Experience the gems of the Vaasa region – from the world’s best gin to a UNESCO Heritage site

Credits: Visit Vaasa/ VASEK

Starting Point: Vaasa
3 days

Journey: Experience the gems of the Vaasa region

Nature and culture go hand-in-hand in the western coastal region of Vaasa. On this journey, you’ll explore historic Vaasa city and the unique Kvarken Archipelago, Finland's only Natural World Heritage Site to make the UNESCO World Heritage List. While you’re there, visit Kyrö Distillery to sample the world's best gin.
Kesäinen ilta-auringon valaisema saaristomaisema Merenkurkun maailmanperintöalueella. Etualalla puinen kalamaja. Kuva: Pekka Lehtonen.

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

Finland's only Natural World Heritage Site to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Kvarken Archipelago consists of more than 5,000 islands scattered throughout the Gulf of Bothnia. This gorgeous region offers many activities, including sailing, cycling, and fishing, making it an ideal spot for outdoorsy types. From Vaasa, it’s about a 30-minute drive to Kvarken Archipelago, the first stop on this journey.

Travel tip

To try the world's best gin at Kyrö Distillery, take a 30-minute drive from Vaasa to Isokyrö. Alternatively, take the train to Tervajoki, and then hire a taxi for the 10-minute drive to the distillery.

Places to eat in Vaasa region

For a smaller city, Vaasa has a surprising array of unique restaurant offerings. From budget eats to local fine dining, here are a few places to consider.
"Nordic risotto"

Restaurant HEJM

Places to stay in Vaasa region

Finish your trip to the historical city of Vaasa with a night in a hotel or cabin. Here are a few places that can serve as your home base.