Safaritalo has a big selection of bicycles for hire, including mountain bikes and road bikes, as well as child seats and trailers. Taxi is available also in this town.
The town of Kalajoki is located where Kalajoki river flows into the Bay of Bothnia and is best known for its sand dunes, Hiekkasärkät. Its name translates to Fish River. Families flock here to spend their summer holidays in colourful timber cottages snuggled in the white sand dunes or in gleaming resorts overlooking the beach. Swimming, golf and Nordic walking (which was invented here) keep visitors active in summer, along with water parks, adventure parks and all manner of outdoor fun. Winter offers great cross-country skiing.
Kalajoki village is just off the highway, with most of the facilities (bus station, banks). The resort area – with the beach, airfield and most accommodation – is 6km south of the village in the Kalajoen Hiekkasärkät (Kalajoki Dunes).
BEST TIME TO VISIT KALAJOKI
In Kalajoki, the summers are cool and partly cloudy and the winters are long, freezing, snowy, windy, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 12°F to 68°F and is rarely below -10°F or above 77°F.
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 64.6°F (18.1°C) and 30.7°F (-0.7°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 8 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Kalajoki, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 61.8°F (16.6°C) and 31.8°F (-0.1°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 7 to 9 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Kalajoki to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 30.7°F (-0.7°C) and 21°F (-6.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 11 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.
GETTING TO KALAJOKI
Finland and Kalajoki are connected to the rest of Europe through maritime routes, making it easily accessible by caravan, for instance! From Helsinki and Turku you can continue by car or by train/bus to Kalajoki. The closest railway stations are located in Ylivieska (40 km) and Kokkola (70 km).
GETTING AROUNG KALAJOKI
Safaritalo has a big selection of bicycles for hire, including mountain bikes and road bikes, as well as child seats and trailers. Taxi is available also in this town.
WHERE TO STAY IN KALAJOKI
Located in Kalajoki, Santa's Resort & Spa Hotel Sani Apartments features a restaurant, free bikes, bar, and free WiFi throughout the property. An indoor swimming pool and a car rental service are available for guests. Free private parking is available and the hotel also provides bike hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area. At the hotel, each room is fitted with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Guests at Santa's Resort & Spa Hotel Sani Apartments can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers a children's playground. Guests at Santa's Resort & Spa Hotel Sani Apartments will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kalajoki, like cycling. The nearest airport is Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport, 75 km from the hotel.
Hotel Lokkilinna is located right by Hiekkasärkät Beach in Kalajoki, on Finland’s Gulf of Bothnia coast. It offers free Wi-Fi, sea views and rooms with a private balcony. Guests can relax with a free evening sauna before dinner. Lokkilinna’s restaurant serves traditional Finnish dishes, and its glass terrace offers panoramic sea views. Boat tours of the Rahja archipelago depart regularly from Kalajoki. Golf, windsurfing and hiking are also popular in the area.
Offering free spa and pool access, this hotel is situated in western Finland's town of Kalajoki along a sandy beach. It offers impressive Bay of Bothnia views and a variety of on-site dining and leisure options. WiFi is free. A minibar, TV and parquet floors are found in all rooms at Santa's Resort & Spa Hotel Sani. Some feature a windowed balcony with views over the bay, while others have a French balcony. Guests can enjoy a drink on the terrace, as well as 2 bars, a spa cafe and bistro that uses locally grown and organic produce. The spa at Santa's Resort & Spa Hotel Sani includes swimming pools with a slide, a children's pool, hot tubs, a Finnish sauna and Turkish steam bath. From Wednesday to Friday, guests can enjoy a morning swim or sauna. Massage treatments can also be booked. A children's playroom, bowling, mini golf and a fitness centre are also available. Cycling, canoeing and fishing are other common area activities.
Just 300 m from the popular sandy beaches of Kalajoen Hiekkasärtät, this hotel offers bike, ski and snow mobile rental. There is free parking on site, and the Jukupark water park is just 250 m away. Each modern bedroom at Safarimajoitus comes with a TV and private bathroom. Some rooms feature a private sauna. Breakfasts can be arranged in advance and Safaritalo’s restaurant offers an à la carte menu. Safari Pub is located 20 m from Safarimajoitus and offers a variety of beverages. Spa Sanifani is only 650 m from the hotel, while golfing is possible just 5 minutes’ drive away at Kalajokilaakson golf course. Ylivieska is within 40 minutes’ drive of the hotel, while the town of Kokkola is just over 60 km away.
Hotel Rantakalla is in the seaside tourist resort of Kalajoki Hiekkasärkät, right by a long sandy beach. It offers free access to an indoor pool and sauna, along with free WiFi in public areas. Each guest room has cable TV, sea views and a private bathroom with shower. Some feature a tea/coffee maker and refrigerator. Hotel Rantakalla’s offers a buffet breakfast and a seasonal bar open in the summer time. Activities such as canoeing, hiking and karting can be enjoyed nearby. Guests can also participate in boat tours, fishing trips and snowmobile safaris. Hotel Rantakalla is just 5 minutes’ drive from Hiekkasärkät Golf Club. Juku Water Park and SaniFAni Spa are 15 minutes’ walk away. Other nearby leisure options include tennis, windsurfing and cross-country skiing.
Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony, Apartment Hilmantori Kalajoki is situated in Kalajoki. The property was built in 2019 and features accommodation with a terrace. The apartment has 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a bidet. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. The apartment offers a children's playground. Both a ski equipment rental service and a bicycle rental service are available at Apartment Hilmantori Kalajoki, while hiking and skiing can be enjoyed nearby. The nearest airport is Kokkola-Pietarsaari, 75 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a free airport shuttle service.
Situated in Kalajoki in the North Ostrobothnia region, Im Herzen der Altstadt von Kalajoki features accommodation with free private parking, as well as access to a sauna. The units come with parquet floors and feature a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a dining area, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and oven are also offered, as well as a coffee machine. The apartment offers a barbecue. After a day of hiking, skiing or cycling, guests can relax in the garden or in the shared lounge area. The nearest airport is Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport, 82 km from Im Herzen der Altstadt von Kalajoki.
Featuring a sauna, Rantahiekka B1 is situated in Kalajoki. Located on the beachfront, this property features a garden and a terrace. The air-conditioned holiday home consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a kettle, and 1 bathroom with a bidet and a shower. A flat-screen TV is featured. Snorkelling and cycling can be enjoyed nearby. The nearest airport is Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport, 76 km from the holiday home.
THINGS TO DO IN KALAJOKI
Enjoy the seaside breeze of this costal town, admire the sunrise from the dunes. Take a walk in the sand or play a round of beach volley. Set out for a tree climbing adventure! If you’d rather be in the water, try standup paddle boarding or kite surfing. In the winter, do not miss out on ice swimming. Set sail on a wooden galeas and discover the islet of Maakalla. Discover the geocaches hidden in challenging locations. Take a break for yourself, or take your families and friends with you.
PAKKA ADVENTURE PARK
Adventure Park Pakka is a fantastic way to experience the Kalajoki Hiekkasärkät in an exciting way. The adventure courses built in trees offer suitable challenges for thrill-seekers of all ages and skill levels all year round. The new ziplines offer fun and exciting outdoor adventure all year round for all ages. You can also try the bungee trampolines and the X-Tower adventure, from where a 330-metre mega-slide over the sand dunes takes off. There’s also an 18-hole disc golf course running through the dunes. Rental equipment are available at Café Pakka, where you can also enjoy a sweet or savoury snack. Groups can try the archery tag, bubble football or other team competitions throughout the year.
JUKU WATER PARK
JukuPark is in the heart of the Hiekkasärkät tourist area and is open throughout the summer. Come and try the exciting waterslides, the Waterplay waterworld, the big pools and cosy terraced sunbathing areas, various amusement park attractions and activities! Barbecues, cafés, kiosks and terraces serve the hungry and thirsty. A brand new adventure golf area will open in the summer of 2020, offering 18 maritime- themed tracks! The area will also host a new café restaurant with a wide terrace.
Kalajoki Golf has become one of Finland’s most prestigious golf courses. It provides a great setting for a family and a recreational holiday destination for golf lovers! You’ll find a beautiful high-class 18-hole par 73 course located in the popular holiday area of Kalajoki Hiekkasärkät. Its setting beautifully blends with the surrounding nature, with all the elements needed for a stimulating round of golf. Large greens, narrow fairways and wide bunkers offer enough challenges to players of every skill level.
SUP & WINDSURFING
The Surf Center has it all! Standup paddleboarding excursions, instruction for beginners and group courses in standup paddle boarding, windsurfing and kiteboarding. SUP and windsurfing boards are available for rent throughout the summer, and high-quality Cube fatbikes all year round. The center also organises guided fatbike and SUP fishing excursions, and ice fishing excursions in the winter – feel free to ask for more information! The shop offers a selection of windsurfing, kiteboarding and SUP equipment, as well as clothing and shoes.
DISCOVER THE GEMS OF THE ARCTIC SEA BY BIKE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Kalajoki offers the opportunity to ride through the dunes and along the coastline thanks to the lengthy duckboard network. Enjoy the smell of the sea and the noise of the waves, or discover a true winter wonderland during the winter, admiring the beautiful white rolling hills and sea ice.
The duckboards begin by the Kalajoki Camping campsite gates, which continues along the Lohilaakso restaurant all the way to the Vihas-Keihäslahti Nature Reserve. In the summer, this means you can take a well-deserved beach break on your way as well as enjoy the services at hand at the resort.
Winter bikers will enjoy using the well-maintained light traffic routes at the resort. There are also stunning trails and canopies for mountain bikers to conquer. If you feel like heading over to the forest, there are various forest trails right by the Sand Dunes. The Siiponjoki Nature Trail is 20 km long and will offer a landscape composed of pine trees and water elements. You find many spots to take a break, maybe lit a fire and have a snack!
The nature trail starts at Tapion Tupa. Out of the 20 km, 10 km of the nature trail is suitable for beginners. More experienced mountain bikers will travel the whole route.
HIKING AND EXCURSIONS
Guided tours to Maakalla and event programme services at the Hiekkasärkät area, the Siiponjoki river and the Rahja archipelago. Smoke sauna and kota hut events with meals and flavoured with local stories. Themed trip programmes for groups and be guided snowmobile safaris, snowshoe treks, kayaking and fishing trips, etc. to Kalajoki’s top spots.
The Equestrian and Riding school offers memorable riding activities in the Sand Dunes all year round. Qualified instructors, together with our reliable and experienced horses will take you on the best adventures! You can choose from hacking on beaches and moors and riding lessons for riders of various levels on the outdoor and indoor arena. The offering includes weekend, holiday and summer courses in cooperation with local accommodation providers.
The four beach volleyball courts between restaurant Dyyni and Kalajoki Camping are open in the summer, usually from June to the end of August. Individual players are welcome to use the courts freely. Balls can be rented from the campsite or the Safari Houses.
A fast outdoor track with an asphalt surface and differences in altitude that bring variety to driving. Karting in the summer and ice karting in the winter.
Waterskiing & jet skis
Rent a jet ski or water skis and head out to the waves! The jet ski rental also includes a wetsuit and a life jacket.
Surf Center offers guided SUP-fishing safaris in the summer time and ice fishing in the winter.
MeriRaahe offers guided fishing trips in the Raahe and Kalajoki bays. They also organize various tailormade packages for days at sea, spent fishing or discovering the islands. You may complement your day at sea with catering and accommodation services, such as program services for groups including entertainments and meals.
The network of sport tracks in the Kalajoki tourist area transforms into an extensive network of ski tracks in the winter, most of which are also lighted. You can reach the Hiihtomaja ski lodge by the ski tracks, and from there on the track continues for kilometres towards the sea and the beautiful Maristo area in Letto and Vihaslahti.
Geocaching is an outdoor hobby where you search for geocaches in interesting spots around the world by using satellite positioning. The hobby is suitable for everyone, since each person can choose where and which caches they want to visit. Kalajoki has several geocaches, and you can look for them by car or bike, on foot or skis, in a kayak and even by climbing. Geocaching allows you to become familiar with Kalajoki’s fantastic nature and learn about the local history.
THE VIHASLAHTI BIRD TOWER AND NATURE RESERVE
Vihaslahti is home to several bird species, and bird-watchers can spot them feeding and nesting there. Vihaslahti is part of the Vihas-Keihäslahti conservation area. You can reach this area by hiking along the duckboards of Hiekkasärkät. The distance from the Visitor Centre is approximately 4 kilometres. The Vihaslahti cove has a bird tower, BBQ spot, toilets and information boards.
SKATING & SNOWSHOEING
A snowshoe hike gets your blood pumping and brings colour to your cheeks. Go on a guided snowshoe hike, or rent snowshoes and head out independently on a hike in the Kalajoki nature! Kalajoki also has several natural spots and rinks for ice skating, and these are all free to use.
Botnia Outdoor is an outdoors professional, with which you can experience the nature in many ways. Selection includes kayaking excursions and courses, selling and renting of kayaking equipment, nature and fat bike excursions and archipelago accommodation.
SAIL WITH THE GALEAS ANSIO
Sail to the island of Maakalla with the Galeas Ansio! The Galeas Ansio is a traditional wooden two-mast vessel, whose unique beauty will enchant you! The Ansio was designed based on the original line drawings, a model boat and a single photograph of the original Galeas Ansio built in 1891 in Kalajoki. You can find the most recent sailing schedules on our web page. All sailing trips depart from Kalajoki’s Konikarvo fishing harbour.
Meet the huskies and go for a ride, discover the wonderful Finnish nature!
Greet the dogs and help get your sled ready. This ride is 4kms long and the whole adventure will last close to 45min. This safari can take place in the woods of Kannus or Kalajoki or on the frozen sea next to Kalajoki Sand Dunes (depending on the weather conditions). Half-way during the safari: photo break for unique pictures with the Huskies and beautiful views. The safaris may also be organized at nightfall to get a chance to spot northern lights. They offer a pure experience in the heart of Finnish nature, bonding with our dogs and enjoy the landscapes. It’s also possible to have longer safaris lasting up to 5 hours!
WHERE TO EAT IN KALAJOKI
Coffee, pizza, skilfully prepared à la carte dishes, a buffet and lunch with a sea view. A beach terrace in summer, live music and events in the country’s most beautiful setting.
Surffari, located at the heart of the Sand Dunes campsite, attracts folk with food, music and relaxed beach vibe. The location on the dunes ensures great views and atmosphere. Families and groups of friends enjoy Surffari, and in addition to holiday-makers, also locals head there for delicious pizzas, burgers and tex mex. Surffari can also be booked for private use in the winter: Christmas parties, meetings and birthdays in the spectacular frozen sea landscape are remembered for a long time!
Sandy Kelt is an authentic Irish pub with a welcoming Celtic atmosphere and an excellent selection of drinks. Sandy Kelt offers international gastropub food, burgers, ribs and wings. Come and enjoy of live music almost every day in summer and at weekends for the rest of the year!
An atmospheric and hospitable à la carte restaurant that serves steak lovers in a welcoming setting all year round. Country gourmet from local ingredients, prepared from start to finish in our own kitchen. We also have a wine list to cater for even the more discerning tastes.
Restaurant Lohilaakso offers fresh whitefish and salmon dishes, as well as smoked fish salads from Lohilaakso’s own smokehouse. It’s idyllically set in a barn with a large terrace by a pond. The main building houses a 30-seat restaurant, a jewellery shop and a bar serving refreshments for every taste: speciality coffees and beers, wine and cocktails. In addition to the main building, there’s a 24-seat barn for smaller meetings and dinner parties. Take-away dishes are also available!
ABC Hiekkasärkät offers buffet lunch, breakfast, salads, burgers and an à la carte menu. Take away is also available.
WHAT TO BUY IN KALAJOKI
While on holiday, don’t miss shopping in Kalajoki! Find local delicacies and unique handcrafted products. A new beach dress or a bikini. Sunglasses and plasters. The bag you have dreamed about. New hobby equipment – a golf bag or a SUP board! A bag full of treats for an evening’s entertainment. Jewellery, candy and fish. A marine souvenir that will bring back memories of a wonderful holiday.
You can find all kinds of fun and practical things at Kalajoki for souvenirs, for yourself and as gifts.
Ceramics for daily use, gift items, business gifts, unique items and art.
Pisa Design Lifestyleshop Aito sells locally designed, enchanting Pisa Design linen tex-tiles for decor, bath and accessories, as well as other domestic design brands.
At Kievarilan Waatekammari, you can find the most beautiful French clothes and accessories. You can also book the shop to organise an event for your work team or friends.
Beautiful sunsets and landscapes on newlydesigned postcards of Kalajoki and Kalajoki fridge magnets available. We also create items using our customer’s own photos. Worry dolls, incense and locally made necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings and dreamcatchers, all out of natural materials.
Windsurfing, kitesurfing and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) equipment, clothing and shoes.
Locally produced crafts, gift items and souvenirs.