Finland: Kokkola – Picturesque Harbor in North Finland
Today we take you to a small harbor town on the coast of Osthrobotnie. The city of Kokkola situated between Oula and Vaasa is not something that we would recommend you for an individual trip, however, if you pass by, you should stop there and see what they have.
Especially interesting is the Neristan quarter in the city center a couple of blocks from the bus and train station. Right next to another there are typical colorful wooden houses. Nice view, especially in winter, their colors excel while they are partially covered with snow. If you got northwards off along the river, you will have a nice walk in a large English park.
Po pár krocích pak s jistotou narazíte na budovu, která připomíná z jedné strany prosklenou garáž. Jedná se přitom o to nejzajímavější, co se v Kokkole nachází a na co jsou místní obyvatelé pyšní, vrak britské válečné lodi ukořistěné roku 1845 během krymské války.
If the park lures you to prolong your walk, you can go along the right bank of the Sunti river until you reach its mouth to the Gulf of Bothnia. Near is a small beach with modern Finnish houses. Here is a cruise ship that regularly travels to nearby Tankkar island. The symbol of the island is a marvelous red and white lighthouse . You can see a scale model of the lighthouse in the municipal park.
Should you stay longer in the city, take a hike to the old lighthouse. There runs a road from the beach that changes to an interesting trail. The place itself is romantic and almost melancholic. On cold days you should stop by Villa Elba. There is a center for free time and ecology, and you can get warmer with a cup of traditional Finnish percolated coffee. Also, you can take the other way, out of the city, and visit Punakalliot, Rastamaja or Kalasatama that is bit further. The places offer a nice view of the vast sea and murmur of waves hitting omnipresent rocks. Both trails are long. It would be a good idea to travel by bike. The trip is great, though, especially on a sunny day when sun rays reflect on water, and you can dream about the lands beyond horizon.
Text/photo: PhDr. Josef Levý
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