Things to Do and See in Kalajoki Visitor Centre

Permanent Exhibition

The Real stories from the Bothnian Bay exhibition presents the wonders of the Bothnian Bay and its marine cultural heritage. Children are able to plunge into an underwater world and angle for the biggest fish in Finland. The exhibition is full of stories of the inventive peasants of the coast, trade trips abroad and the area's impressive shipbuilding history.

Guided Group Tours

Book a guided group tour in advance at the Visitor Centre's customer service desk. The guided group tour is 50€/group/hour (incl. VAT 24%). The recommended maximum size of the group is 25 people.

Tour of the Real stories from the Botnian Bay -exhibition

  • Suitable for all ages.
  • The tour takes 1 h.

Reference Library

You can explore the natural features of the Bothnian Bay and its species in our reference library, which boasts a variety of nature guide books (plants, mushrooms, birds, insects, etc.).

Films at the Meeting room

Upon request, the following presentations are shown in the Visitor Centre's meeting room. The presentations are free of charge.

Nature Trails and Routes

  • The Lankkupolku Trail (a duckboard trail, 4 km in one direction) runs in front of the Kalajoki Visitor Centre all the way to Vihaslahti, which is located in the sand-dune shore area. The trail is accessible by pram and there are benches along the trail.
  • Along the Lankkupolku Trail, you will also find the "Kirkolta Kallaan" culture trail (2 km in one direction), which presents the marine past of Kalajoki. The trail runs across the Vihas-Keihäslahti nature conservation area. At the end of the trail at Vihaslahti, you will find a bird-watching tower, a campfire site and a nature information shelter.
  • The Boat Nature Trail (10 km) in the Rahja archipelago runs along the sheltered and shallow bay between Pappilankari and the mainland. You can make the excursion by rowboat or by canoe. There are six information boards, lean-to shelters, campfire sites and two open wilderness huts along this route.
  • The start and end points of the Siiponjoki Nature Trail (20 km) are located in front of Tapion Tupa ( close to Highway no. 8, two kilometres from the Visitor centre. The route runs across the gorgeous pine heaths onto the banks of the River Siiponjoki. There are two lean-to shelters and a Campfire hut on the riverbanks.

Outdoor Etiquette

1. Respect nature.

2. Mainly use marked trails.

3. Camp only where it is allowed.

4. Light your campfire only where it is allowed.

5. Do not litter.

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