach Bar Surffari, BBQ shelters and an ice cream kiosk. The area also has a minigolf course, playground, beach volleyball court and beach football field. Rental equipment is available, e.g. SUP boards, minigolf and bicycles.
+358 8469 5200
Take your dog along to discover the activities available at the Hiekkasärkät area!
Adventure Park Pakka
Finland’s most versatile adventure park! The climbing courses, together with their zip line rides, guarantee fun and exciting outdoor adventures year-round for people of all ages! In addition, we have bungee trampolines, an adventure tower X-Tower with a 330-meter Mega Slide above the Sand Dunes, an 18-fairway disc golf course, the Pakkagolf golf course, and archery competitions. Afterward, visit Café Pakka for sweet and savory snacks. The café also provides a Golf Pro Shop and disc golf rental services.
Adventure Park Pakka is a dog-friendly area.
Rautio Sports Surf Center
Finland’s largest Surf Center is located at Kalajoki Camping, giving access to a wide array of seaside activities. Surf Center serves windsurfers, kitesurfers and stand up paddlers offering beginners’ courses, rental equipment, and equipment testing. The center’s shop sells casual beach way throughout the summer.
Rautio Sports Surf Center organizes safaris, courses, and training for individuals and groups. All of the Center’s SUP boards are dog-resistant, you are most welcome to try out this activity with your pet!
Check the course and training offered on the Surf Center website!
Remember: many of Rautio Surf Center’s activities are available all year round. Experience the cooler version of windsurfing, that is winter kite surfing, or kiteboarding in the winter on the frozen sea. You can ride along the shoreline with an e-bike all year round! In wintertime, snow covers the sandy beaches and the sea freezes over, offering a different and broader playground for adventure!
Doggy treats and much more
A new toy or collar? Maybe some treats or some food? Visit the stores in town for some doggy goodies!
K-Supermarket Kalajoki is far more than just a grocery store! Located in the heart of Kalajoki, right by highway 8, this store gathers all you could need for your stay. There are various services at hand, such as the Buy and Pick Up service, Alko, Veikkaus lottery games, the Matkahuolto pick-up point as well as a recycling collection point. Visit the store for fresh meat and fish, perfect for grilling for instance! You will also find fresh vegetables and fruits. The shop also has a bistro and salad bar, as well as a wide range of soft drinks. The K-Supermarket is also a great place to buy local products for a bargain, as it favors local food products.
This S-Group versatile grocery store is located in the city center of Kalajoki. The shore hosts a wide range of services, ranging from a bottle return service, Veikkaus lottery games, a collection point as well as an ABC gas station.
Good to know
You can find a small dog park at Kalajoki Camping on your left from the gate. All dogs are welcome anytime!
There is unfortunately no official dog-friendly beach in Kalajoki. Locals are used to taking their dogs for a swim at the beach located on the south side of Keskuskarintie, by the Marina area.
Veterinary care in Kalajoki:
Veterinary care services include basic services by veterinarians, the provision of urgent veterinary care and monitoring of animal health and welfare. Please find more information here.
Service location in Kalajoki:
The closest pharmacy, Kalajoen apteekki, is in the city center of Kalajoki, at Kalajoentie 30.
More dog-friendly places in Finland and Sweden: bringthedog.se