Raahe is a city in the Oulu province, 74 km south of the city of Oulu. With 22,500 inhabitants, Raahe is the third largest town in the region. The town is strongly associated with the steel industry, through the huge Rautaruukki steel mill as well as Finnish rules baseball (pesäpallo) through the Pattijoki team. Situated on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, Raahe is a seaside town famous for its old wooden town centre. Known as the Town of Sea Winds, Raahe is a cosy, welcoming town with much to offer visiting tourists. There are five museums to visit, Raahe Museum, Sovelius House, Saloinen Museum, Ojala Museum and the Old Pharmacy. Raahe has a fine guest harbour and you can charter the Fiia of Raahe, a 21,5 meters long topsail schooner, or other more common craft. Highlights in Raahe’s events calendar include Raahe Music Week, Jazz on the Beach Festival, the Brahe Classica and Pekka’s Day.
Raahe was founded in 1649 by Count Per Brahe the Younger, the Governor General of Finland, and has developed into a modern centre where Information Technology, the steel industry, and one of Finland’s busiest ports all jostle comfortably with its historical Old Town. Following a devastating fire in 1810, Raahe was rebuilt using a Renaissance-inspired rectilinear town plan which features a central square (Pekkatori Square) with closed corners. The Old Town consists of 152 dwellings and 240 rear buildings, but it is not an open-air museum, rather it is a thriving, vibrant centre around which the more modern town revolves.
BEST TIME TO GO TO RAAHE
In Raahe, the summers are short, cool, and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, snowy, windy, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 10°F to 68°F and is rarely below -11°F or above 76°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Raahe for warm-weather activities is from late June to mid August.
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 59.3°F (15.2°C) and 30.2°F (-1°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 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 the most precipitation with 1 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Raahe, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 59.5°F (15.3°C) and 34.1°F (1.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a barely noticeable amount: 0 to 1 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 Raahe to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 31.2°F (-0.4°C) and 22.8°F (-5.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.
GETTING TO RAAHE
The Raahe region is in an excellent location, which makes it easy to access by a variety of means. They have quick global flights, environmentally friendly trains and the main road of the western coast, National Road 8, for car travel. The hub of the area, Raahe, is situated some 75 km south of Oulu, 120 km north of Kokkola and 200 km west of Kajaani.
By plane - Finland’s second-busiest airport in Oulu is located only some 70 km north of Raahe. The trip from the airport takes about 50 minutes to Siikajoki Village, 60 minutes to Raahe and 80 minutes to Pyhäjoki.
To get to Raahe, Revonlahti in Siikajoki or Pyhäjoki, you can use the local airport taxi services , for example. You must book the transport in advance by calling +358 600 300010. The number is available 24 hours a day.
At the airport, you can also rent a car for the duration of your visit.
By train - The Train is a fast and environmentally friendly way of accessing the area.
The Raahe railway station is located in Vihati, some 36 km from the centre of the town. You can take a bus or taxi to get to the centre of town from the railway station. The Siiljoki railway station is located in Ruukki.
By bus - The raahe Bus station and taxi station are located at the very centre of the town, providing bus access to north, south and east.
By boat - Boats visiting Raahe are served by the Terassatama marina maintained by the Raahen Purjehdusseura sailing association. You can also moor your boat for no charge by the Ruiskuhuone Cafe or the piers on the Iso-Kraaseli, Tasku and Ulkopauha islands.
GETTING AROUND RAAHE
In central Raahe, all services are conveniently within walking distance, which is one of the perks of a small town. Whether you wish to travel within the town, in the archipelago or more broadly in the area, on foot, bike, boat and car, travel options are available – and you can always ask the friendly locals for advice if you get lost.
By bike - Most accommodation providers also lend bicycles for the duration of your stay. You can also rent bikes for street and off-road riding from activity services providers and bicycle shops.
Public transport - Public transport in Raahe is available in the form of local buses, taxi, car rental and chartered vehicles.
Cruise boats - sail to the Raahe archipelago on a daily basis in summertime. You can also make arrangements for travel to other regional locations with your service provider. Kayaks, canoes and SUP boards are available for rent from activity services providers
WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN RAAHE
This central Raahe hotel is attached to a small shopping centre with the Raahe Concert Hall. It offers free Wi-Fi, free private parking and an on-site restaurant with bar. A flat-screen TV is provided in each air-conditioned room at Hotelli Raahen Hovi, as well as a bathroom with shower. Some feature a private sauna. Guests can enjoy free use of Raahen Hovi’s communal sauna. The in-house Hovinarri Restaurant serves a lunch buffet and an à la carte dinner with international and Finnish cuisine. The Raahe Museum, 650 m away, is Finland’s oldest museum of cultural history. Other area activities include swimming, canoeing and fishing in the Bay of Bothnia, 1 km away. Staff can arrange a shuttle service to Oulu Airport, a 1-hour drive away.
Set in Raahe, Budget Hotel Raahe has a restaurant, bar, garden, and free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Continental and buffet breakfast options are available every morning at Budget Hotel Raahe. The accommodation offers a sauna. You can play darts at Budget Hotel Raahe. The nearest airport is Oulu Airport, 79 km from the hotel.
One of our top picks in Raahe.Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Langin Kauppahuone offers accommodation in Raahe. Each room is uniquely decorated. The rooms have a private bathroom equipped with a shower. Some rooms have vies overlooking Pekkatori square. Bed linen and towels are included. A café and a small shop, decorated in 1900th century style, are located in the same building. Kayaking, swimming, fishing or trips to the archipelago are popular activities which staff can help arrange. Oulu Airport is 49 km from the property.
Katariinan Kamari is set in Raahe. Located on the beachfront, this property features free bikes, a garden and a terrace. The holiday home can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area. Fishing can be enjoyed nearby. The nearest airport is Oulu Airport, 73 km from Katariinan Kamari.
Renkitupa is located Raantakatu 36 92100, in Raahe Finland. The nearest airport is Oulu Airport, 74 km from the apartment.
Located in Raahe in the North Ostrobothnia region, Majoituspalvelu Nurmi Apartment Peipontie 3 A Saunallinen Huoneisto has a terrace and garden views. This apartment features a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. Featuring a DVD player, the apartment has a kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a fridge, a living room with a seating area and a dining area, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom with a bidet and a shower. A flat-screen TV is provided. The apartment offers a sauna. The nearest airport is Oulu, 68 km from Majoituspalvelu Nurmi Apartment, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
With a shared lounge and a terrace, Forenom Aparthotel Raahe is situated in Raahe and features free WiFi. There is a fully equipped private bathroom with bidet and a hairdryer. The aparthotel offers a continental or buffet breakfast. Forenom Aparthotel Raahe offers a sauna. The nearest airport is Oulu Airport, 73 km from the accommodation.
ACTIVITIES TO DO IN RAAHE
Raahe has abundance of swimming pools, sports centres, and spas, where you can enjoy a diverse range of activities such as tennis, badminton, squash, swimming, bowling, baseball, ice hockey, and skating. There is a ski centre and opportunities to go diving, sailing or windsurfing.
Old Town Raahe
Old Town Raahe is one of the best-preserved 19th-century wooden towns in Finland. Not a museum area but a living town district, Old Raahe tells the tale of the construction of a town and life in it from centuries ago to the modern day.
Built on a former Lapp hut site, the town was originally quite modest. According to a town plan map drawn in 1659, the oldest picture of Raahe, the then 10-year-old town only comprised less than a dozen blocks, many of them nothing more than small strips. There were only two longitudinal streets and three cross streets. The drawing shows that the town was surrounded by a customs wall with two customs points: the eastern one outside the crossing of today’s Brahenkatu and Reiponkatu streets, and the southern one at the end of Pitkäkatu (now Kauppakatu) street, approximately at the location of today’s Koulukatu street. Even back then, the town had a busy port, located at the packhouse, which is now the Packhouse Museum. There was no shortage of wood for construction, and stones were procured from the islets in the archipelago, for instance. Founded by Count, Governor-General Per Brahe the Younger by order of Queen Christina, the town materialised “as if by magic”.
SUP Siniaalto offers instruction on standup paddleboarding on the waters in the Raahe region. They can provide practical instruction on basic skills and safety issues to SUP novices and advanced enthusiasts alike! The instructors have completed the courses required for SUP instructors and the international ASI qualification.
Private lessons for 2–5 people and, if separately agreed, larger groups can be arranged at a time suitable for you on short notice. Basic and advanced courses, events for smaller and larger groups, employee recreation events, sessions for friend groups and stag parties are available by order. The guided courses include the instruction and the requisite equipment. You must be able to swim to attend and have an effective accident insurance policy The recommended age limit for SUP is 12. Paddling trips to the nearby islands are available to those who have already mastered the basics of standup paddleboarding.
Summertime fatbike trips
Fatbike trips are a great way to enjoy the nature of the Raahe region. Previous experience with cross-country cycling is not required. The trip includes use of a fatbike and a guide.
Paddling trips in the Raahe archipelago
They welcome you to paddling trips in the Raahe archipelago, guided by Botnia Outdoor. They offer a variety of paddling trips to the archipelago, from short to long ones. You can take part in the short trips without any previous paddling experience, but for longer paddling trips we recommend you first take a beginner's course in paddling (EPP1) or that you have some previous paddling experience. Botnia Outdoor's professional guides take care of your safety during guided tours and you can concentrate on enjoying paddling and surrounding nature.
Kuntokeidas Vesipekka swimming and multipurpose hall
Kuntokeidas Vesipekka is a modern, completely renovated swimming and sports centre for the whole family. At the pools, you can relax at the massage points of the multipurpose pool and massage away your daily stress under water jets or participate in group activities. For the kids, there are children’s pools and a 45 m water slide. For swimmers, there is a fitness pool and a deep pool. The Wibit obstacle course is in use approximately once a month. After taking a dip in the cold-water pool, you can enjoy the soft heat of the steam rooms.
The gym is equipped with new modern equipment. The whole family will enjoy glow bowling at the bowling alley. In the ball game hall, you can play tennis, floorball, badminton and volleyball. The ArinaAreena airdome provides an environment for playing football and Finnish baseball. We also have personal trainer and testing services and a solarium. At our café, you can order a serving of coffee to the meeting room or for a recreation day.
A cruise, an Island Hopping excursion, a day- or multi-day trip to the islands
For centuries, recreation in marine nature and the archipelago has been part of the summer of people in Raahe. Now you can explore the Raahe archipelago, selected as the Finnish Outdoor Destination of the Year in 2016, on boats with capacity for 12 persons. Spend a lovely summer day on the beach on Tasku Island, learn about the unique nature shaped by post-glacial rebound on the nature trail on Iso - Kraaseli Island or enjoy the peace and quiet on the rocky shores of Kalla Island. The trip to these islands only takes about 20 minutes. Explore the archipelago on a cruise or join an Island Hopping tour where you will visit three islands. You will also see historical daymarks and new lighthouses during the excursion.
Come and experience activities with horses in a natural setting. The American Bashkir Curly herd of horses ensures that you will have unforgettable experiences with horses, genuine encounters with people and moments of mindfulness.
Ruukki’s new karting circuit, which is perhaps one of the best circuits in Northern Finland especially for juniors, offers fantastic experiences for drivers. The club has go-karts for hire suitable for drivers from 5 years upwards. Ruukin FK organises go-kart hire, competitions and camps. The service building of the circuit, Vauhtimaja, has a floor area of 250 m2, including space for 40 diners (including dishes) and a kitchen for cooking, five toilets, one of which is accessible and includes a nursing table, dressing rooms for approximately 40 people and separate saunas for men and women.
Alpua Church Stone
In Kirkkoniemi in the village of Alpua, high up on a ridge top by a road leading to a ski cabin stands a boulder resembling a pulpit. It is said that, long ago, beggar monks and priests held sermons at the site for people living in the wilderness. When Vihanti did not yet have a church of its own, legend has it that the Church Stone was the starting point of the journey to transport the deceased to the Luohua cemetery. According to folklore, during the Russian occupation of the Great Northern War, people gathered at the stone for church service. The area is currently protected.
WHERE TO SHOP IN RAAHE
The home of the Utuan sydän brand, which represents elegant Finnish design, can be found by Pekkatori Square in Old Raahe. Designer Piia Vähäsalo’s studio is located in an amazing setting in connection to her shop/showroom on Brahenkatu. Enveloped in the smell of genuine leather, the shop provides an excellent opportunity to browse the diverse and colourful Utua range. Utua’s selection includes high-quality leather products from purses, wallets and rucksacks to accessories. The leather products are made from high-quality Italian leather and hand sewn at a small Greek atelier. The production batches are small, so the range is updated several times a year.
Your friendly downtown music shop that stocks just the right instruments and equipment. We also service musical instruments and related electronics. At our recording studio, you can transfer your old cassettes to CDs or record your own singing or playing. Equipment is also available for rent. Open 10 am–5 pm on weekdays and 11 am–1 pm on Saturdays during the winter season At other times, we are available upon agreement.
The Arvola Boutique provides greenhouse vegetables cultivated on the farm, such as sweet pepper, cucumber and tomato. We warmly welcome you to browse our products from the beginning of May to mid-October. Visit their website to learn about the farm’s activities, growth potential in the region and our unique heating arrangements for production.
The Trade House of Lang
The shelves of their shop are stacked with treasures from ships that have visited distant lands and the skilful works of local artisans. The shop’s selection has been put together to invoke the spirit of the cargo manifest of Lang’s sailing ship in the 1870s, and they import small batches of delectable treats and other products from the same ports as the ships of old! Located by Pekkatori Square, the Trade House of Lang offers stories and experiences from the age of sailing ships in Raahe. The Trade House is an enchanting café-restaurant, shop and inn from the 19th century, which also rents out space for celebrations and conferences. It continuous the traditions of a merchant house with more than two centuries of history, taking us back with tales of life and historical figures in days past. The Trade House of Lang serves fresh pastries and local food prepared in its own kitchen as well as wonderful accommodations in a unique and historical environment.