KAUHAVA FINLAND/ TRAVEL GUIDE/ WHERE TO STAY/ WHAT TO DO & SEE/ WHERE TO SHOP

PERJANTAI, 05. KESÄKUUTA 2020

THE HEART OF SOUTHERN OSTROBOTHNIA

Maakuntakaava - Kauhava

Kauhava is a town and municipality of Finland. It is part of the Southern Ostrobothnia region, 400 kilometres northwest of Helsinki and by the main railway from Helsinki to Oulu. Kauhava consists of four districts: Alahärmä, Ylihärmä, Kauhava and Kortesjärvi. PowerPark is in Alahärmä, and the Spa Hotel Härmä is in Ylihärmä,  with a total population of 17,000 people on 1,330 km². In the 19th century Kauhava and its surroundings had a strong puukko-junkkari or häijyt culture of young violent troublemakers. A big problem at the time, they have been romanticized and are now part of the local identity (like the Vikings in Scandinavia). There is a yearly Härmääläiset Häijyilyt festival celebrating the tradition. The puukko is an all-round handicraft, fishing and hunting knife, ubiquitous in all Finland. Iisakki Järvenpää worked at the local knife factory until starting his own in 1904, further developing the local variant. Iisakki Järvenpää is now one of the most well-known puukko brands in Finland, found in outdoor and gift shops all around the country. Also other kinds of knives are now sold by the brand.

Kauhava also has a strong folk dance tradition, and is taking its place in the modern word with entrepreneurship and IT education. The school for fighter pilots was laid down some years ago.

There is a lot to do for people of all ages and interests. Those with active lifestyles will enjoy a whole host of well-maintained running and skiing tracks, and facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports. Those hungry for culture will find ample nourishment through arts, music and theatre. A number of unique summer festivals attract people from great distances.

 

 

BEST TIME TO GO TO KAUHAVA

In Kauhava, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are long, freezing, snowy, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 10°F to 70°F and is rarely below -13°F or above 79°F.  Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Kauhava for warm-weather activities is from late June to mid August.

 

  • During the month of July you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F).
  • The months of July, August and September have a high chance of precipitation.
  • The coldest season / winter is in the months of January, February, March, November and December.
  • The warmest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 20°C (68°F).
  • The coldest month is January with an average maximum temperature of -6°C (8°F).
  • August is the most wet month. This month should be avoided if you are not a big fan of rain.
  • February is the driest month.

 

 

GETTING TO KAUHAVA

Getting to Kauhava is easy: Highway 19 and Main Road 63 go right through the city. We also have excellent train connections, as nearly all south and north-bound trains stop in Kauhava. The nearest harbor is in Vaasa, and regular flights land at the Seinäjoki (Rengonharju) and Kruunupyy airports. The Vaasa airport is also nearby, with direct flights to Stockholm.

Map of Kauhava

 

 

GETTING AROUND TO KAUHAVA

Taxis available by the railway station. Bus timetables from Matkahuolto.

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN KAUHAVA

 

  • LentoHotelli​

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, LentoHotelli offers accommodation in Kauhava, 38 km from Seinäjoki. This hotel is located next to a former military airport, which has now become LSK Business Park. Free private parking is available on site. The nearest airport is Vaasa Airport, 65 km from the property.

A bird's-eye view of LentoHotelli

 

 

 

  • Hotelli Kauhava

Hotelli Kauhava is located 400 m from the Kauhava Train Station. This hotel has 3 restaurants, free WiFi and a communal sauna with an indoor swimming pool. Free on-site parking is also available. All rooms at Hotelli Kauhava include a desk, a TV and a private bathroom with shower. Additional amenities include a hairdryer and ironing facilities. If you feel like exploring the area, there are restaurants and shops within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Vaasa Airport is 81 km away.

Gallery image of this property

 

 

 

  • Antintuvan Lomamökit

Offering a private beach area, Antintuvan Lomamökit is located 20 km from central Kauhava. The accommodation will provide you with a TV and a terrace. There is a full kitchen with a microwave and a refrigerator. Private bathrooms also come with a shower. You can enjoy lake view from all the rooms. At Antintuvan Lomamökit you will find a communal sauna, barbecue facilities and a terrace. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including skiing, cycling and fishing. The property offers free parking. This chalet is 100 km from Vaasa Airport.

Gallery image of this property

 

 

 

  • Jääskän Loma Ratatie 3 asunto 7, Kauhava 

Jääskän Loma Ratatie 3 asunto 7, Kauhava is located in Kauhava. The accommodation is 40 km from Seinäjoki, and guests benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi. This apartment comes with a dining area, a kitchen with a dishwasher, and a flat-screen TV. The nearest airport is Vaasa Airport, 91 km from the apartment.

Gallery image of this property

 

 

 

  • Jääskän Loma Ratatie 3 asunto 4, Kauhava 

Jääskän Loma Ratatie 3 asunto 4, Kauhava is situated in Kauhava. The accommodation is 40 km from Seinäjoki, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. This apartment comes with a dining area, a kitchen with a dishwasher, and a flat-screen TV. At the apartment guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. The nearest airport is Vaasa Airport, 91 km from Jääskän Loma Ratatie 3 asunto 4, Kauhava.

Gallery image of this property

 

 

 

  • Jääskän Loma Ratatie 3 asunto 6

Offering free WiFi and city views, Jääskän Loma Ratatie 3 asunto 6 Kauhava is an accommodation located in Kauhava. The property features garden views and is 40 km from Seinäjoki. This apartment is equipped with 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, and a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave. The nearest airport is Vaasa Airport, 77 km from the apartment.

Gallery image of this property

 

 

 

  • Kotimajoitus Hella Härmä

Set in Kauhava, Kotimajoitus Hella Härmä offers free WiFi, and guests can enjoy free bikes, a shared lounge and a garden. Guests at the homestay can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Kotimajoitus Hella Härmä offers a terrace. A barbecue is available on site and cycling can be enjoyed within close proximity of the accommodation. The nearest airport is Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport, 76 km from Kotimajoitus Hella Härmä.

The building in which the homestay is located

 

 

 

  •  Kauhava Chalets

Kauhava Chalets is set in Kauhava. Guests have access to free WiFi throughout the property. Seinäjoki is 40 km from the apartment. The nearest airport is Vaasa Airport, 78 km from Kauhava Chalets.

Gallery image of this property

 

 

 

  • Kotimajoitus Niemi

Offering a terrace, Kotimajoitus Niemi provides accommodation in Kauhava. Seinäjoki is 49 km from the homestay. Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport is 56 km from the property.

The building in which the homestay is located

 

 

 

  • Jääskän Loma, Ratatie 3 asunto 1

Jääskän Loma, Ratatie 3 asunto 1 is set in Kauhava. Free WiFi is offered. The apartment consists of 1 bathroom and a living room. Seinäjoki is 35 km from the apartment. The nearest airport is Vaasa Airport, 64 km from the property.

Gallery image of this property

 

 

 

WHAT TO DO & SEE IN KAUHAVA

 

  • POWERPARK AMUSEMENT PARK

PowerPark is the funland in Finland that offers diverse selection for leisure time expenriences. Powerparks amusement park has been ranked five times the best in Finland at 2010s. In addition to the greatest amusement park in Finland, Powerpark offers one of the world's most beautiful go-kart tracks, the largest indoor go-kart track in Europe, southern European-style hotels, atmospheric cabins, a horse center (and its enchanting residents), first-class restaurants, a cozy camping area, a Wonderland, and an amazing 5D movie theater. All this and more guarantees fun for the entire family and unforgettable experiences all year round.

Booster on-ride HD POV PowerPark/PowerLand - YouTube

 

 

  • KIRKKOPAKKA

This site is in Ekola, Alahärmä and is a place of many old and mysterious tales. Kirkkopakka played an important role during the first glimmer of Finnish independence in the birth of the Jaeger Movement. Kirkkopakka was the site of a secret meeting of Jaeger recruiters from the Activist Movement from Härmä and other places in 1916.

Kirkkopakka - lohkareita ja luolia Alahärmässä - Retkipaikka

 

 

 

  • THE MARKKI MUSEUM

The permanent exhibition at the Kortesjärvi Museum showcases peasant artifacts from the 19th century to the early 20th century. The museum is located in an old granary in the middle of Kortesjärvi. Kortesjärvi-Seura ry maintains the Markki Museum. 

 

 

 

  • LAKEUDEN ELÄMYSPALVELU

Lakeuden Elämyspalvelu rents canoes that may be transported to your own location.

 

 

 

  • PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW HISTORY OF AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Photography Show presenting the history of the Air Force Academy in Kauhava from 1929 to 2014.

 

 

 

  • KUJANEN RIDING STABLES

The Kujanen Riding Stables offers well-managed riding lessons for groups at different experience levels, hourly, countryside, and therapeutic riding, riding camps year around, hiking camps. Excursion programs for preschoolers. Programs for different groups, including bachelor and bachelorette parties, meetings, birthdays and other events. Pony and handler rental for events occurring elsewhere. Stable space for rent and a 25 m x 53 m indoor riding facility. We also offer complete care packages for horses and farm stay services. In addition to horses, the stables are also home to many other animals that you can pet and get to know, including bunny rabbits, piglets, chickens, cats, a sheep, calves, and dogs. Cabins for rent (2 adults + 1-10 children)

 

 

 

  • THE KAUHAVA KNIFE AND HANDICRAFTS FESTIVALS

Kauhava buzzes with culture and celebrations of arts and crafts! The program of the knife festivals takes place in the idyllic Youth Association of Kauhava and in different parts of the center, along the main street. The Youth Association hosts a sales display of knives and knife making supplies.  The best knifesmiths in all of Finland come along with their display tables. The festivals include demonstrations of sewing sheaths, handle carving, and other talents. Forge demonstrations outside, competitions, and a program.

 

 

 

  • THE IISAKKI JUSSI FARMHOUSE AND KOSOLANMÄKI GRANARY EXHIBITION SPACE

The Iisakki Jussi farmhouse is a peasant museum located in Kosolanmäki, Kauhava. The building is a fine example of Southern Ostrobothnian design from the end of the 19th century. The interior is decorated with original furniture. The master of the farm also transported prisoners to Vaasa. Before conveying them to their ultimate destination, he kept the prisoners in his house. The central courtyard of the Iisakki Jussi farm includes the main building and seven other structures used in the day-to-day life of the farm.

The parish granary is located in Kosolanmäki, Kauhava. The granary is from the 1850s and has retained its original design. It is now a multipurpose exhibition and event space. The space is well suited for organizing exhibitions of extensive and quite large works. The Kauhava-seura maintains the museums.

 

 

  • KAUHAVA KNIFE AND TEXTILE MUSEUM, AND THE IISAKKI JÄRVENPÄÄ HOUSE

The Kauhava Knife Museum showcases a knife exhibit detailing the origin, history and artisans of the Kauhava knife industry, and the different steps and equipment involved in creating knives. The museum knife collection consists of pieces from a variety of manufacturers, including rarities from times past.
The textiles section covers the history of weaving in Kauhava. Weaving and embroidery samples are the core of the display. The button collection is a particular speciality.

The Iisakki Järvenpää home

The master knifesmith Iisakki Järvenpää was a self-taught Kauhava knife maker, an exceptionally gifted artisan and a significant contributor to the Finnish knife industry. Iisakki Järvenpää and his cousin Juho Kustaa Lammi (1861–1901) are regarded as the creators of the traditional Kauhava knife design that is typical to the region. The building is located across from the library and is open by appointment.

 

 

 

  • RIENTOLA RECREATION AREA

The Rientola Recreation Area offers a venue for a refreshing everyday experience or a party. The area has a 15 person smoke sauna, a traditional wood-heated sauna for 2 people, areas for swimming in the lake during the winter, rental cabins, a 20 person hut, snowmobile trails and other possibilities. The area is available for family events, meetings, and recreational evenings or weekends.

 

 

 

  • IISAKKI JÄRVENPÄÄ OY KNIFE FACTORY

Iisakki Järvenpää factory outlet 

Products for those who value tradition, craftsmanship and authentic materials. Hand-made, authentic Järvenpää knives Factory tours available for groups. Historical things to see and touch to learn about the manufacture of knives in Finland. 

 

 

 

  • BEACHES

The following beaches and swimming facilities can be found in the city of Kauhava

  • Lake Ojutjärvi (Ojutjärventie 465, Kauhava), changing rooms, showers, indoor toilets, dock ( sauna available)
  • Lake Mäenpäänjärvi (Lammintie 50, Kauhava), dock, changing room, covered grilling area
  • Lake Mäenpäänjärvi (Lammintie 50, Kauhava), dock, changing room, covered grilling area
  • Ontonneva sand pits(Ontonnevantie 91, Kauhava)
  • Karjanlahti quarry (Karjanlahdentie 260, Kauhava), changing facilities
  • Hakola sand pit (Sairaalantie 240, Alahärmä)
  • Vallami beach (Ylistarontie 500, Ylihärmä)
  • Ekola sand pit (Alahärmä)
  • Pelkkala swimming hole (Pelkkalantie 761 Alahärmä)
  • Lake Haarusjärvi beach (Haaruskankaantie 91, Alahärmä), changing rooms, outhouses, dock)
  • Lake Purmojärvi (Laukkosentie 41, Kortesjärvi)
  • Lake Palojärvi near the camping center  (Haudanmaantie 19, Kortesjärvi)
  • Lake Lappisenjärvi (Kortesjärvi): Lake Lappisenjärvi beach (Lappisentie 615)
  • Lake Saarijärvi ( Kortesjärvi) Lake Saarijärvi beach by the dance hall (Saarijärventie 269)
  • Kortesjärvi: in Ylikylä along the highway (Haavistontie 40), another beach Järvenpääntie.

 

 

 

  • Kauhavan ruma vallesmanni

Kauhava's "ugly vallesmanni", namesake A. Hägglund immediately greets you in the hallway of the Kauhava Knife Museum and exhibits objects belonging to him and his daughter's family. Come and see the different stages of the wooden container and the extensive knife collection, which includes even the oldest rarities. You can also see the rarity ordered from the Kauhava knife factory in 1901, a beautiful three-piece decorated with notched dips, which is presented in Lester C. Tähtinen's book Collectable Knives of Finland.

Ruma vallesmanni | Kuluneet 60-luvun nahkahousut

 

 

 

WHERE TO SHOP IN KAUHAVA

  • ANNI'S BERRY PATCH

Anni's berry patch is a new berry farm in Viinikka, Kauhava. We grow strawberries and raspberries. We protect these berries from the rain. This is why the quality of our products is outstanding.  In the cozy atmosphere of an old cottage, our waffle house offers tasty waffles with berry fillings.

 

 

 

  • ARTIST JAPEI - VISUAL ARTIST KAUHAVA

Picture magnets, local pictures, art.

 

 

 

  • GALLERIA ATELIER MATTI SAARI

Gallery for works from Matti Saari in Kauhava.

 

 

  • HOBBISHOPPI

Open Mon-Fri 10-17, Sat 9-13
For further information, please visit our Facebook-page: HobbiShoppi

 

 

 

  • KAUHAVA KNIFE SHOP MATTI KOSKI

The Kauhava knife shop is a family business that was established in 1995. The shop specializes in the manufacture and sale of knives. These knives are mostly manufactured by hand for use at work, in the wild and in hobbies. They also make fabulous business gifts and can be engraved to commemorate events. Our goal is to create high-quality and carefully crafted knives. These knives are available only through wholesale and retail sales at fairs and different sales events.

 

 

 

  • IISAKKI JÄRVENPÄÄ OY KNIFE FACTORY

Products for those who value tradition, craftsmanship and authentic materials. Hand-made, authentic Järvenpää knives Factory tours available for groups. Historical things to see and touch to learn about the manufacture of knives in Finland.