EXPERIENCE THE OLD WOODEN TOWN AND ARCTIC ARCHIPELAGO
Enjoy the Finnish Archipelago. Go island hopping, pack your lunch in a backpack and go for an expedition. Go for a walk in the old wooden town and tune in to the stories of the past and present.
Raahe region is a compatible sum of great parts: Raahe, Siikajoki and Pyhäjoki. Our home is located in North Ostrobothnia, Finland, on the shore of the Bay of Bothnia, between and on the banks of the Siikajoki and Pyhäjoki rivers. Read our story here >>
We hope these pages will give you plenty of reasons to visit the Raahe region. Read stories with true love #withtruelove of how locals and those who left their heart here describe their memories, moments and places that were meaningful to them. Explore accommodation options; here you can find hotels, charming apartments in the old town’s wooden houses, traditional cottages and farms in the peaceful countryside. Give yourself and your friends time and eat well. Enjoy physical activities and well-being inside and outdoors, hike and explore, enjoy culture and get inspired by art and many stories. Find activities for the whole family. Slow down or speed up, however you like, as long as you enjoy it.
My name is Tiina Tiirola, and I was born and raised in the village of Pirttikoski in Pyhäjoki. I have lived in other parts of the world but my heritage always drew me back. I work in Pyhäjoki and live in the village centre with my family. Even so, my home will always be Pirttikoski. I am the secretary of the Pirttikoski village association and, as one of the village residents, I do my best to help the local community.
Although I currently live in the Pyhäjoki village centre, my identity is strongly tied to the village of Pirttikoski. Looking back on the summers of my childhood, the first thing that comes to mind is playing and swimming in the river. We were free to enjoy ourselves how we liked. No adults had the time to come watch over us, with all the work to be done on the fields or in the cowshed. We, too, took part in the work tasks since early childhood, but whenever we had a moment to spare, we went to the river to swim – or just play and have fun.
The river is what still draws me to the area. The allure never fades despite the transitions from warm summer days, colourful autumn nights, clear wintry weather to springtime. The atmosphere by the river never stays the same for long. The mind stays calm witnessing the peaceful movement of the water and the colours of the sky reflected on its surface. And the rapids have an appeal of their own.
Experience life on the river and its banks from near and far
The river is always full of life. You can watch fish dart around in the water and observe birds, such as swans, mallards or other weary travellers from afar, nesting on the banks. The best way to experience the river is to get on it with a row boat, canoe or SUP board. In the winter, the river is ideal for skiing and hiking. The tracks criss-crossing on the snow reveal that the area is full of all manner of wildlife. In the spring, you can experience the awesome power of nature as the ice breaks and is carried away by the strengthening current. You can also see migratory birds and new leaves sprouting from tree branches. In the autumn, the water reflects the wonderful colours of nature, multiplying their beauty.
Following the river from the village centre home to Pirttikoski
The roads on the banks of Pyhäjoki River are ideal for observing life and seasonal changes in the environment. They are perfect for hiking and biking. You can follow the northern bank from the village centre to Pirttikoski and return along the southern bank. This amounts to about 18 km of travel. Those looking for a longer route can continue along the river from Pyynpuho all the way to Hellaamäki. In the summer, the swimming spot by the Kuusiniemi bridge in Pirttikoski provides a wonderful place to rest and relax. You can take a swim, roast some sausages on an open fire or use the eco-toilets. You can also sit in the swing and simply enjoy the river flowing by. Should you want to get on the river itself, a boat provided by the village association is available at the beach. You can hop in it and row from the Antin koski rapids to the Tirilän koski rapids to, once again, gain an entirely new perspective on the river.
Flowing beauty at all hours through the seasons
Pyhäjoki is so much more than just any river. It cuts through the Pirttikoski village, with a small island at the heart of the village centre, and continues on its path towards the sea. It is a sight to be experienced regardless of the season – a sight that can also demonstrate its devastating power during flood season. The river is a monument to the beauty of nature that can be enjoyed at all hours and in all seasons, with the proper respect to the environment and the flowing waters.
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My name is Sari Nurro, born and bread in Raahe, ex-pat having lived in New York and the metropolises of West Africa. Why Raahe? Because it is safe and compassionate and provides roots for growing for my daughter. I am Chairperson of the Raahe Association for the Local History and Tradition
Old Raahe and The Trade House of Lang
Packhouse Museum and Sovelius House
Ahon Limousin farm, Helena ja Pasi Kukkonen, Tuomioja
Hai Long Torni Chinese restaurant
Raahe Theatre ja Event House Raahe services
My Raahe is equivalent to Manhattan’s Chelsea historical district but on the West Coast of Finland. It is the Porvoo of Northern Finland, where a diverse population co-exists from all walks of life - workers, artists, hipsters, tree huggers. A place where everyone has a decent life, creativity flourishes and even goofy experiments take place.
My Raahe is the city of the Queen and other strong female personalities.
My Raahe is the city of the Queen and other strong female personalities. Determined ja liberal Christina ruled as Queen of Sweden when Raahe was founded in 1649 by the Count Pehr Brahe. Already then Raahe was a vibrant merchant area which thrived on the idea of global trade. Also Ms. Sophia Lybecker’s, a philantropist daughter to a wealthy 19th century businessman, intellectual and social heritage has remained strong in the city, where a person in dire straits is helped rather than further punished.
Diverse and strong industrial base has been the backbone of Raahe throughout its history. It means smooth sailing of daily life for city’s modern inhabitants who rarely suffer from electric or water system failures, not even during blizzards or stormy weathers.
Everything I need here is literally within a walking or canoeing distance
In the heart of Raahe is the countryside, the nature and vibrant cultural life. This literally means a walking or canoeing distance. Locally produced food is easily available. In winter time, exotic Arctic glaciers and ice formations on the sea are within easy reach. Fresh fish from the local fishermen is a fabulous delight to taste. Smoked whitefish is my favourite, as well as brown bread à la Mannerheim, topped with whitefish roe, pickled cucumber, onion slices and sour cream. The Bay of Bothnia never ceases to take my breath away, its rugged beauty during winter time, its soft sand dunes in the summer and clean beaches to swim, as well as the annual Raahe Jazz on the Beach events on the shores.
The old quartiers are again filled with kids’ play and laughter
When Raahe’s historical district has flourished usually the whole city has been well-off. Young families are again moving to the historical district and the old quartiers are nowadays filled with kids’ play and laughter. Historical district attracts inhabitants both from the nearby areas, as well as from global megacities. My ancestry in Raahe area dates back for hundreds of years, although I have lived in New York and West Africa for many years. I returned to my childhood city as it is safe and humane, providing ancestral roots to my daughter.
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Explore the Raahe archipelago, the Old Raahe and, before Christmas, the Christmas Calendar of Old Raahe independently with the Glopas audio guide service. The guide is available every day of the year.
You can download the Glopas app free of charge from the app store of your smartphone. Available for Android devices on Google Play Store and for iOS devices on App Store. Activate location data access on your device to launch stories automatically when you approach each destination. Put the phone in your pocket, your headphones on and get going!
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Address: Merikatu 10, Raahe
Phone: +358 (0)40 135 6949
The latest member of the local museum family, the Crown Granary, is located but a short walk from the centre Raahe. The former state granary sheds light on Raahe’s past from prehistory to modern times and also currently holds the famous oldest diving suit in the world the Old Gentleman. At this museum, you get to do more than just look at the items on display, as touching and trying things out are very much permitted. Between experiencing the museum’s other content, visitors can pet the seal lady Harmastus, try on a heavy diver’s helmet, lift loads with pulleys or work on an ancient Giant’s Church stone enclosure. The exhibition at the Crown Granary is updated continuously, so there is sure to be something new to experience each time you visit.
Category: Whole family, Museums & churches, Attractions
Address: Uimahallintie 8, Raahe
Phone: 08 221 474
Kuntokeidas Vesipekka is a modern, completely renovated swimming and sports centre for the whole family. At the pools, you can relax at the massage points of the multipurpose pool and massage away your daily stress under water jets or participate in group activities. For the kids, there are children’s pools and a 45 m water slide. For swimmers, there is a fitness pool and a deep pool. The Wibit obstacle course is in use approximately once a month. After taking a dip in the cold-water pool, you can enjoy the soft heat of the steam rooms.
The gym is equipped with new modern equipment. The whole family will enjoy glow bowling at the bowling alley. In the ball game hall, you can play tennis, floorball, badminton and volleyball. The ArinaAreena airdome provides an environment for playing football and Finnish baseball. We also have personal trainer and testing services and a solarium. At our café, you can order a serving of coffee to the meeting room or for a recreation day.
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Address: Rantakatu 33, Raahe
Phone: 040 135 6850
The Packhouse lies in Old Raahe by the sea. The oldest of the local museums introduces its visitors to the illustrious age of sailing ships in Raahe and the exotic treasures that the sailors brought back home from their travels. The museum’s Church Hall features the magnificent wooden sculptures made by Mikael Balt for the old church of Raahe. Their enchantingly vivid colours and intricate ornamentation harken back to the Baroque period. This “museum within a museum” is a cornucopia of artefacts and stories, with enough to see to last multiple visits.
Category: Whole family, Museums & churches, Attractions
Address: Musta 14, Raahe
Phone: 050 370 7111
We welcome you to paddling trips in the Raahe archipelago, guided by Botnia Outdoor. We offer a variety of paddling trips to the archipelago, from short to long ones. You can take part in the short trips without any previous paddling experience, but for longer paddling trips we recommend you first take a beginners’ course in paddling (EPP1) or that you have some previous paddling experience. Botnia Outdoor's professional guides take care of your safety during guided tours and you can concentrate on enjoying paddling and surrounding nature.
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Address: Hietamaantie 92, Ruukki Siikajoki
Phone: 040 543 0150
Ruukki’s new karting circuit, which is perhaps one of the best circuits in Northern Finland especially for juniors, offers fantastic experiences for drivers. The club has go-karts for hire suitable for drivers from 5 years upwards. Ruukin FK organises go-kart hire, competitions and camps. The service building of the circuit, Vauhtimaja, has a floor area of 250 m2, including space for 40 diners (including dishes) and a kitchen for cooking, five toilets, one of which is accessible and includes a nursing table, dressing rooms for approximately 40 people and separate saunas for men and women.
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Address: Rantakatu 36, Raahe
Phone: 044 439 3334
Upstairs in the Sovelius House, presumably the oldest preserved building in Raahe, there is a restored home of a shipowner. The home offers an overview of the whole panoply of the wealthy home inhabited by a shipowner and merchant in the 1890s. The exquisite heirloom furniture, abundance of small objects, novelties of the period, ship paintings and traditional house plants take the visitor on a journey back in time to the glory of the Age of Sail. On dark evenings, you may see a candle burning in the window of the master’s room, a sign of everlasting, unhappy love. Before Christmas, around Anna’s Day, the Shipowner’s Home will be decorated for Christmas with genuine 19th-century ornaments, and stories of old traditions will contribute to the Christmas spirit.
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