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30.04.2018

Summer fun for the whole family in Vaasa!

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Vasa offers affordable accommodation and different options for an enjoyable stay with children. 

Examples of accommodation solutions:

Standard room with an extra bed or cot

A spacious double room opening out towards the square or courtyard, with a bathroom equipped with a shower or bathtub. An option for an extra bed for a child (box-spring mattress). The room does not have a minibar. Three rooms are equipped with a cot, while other rooms also have plenty of room for a cot.

Superior room combined with a standard room by a connecting door
Superior rooms are spacious and cosy rooms opening out toward the square or courtyard. The rooms are equipped with bathrobes and slippers, an electric kettle and a minibar. These rooms can also be equipped with extra beds for children, either an extra bed for one child or a sofa bed for two children. Superior rooms can be combined with double rooms equipped with a 160 cm wide double bed by a connecting door. This is an excellent option for larger families.

Combi rooms need to be booked directly from the hotel.  
Other equipment in both room types: hair dryer, ironing option, parquet flooring, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

Standard rooms do not have a minibar, but there are small locked refrigerators in the corridor on floors 4 and 6 where you can keep your own snacks. 
There are also microwave ovens on these floors.

For more information and reservations:

Reception: tel. +358 20 780 88 00, vaakuna.vaasa@sokoshotels.fi
Sales service: tel. +358 20 780 88 50 sales.vaakunavaasa@sokoshotels.fi

Activities in Vaasa

UNESCO world heritage site

Vaasa offers various options for family holidays. Nature lovers will enjoy Korsholm where you can admire the famous Kvarken Archipelago, UNESCO's world heritage site and Finland's only nature heritage site. The breathtakingly beautiful route starts from the centre of Vaasa to the Svedjehamn harbour located in Björköby and to the world heritage site through the Replot Bridge, the longest bridge in Finland, and magnificent scenery. When you reach the destination, you can admire the beautiful sea and unique moraine deposits from the Saltkaret observation tower.

Stundars

Travel back in time in the ancient village of Stundars in Korsholm, and experience how people lived in a rural village in the 1900s. Located in Sulva, Stundars is one of the largest museums and culture centres in Finland. The museum consists of 60 buildings which have been relocated from Korsholm villages and from other parts of the Vaasa region. It features genuine traditional rural buildings, such as a village shop, school, farmhouse and different artisanal workshops. Stundars is open around the year. The museum features an annually changing theme, i.e. the year in which the museum lives and breathes. In 2017, Stundars represents the year 1917 to celebrate the centenary of the Finnish independence.

Tropiclandia, Zip Adventure Park, HopLop and Swingeling

Vaasa has a number of beaches close to the city centre. Even if it is cold outside, it is always summer at Tropiclandia, or you can head for the HopLop indoor adventure park on Meijerinkatu to climb and play. Swingeling, located in Sepänkylä, invites your whole family to play and have fun in the jungle of more than 1,000 m2. If you are into sports, try SUP boarding in Hietasaari or have an adventure amidst the treetops at Zip Adventure Park.

Wasaline

Wasaline offers a hassle-free and beautiful shortcut across Kvarken every day aboard m/s Wasa Express. The route from Vaasa to Umeå is the shortest sea route to Sweden and passes through the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. Enjoy good food and a friendly atmosphere.

Cruises in the archipelago

Janne's Saloon is located in Kuusisaari in the Vaasa archipelago. In summer, you can get there on your own boat or a rented boat, or you can take a cruise on m/s Tiira. The trip takes 20–35 minutes, and m/s Tiira departs from the Inner Harbour of Vaasa every day from 24 June to 13 August 2017. 

Museums

Further information and opening hours: Museums in Vaasa

PowerPark

PowerPark, Finland's largest and most exciting funland, is located in the legendary plains of Ostrobothnia, some 78 km from Vaasa. It offers 130 hectares of fun, speed, experiences and activities for people of all ages. In a little over a decade, the dream of one visionary and innovator has developed into the most valued travel destination in Finland – the world of imagination for people of all ages and sizes.

Aava Kerttu domestic animal farm

The farm is located in Södra Vallgrund village, in the world heritage site area, some 32 km from Vaasa. Both traditional and a little rarer domestic animals live on the farm. Aava Kerttu domestic animal farm lets you spend a relaxing day and enjoy a genuine rural setting, while having a cup of coffee or while grooming and looking after the animals. 

Events in summer

Vaasa Choir Festival, 9–13 May 2018

The start of the festival season! 100 concerts, 2,000 singers! Main performers: Ilo Ensemble, Kraja, Musta lammas, Female Choir Välke, Spira Ensemble, Svanholm Singers, Tampere Philharmonic Choir, Academic Student Choir Pedavoces

YleXpop free concert at Vaasa square, 2 June 2018

More information to be released soon!

FestiVilla, 15–16 June 2018

Villa Sandviken's festival features the best performances of the summer in Hietalahti park. In addition to the top performers of Finland, FestiVilla offers tasty food, high-quality wines, picnics and the unique setting of Villa Sandviken. Children can enjoy the festival atmosphere on their own festival day on Saturday.

Wasa Football Cup, 6–8 July 2018

In nearly 30 years, this event has grown into one of the largest junior football tournaments in Finland, featuring more than 250 teams from around the world. Wasa Football Cup has an international atmosphere, excellent grass and artificial turf fields, plenty of matches every day and just the right amount of leisure time.

Further information: Wasa Football Cup

UEFA European Under-19 Championship, 16–29 July 2018

Further information: U19

Korsholm Music Festival, 25 July – 2 August 

Vaasa Festival, 27–28 August 2018

Further information: Vaasa Festival

Night of Arts, 9 August 2018

Come and experience the Night of Arts on a hot August night on Thursday 9 August 2018, when the city turns into a massive living room for people and culture!

Vaasan Marssi, 9–11 August 2018

The three-day walking event Vaasan Marssi  takes over the streets and roads of the Vaasa region every year in August. This year's walk will be held on 9–11 August 2018. Arranged by Vaasan Kävelyklubi, the event represents Finland in the international IML Walking Association.

Information about all events is available here

Visit Vaasa, Rewell Center, 2nd floor, tel. +358 6 325 1145, visit.vaasa@visitvaasa.fi Open Mon–Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 2 pm 

SUMMER INFO VAASA Market Square Open every day from 9 am and 7 pm in June–August 2018