In December 2006, I was visiting my parents in Kajaani and one morning I was browsing through the local news paper when I saw an article about a German guy and his Ukrainian fiance who live in Berlin. They were posing in front of the old town hall in the freezing weather, the bride was holding a bunch of flowers and was all dressed up in white....more
The Evangelic-Lutheran church in Kajaani is one of the finest examples of the new Gothic architectural movement, which originated in mid-18th century England. It was completed in about a year and it was consecrated the same year, in 1896. The church is entirely made out of wood. It was designed by a Finnish architect Jacob Ahrenberg (1847-1914),...more
This picturesque wooden church was built in 1726. It houses highly valuable wall and ceiling paitings from the late 18th Century. The paintings were created by Emanuel Granberg. Over the years the paintings have suffered substantial damage caused by the leaking roof and have had to been restored twice in 1851 and between 1937-1942. One of the best...more
The ruins of Kajaani castle is the last medieval style fortification in the Nordic countries. Unlike its central European counterparts, it is not a royal or aristocratic castle, but its purpose was to protect Northern Ostrobothnia from Russians and oversee movements on the inland waterway. It also functioned as an administrative centre and a...more
Purola is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Kajaani. It is located on the south side of the river, next to pond “Kaupunginlampi” (the Town Pond). Its neighbour in the east is an area called Puistola, which also houses mainly detached wooden houses from the 1950s. Initially, the detached houses in Purola were occupied mainly by the staff of the...more
Have a look at Villa Koskikara.After the partly destruction of the Kajaani Paper Company during the second world war, the management has built an official residence and reception rooms for its management. This is the villa Koskikara. Later the house was abandoned, but during its 'high time' it has seen prominent guests like Urho Kekkonen (the...more
Just opposite the tar channel you will find a monument for the Jaegers, an elite infantry troop. The Jaegers were volunteers who went for training to Germany during the first world war.Kajaani was a center for the Jääkärit on their way towards and back from Germany. It is estimated that about 250 of them used the route through Kajaani.more
Kajaani was well located at the transport route for tar towards Oulu. The tar was produced in the wide forests of middle Finland then on waterways transported via Kajaani, the lake Oulu (Oulujärvi) and Oulu river (Oulujoki) to the town of Oulu. There the main amount of tar was sold and exported to the big sea nations of Europe. The tar was used to...more
Elias Lönnrot was a doctor in Kajaani, who formed the Finnish identity by travelling and collecting poems and stories from the people of Karelia. He finished his work, the Finnish national epic Kalevala in 1835. In case you can read Finnish, have a look here: Kalevala in Project Runeberg.Two flag days, day of Kalevala (February 28) and Day of the...more
Just a few steps away from the town square with its old city hall you will find the castle ruins of Kajaaninlinna. The ruins are nowadays located under a bridge, which is not giving a sight as expected of an old ruin. But looking at the history of the castle as ruin, it has for a long time been a stepstone to get over the river.According to...more
Have a look at the beautiful Kajaani Lutheran church designed by Jacob Ahrenberg.The church is well reachable by foot from the old city hall in the center of town.I haven't been inside, but check --->here! Find all necessary information for a visit at VisitFinland, linked below.more
You can either book a room in their recently built hotel or the holiday apartments. The hotel is...more
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Pekka Heikkinen is not the most coziest of cafes to sit in, but it is the best bakery in town or even the whole region by far. Their pastries are absolutely gorgeous. Try a portion of the clouldberry cake or if you like dark chocolate, why not try their sacher tart. Karelian pasties are lovely too if you like savoury treats. Everything is fresh and...more
Restaurant Sirius serves fine Finnish cuisine. Where possible, they use only local produce and ingredients including meat, eggs and dairy product. The restaurant is located in a prime location on a hill next to the Kajaani river with a view opening to the river and the castle ruins. The functionalist style building is known by the name Koskikara...more
"OMG!!!", you'll think. You're right to. This is a place that is so typical for this country that you've absolutely gotta see it. They have popular Finnish artists touring the country who will only be in this particular place once a year. They play Finnish popular music, and it's extremely popular - especially amongst the slightly older generations...more
20 Reviews and Opinions
Kajaani is one of those node cities, you can get from/to any other important city in Finland in the same day, by train or bus.
The train and bus stations are on the same area, a few blocks apart from each other.
This shop sells craft and art work from various locations in Finland. The gift items include kitchen towels and table clothes made of linen, tableware, soap, candles etc. They also feature a regional knitted clothing called "Kainuun Malli" (the Model of Kainuu), according to the way of governing the region. Apparently, this line has become hugely...more
R-Collection has made clothes since 1978. They started as a one shop business in northern Finland in Kajaani. Their factory outlet is still located in Kajaani, but now they also have shops in 5 towns/cities in Finland including Helsinki, Oulu, Kuopio, Rovaniemi and Joensuu. The lines and designs are typically simplistic and ageless, as they often...more
The publication of Finnish National Epic, Kalevala, was widely acclaimed in Finland, for they fuelled the aspirations of the emerging national awakening that ultimately led to Finland's independence from Russia in 1917.The book became a source of inspiration, context and substance, as Finns sought for a Finnish form in which to express mainstream...more
Finnish folk poetry was first written down in the 1670s. In the 19th century, collecting became more extensive and systematic when about 2 million verses were collected. Of these, about 1,2 million have been published and some half a million remain unpublished in the archives of the Finnish Literature Society, the collections in Estonia, the...more
In Northern Europe, the word 'tar' refers primarily to a substance derived from wood, which is nowadays used even as an additive in the flavoring of candy and other foods, since it is microbicidial and has a pleasant odor. The tar was prepared in the great pine forests where small land owners produced wood tar as a cash crop. It has also been used...more
Paltaniemi is a small town with a harbour, a few old churches and a pleasant atmosphere. It is only a short distance from Kajaani if you have a car or a bicycle. I unfortunatly had to rely on public transport, and the bus didn't go on Sundays (although I think it does go in the main season).
Walking takes long, and if you don't walk through the woods and some backroads (which of course makes it an even longer trip) it is very boring along the highway. I have been walking through backroads and the woods. On my way back I got lost in the woods, and kept walking circles. Maybe it is a good idea to find a map, and bring it along if you go walking.
The ultimate sport and leisure resort in the region is located in Vuokatti (somewhat 40 km away from Kajaani to East). The facilities include 200 kilometres of cross country skiing tracks, 12 down hill skiing slopes, an indoor ski tunnel, indoor half pipe, luxurious Katinkulta spa, golf couse, indoor bowling alley (with regular disco bowling!) and...more
The marked walking trail network of Kajaani includes several circular trails of various length, and connection trails between them. There most accessible trails are located in Pöllyvaara and Vimpelinlaakso.The large sea-like open water areas such as the Nuasjärvi and Oulujärvi lakes, the small lakes and the light pine forests are excellent places...more
The wooden church (see photo in intro) is very beatiful.
Also the main square with the old Government House, or the ruins of a fortress on the river.
Fondest memory: I couldn´t see much, but the weather was very nice that morning.