Korsholm Things to Do
Söderfjärden, in Solf - Sundom in Ostrobothnia, Finland, which is located about 10 km south of the city of Vaasa. The plain is located in a 560 million year old meteorite crater.-A well-equipped astronomical observatory with a telescope to study the sky.-An bird observation tower in the middle of Finland's most important cranes resting place.-A...more
This open field was, according to scientists, created as a result of a meteorite impact some 560 million years ago. The place was named much later though, and the name in Swedish refers to a type of sound. Until the 1700s, this was indeed water-covered. Because of the land elevation phenomenon, the sound turned into marshy areas that were finally...more
If you visit Replot island, you might as well also venture out to Björkö. Björkö and Replot are separated by a small sound, but maybe not for long (the land elevation phenomenon). Björkö, having been rather remote from the mainland until the replot bridge was built in 1997, has retained some of its fishing village charm even while Replot is...more
If you are going South-North or North-South along E8 north of Vaasa, you can stop by Kvevlax (Fi. Koivulahti) to have a look at the second oldest wooden church in Finland. (The oldest is in Vörå/Vöyri, just a bit north along the same road.) This church is also a so called Road Church (Vägkyrka/Tiekirkko), to which you will find signs along the...more
The Stundars Open Air museum in Solf (Fi. Sulva) in Korsholm (Fi. Mustasaari) is well worth a visit for anyone interested in experience life as it was back around 1900. The buildings were moved here from other parts of Ostrobothnia in the 1960s and 1970s, to construct a museum for coming generations and - in many cases - salvage lovely old wooden...more
The Solf Church is a somewhat typical example of Ostrobothnian wooden churches, even though the colour (tan) is a tad unusual. The building we see today is the second one, the first one was built in 1626. The first church soon became too small despite several extensions, and the people of Solf decided to build a new one. The new one was completed...more
When you enter this place, it looks like any other lunch place/café in a Finnish town or village. The furnishing is nothing special, nor is the menu terribly creative, but you get a few standard dishes to choose from (like the Wienerschnitzel) and if you fancy just a coffee break, you should be able to find something you like. Prices are better than in Vaasa, because of the less expensive location.
If you wonder about the name, no it is not after Fredrika (a woman's name in Swedish), but Fredik (a man's name). In the Swedish dialect spoken in this area, the possessive form takes an additional "a" between a consonant and the possessive "s". Confused? Well, join the rest of us non-local dialect speakers. ;)
We went outside to sit and we had the place to ourselves! We enjoyed our food surrounded by green plants and listening to the fountain behind us. A truly restful place with great fare.
This is a place to go when you want to have typical Finnish restaurant food at a good price and in a quiet place. We'd go again.
Favorite Dish: We had fried salmon with potatoes and salad. The salad was standard lunch restaurant issue (good but not great), but the fish was wonderful as were the potatoes (not the healthy version, I'm afraid).
Korsholm Off The Beaten Path
Well, the sights may not be off the beaten path, but the mode of transport may take you there ;)
Distances in Korsholm are great enough for you to need some sort of transport just to get from one village to another. Bikes offer an excellent means of transport and good exercise. You also get to see more than through the car window (especially if you're the one driving).
You can pick up a booklet of bike routes at the tourist info in Vaasa or you could try my favourite route (some 30 kms so plan accordingly):
Vaasa (Vasklot) - Sundom - Munsmo - Solf - Vaasa. The first bit is somewhat boring, but soon you come into Sundom village, quaint as many villages here. Past Sundom village (part of Vaasa municipality), do stop by the cute Munsmo harbour (turn left past Sundom, by a small black sign saying "Munsmo Hamn"). This used to be a very busy place up until the early 1900s. Now it's too shallow for ships, as you will be able to tell, because of the land elevation phenomenon. After Munsmo harbour, do check out the Söderfjärden crater. In Solf, check out Stundars, the church and maybe stop for lunch at Fredrikas. After Solf, it gets a bit boring again, but then again, you will have seen many a pretty cottage and well-tended garden and by this time you may want to take the shortest route to a place of rest.
From Vaasa to Sundom you will have a bike lane, but from Sundom until past Solf you will travel along small village roads. Do be careful as the locals may drive like madmen here as they know the roads well. But there is little traffic so there should be no problems as long as you pay attention.
The below link is for bike rental and bike tours.Related to:
Korsholm Sports & Outdoors
In Korsholm we are proud to have Finland's largest building for indoor sports activities, the Botnia Hall. It has an area of 16.000 m2 (172000 sqf) and stretches 20 m (65 ft) above the ground. It contains a full size football field, four 400 m Mondo tracks and a gym. It offers a great variety of sports activities for both amateurs and proffessionals.