Salo is a city of about 55000 inhabitants in Finland Proper, perhaps best known for the Nokia mobile phones. Salo has existed as a centre of rural commerce since at least the 16th century. It became a market town in 1887 and a town 1960. Much of the surrounding countryside, including Halikko, Kiikala, Kisko, Kuusjoki, Muurla, Pernio, Pertteli, Suomusjarvi, Sarkisalo and Uskela, is now incorporated in the same municipality. There has been electronics production in Salo since the 1920s. The success of the communications company Nokia in the 1990s made it flourish. This was where phones were assembled, to the extent production was not abroad, to have production near development. Bad times for Nokia have been bad times for the city; 2012 Nokia laid down its Nokia factory and 2015 Microsoft laid down the development facilities.
Only half an hour from Turku and just over an hour from Helsinki is the action packed city of Salo. Enjoy getting active in nature, exploring fascinating culture or crêpe tasting at the atmospheric night-markets.
The Teijo National Park offers activities for the whole family. The area comprises the three ironworks villages of Mathildedal, Teijo and Kirjakkala that together form a single cultural and historical entity. Well worth exploring, the area now has the new Coastal Trail bicycle route that goes from Salo through the three villages and on to the Strömma Channel in Kemito. You can enjoy sports and nature all year round with downhill skiing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, horse riding or even go carting in a gravity racer. For Golfers there are three international standard golf courses with Finland’s longest season.
The noble manor estates, ironworks and museums tell of the region’s cultural beginnings. Art can be enjoyed at the Veturitalo Art Museum and at the Salo Electronics Museum explore the latest exhibition Made in Salo, which presents phones and monitors, among other things, from Salo’s telephone manufacturing of the 1960’s. Guided tours will introduce you to the many unique attractions.
BEST TIME TO GO TO SALO
The best time to visit Salo in Finland is from may until september, when you will have a soft or pleasant temperature and limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in Salo is 22°C in july and the lowest is -5°C in january. The weather and climate of Salo is suitable for a winter sports.
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 65.4°F (18.6°C) and 36.2°F (2.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is extremely rare with 0 to 1 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 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Salo, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 67.3°F (19.6°C) and 37.8°F (3.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 3 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 Salo to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 43.9°F (6.6°C) and 24.8°F (-4°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 0 to 3 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.
GETTING TO SALO
Finnish Railways (VR) operates a train from Helsinki to Salo hourly. Tickets cost 16€ - 23€ and the journey takes 1h 20m. Alternatively, Onni Bus operates a bus from Helsinki Kamppi to Salo Piihovi Ramppi hourly. Tickets cost 5€ - 7€ and the journey takes 1h 25m.
By train - All trains between Heksinki and Turku stop in Salo,
By bus - The normal express ("pika") Turku–Salo–Helsinki buses stop in Salo, but not the special express ("express") Turku–Helsinki ones. There are also regional buses to Turku and a few "regular" buses between Turku and Helsinki via Salo. This means some buses once or twice an hour most of the day, every two hours for some time in the night.
By car - Salo is located close to the motorway E18 (national road 1) between Helsinki (120 km) and Turku (50 km), by the former main road (national road 110) and at the ancient Great Coastal Road, the "King's road" between the cities.
The King's Road (Kuninkaantie, Kungsvägen) mostly follows what now are village roads. It is marked as a historic road. Unless in a hurry you might want to take this route to better see the countryside and visit some of the sights.
GETTING AROUND SALO
It's easy for the traveller to get around in his or her own vehicle, as well as on public transportation. Cities and towns have an efficient public transportation system, and longer distances can be covered in the comfort of long-distance buses and taxi. You can also get around in Salo by using Bicycle or by walking.
WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN SALO
Situated in a quiet residential area just 500 m from the Astrum Event Centre, Hotel Fjalar provides free WiFi and free access to an indoor pool, sauna and exercise equipment. Salo city centre is 1.5 km away. The individually decorated rooms feature a minibar, work desk and TV. All feature a balcony or direct access to the shared terrace or garden. The fireplace lounge has comfortable seating and a large flat-screen TV. Fjalar’s breakfast buffet includes a wide variety of hot and cold dishes. Hotel Fjalar is within 10 minutes' walk of the Salo Art Museum and Salo Station. Both Wiurila Golf Club and Salo Golf Club are within a 5 minutes' drive. Teijo National Park and the artisan village of Mathildedal are 25 km away.
Pii Hotel provides accommodation in Salo. The accommodation features a sauna, free WiFi and family rooms. At the hotel, rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a private bathroom. The nearest airport is Turku Airport, 57 km from Pii Hotel.
This self-service hotel, set in a former TV and radio factory in Salo, is part of a renovated event and conference centre. It offers free parking and free WiFi access, as well as free access to a gym, group exercise classes and shared sauna in the same building. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is featured in each room, as well as an arm chair and tea/coffee facilities. The private bathrooms have a shower and hairdryer. A lunch restaurant and cafe are located in the same building as Salora Hotel. A children's indoor playground, theatre, along with a bowling alley, electronics museum and escape room are also found on site. Guests can enjoy discounts to these services. Hotel Salora is just 10 minutes' walk from Salo Train and Bus Station. Salo Golf Course and Wiurila Golf Course are both a 5 minutes' drive away. Turku Airport is located 55 km from the property.
Original Sokos Hotel Rikala is located in central Salo, just 400 m from bus and train connections at Salo Station. It offers a free evening sauna and 2 bars. Private parking and Wi-Fi access are free. All rooms at Sokos Rikala have a TV and a private bathroom with a shower. Restaurant Rikala Bar & Grill serves cuisine made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. The bar and a nightclub, offer snacks, drinks and dancing until late. Guests can book a top-floor sauna privately. The general sauna is free to use from 16:00 until 22:00, Monday to Thursday.
Vuohensaari Camping offers pet-friendly accommodation in Salo. Turku is 45 km from the property. Free WiFi is offered . There is also a kitchenette in some of the units, equipped with a microwave. Bathrooms facilitates are located in a separate building from the accommodation rooms. Vuohensaari Camping also includes a sauna which can be rented for an extra fee and a terrace. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. You can play mini golf at the property, and the area is popular for fishing. The nearest airport is Turku Airport, 47 km from Vuohensaari Camping.
Cosy house by lake is located in Salo and offers a garden and a terrace. Guests have access to free WiFi. Turku is 45 km from the holiday home, while Hanko is 43 km from the property. Turku Airport is 49 km away. There's a Mini Childrens play ground and also Sauna. You can go Boating or Fishing in the Lake.
Holiday Home Kasnäs marina a 6 is set in Salo. The holiday home is fitted with a TV. A dishwasher and a fridge can be found in the kitchenette. The nearest airport is Turku Airport, 60 km from the holiday home.
Situated in central Salo, these apartments include free Wi-Fi access and a fully equipped kitchen. Parking is free on site. Salo Market Square is a 10-minute walk away. A seating area and a 32-inch flat-screen TV are featured in all units at Marent Apartments. Each has a bathroom with shower. Some apartments include a private sauna Relaxation options include a garden terrace. Laundry facilities are available at Apartments Marent. Salo Train and Bus Station is within a 20-minute walk of the apartments. The nearest bus stop is only a 4 minute walk away. Salo Golf Centre is 1 km away.
Offering a barbecue, Vuohensaari Camping Ahtela's cottage is located in Salo, 45 km from Turku. Free WiFi is available . Bathroom facilities are shared and are found in a separate building. You can play mini golf at the property, and the area is popular for fishing. The nearest airport is Turku Airport, 47 km from the property.
With sea views, Putka, Jailhouse is situated in Salo and has a restaurant and a shared kitchen. Both WiFi and private parking are accessible at the camping free of charge. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. Guests at Putka, Jailhouse can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers a terrace. A bicycle rental service is available at Putka, Jailhouse. The nearest airport is Turku Airport, 60 km from the camping.
ACTIVITIES TO DO & WHAT TO SEE IN SALO
You can enjoy sports and nature all year round with downhill skiing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, horse riding or even go carting in a gravity racer. For Golfers there are three international standard golf courses with Finland's longest season. Learn about Salo history by visiting their historic places and museums.
The Collection of Electronics houses devices manufactured in Salo by the Salora, Mobira, Nokia and other Finnish and international electronics industry.
The main focus of the exhibitions are displays of radios, televisions and later on phones and monitors.
Experience spectacular scenery and peaceful nature on paddling excursion in single or double kayaks. Before heading out, make sure that you will be given paddling tips and dont forget to wear protective gears.
The circular trail around Lake Matildanjärvi is one of the most popular ones in Teijo National Park. There are pine forests and mires along the trail. After the Ice Age, the Baltic Sea washed the rocks of Teijo. These bare hills add diversity to the landscape and the natural features of the National Park. On the rocks ofLake Matildanjärvi, you find a great scenery. Most of the time, you will walk near the lake shore. In the western end of the lake, the trail goes through the village of Mathildedal and along a road about 450 metres.
Visit Salon Taidemuseum Veturitalli
The building of the Salo Art Museum is an old locomotive shed. The exhibitons halls and also the museum office are located in the same building. Space at the Salo Art Museum is also for different occasions especially concerts.
Finnish UNESCO World Heritage sites, Swedish High Coast, colourful wooden towns and splendid coastal scenery in three different Finnish archipelagos . Finland’s coast boasts the world’s largest archipelago and is dotted with countless islands. The laid-back islander lifestyle and a strong maritime culture are key characteristics of this fascinating area. In a country of such abundant forests, Finland has been built mostly from wood up to the last century. A visit to wooden towns is like entering a living time capsule into Finland’s past. Along the route there are four different UNESCO World Heritage sites. Soumenlinna - a monument of military architecture and old Rauma - a living and well-maintained old Nordic wooden town. The Bronze Age Burial Site at Sammallahdenmaki is Finland’s first archaeological site. The Kvarken Archipelago together with the High Coast in Sweden form a transboundary World Natural Heritage site. Old wooden towns, exciting world heritage sites and large archipelago national parks stretching over land and sea – this all sums up this coastal route in a nutshell.
Mathildedal is an idyllic ironworks from 1850s. The village represents an idyllic village at its best: red ochre houses, ironworks buildings, history, culture, peacefulness, nature and life. The beautiful ironworks area next to the Teijo National Park and the archipelago offers its services all year round. This iron works milieu from the 19th century has a modern village society of 130 inhabitants with many entrepreneurs. The old buildings, friendly service and beautiful natural surroundings offer peace for all senses. In this vibrant little village you can enjoy concerts, art exhibitions, theater and a variety of events.
Muurlan lasitehdas (glassfactory) is located By one of the busiest motorways in Finland. The glass factory has a shop and a cafe-restaurant & bakery. Muurla is a well-known brand in Finland with over 1000 resellers nationwide. The factory outlet sells mainly Muurla products, but also a wide range of other home decor and gift items. It has been granted the Design from Finland mark.
WIURILA HORSE CARRIAGE & HOME MUSEUM
Located above Wiurila's grand ballroom, the unique Horse Carriage and Home museums offers a special insight into times gone by. The many carriages and artefacts from the Manor house immerse you in how the Armfelt family lived across the generations. Guided group and private tours are available across the seasons, with self-guided entry available in summertime.
Salo Golf is one of the 12 golf courses in Fnland. Founded in 1992, the 18-hole course is located within the beautiful Urheilupuisto area, on the bottom of an open valley and a mere kilometre from the town centre. The Vähäjoki River runs through the course and the club is surrounded by other sports facilities such as tennis and football courts, an indoor sports hall, ice hall and a swimming hall as well as a riding stables. Our course is renowned for its long season, which usually spans from April until snowfall in the autumn. In 2003 our club was the host of the men’s and women’s Finnish stroke play championships. The course offers challenge for both club and competitive players. Although the general appearance of the course is flat, the various water hazards, ponds and creeks as well as the roughs give each fairway their own personality. There is a certain ascetic honesty to be found within the widths and routing of the fairways. The free blowing winds add to this effect. The out of bounds areas surrounding the fairways do somewhat disturb the natural and plain appearance of the course.
Namila is fun place to be with kids! Slides, tubes, trampolines and game tables are well designed. This is an indoor playground or fun park for kids. There are comfortable sofas for the adults to sit on as well as free use of computers and massage chairs. It is also possible to arrange children's parties here. While your kids are enjoying, you can enjoy coffee and some snacks. Located in a former Salora/Nokia building near the city center.