To see

There are numerous fascinating sights for tourists interested in history. The Viitasaari Church in Haapasaari and the Orthodox chapel offer opportunities for quiet contemplation and a rest.

Huopanankoski rapids

The Huopanankoski rapids are among Finland’s oldest recreational fishing rapids. They are also a nationally significant cultural environment and a locally significant cultural landscape. The Huopanankoski rapids, in Viitasaari, have become famous through writer Juhani Aho’s work.

Address:
Huopanankoski rapids
Sininentie 1591
44580 HUOPANANKOSKI
Category: Fishing, Visit Locations, Art and Culture, Historical     Town: Viitasaari     Target Audience: Fisherman, Culture

Javelin Museum

The Javelin Museum, which is the only museum of its kind in the world, offers you the history of Finnish javelin. The museum is located next to Kultakeramiikka Oy in the Putaanportti area in Pihtipudas and is open throughout the year. A statue of a javelin thrower stands in the main stadium.

Address:
Javelin Museum
Putaanportintie 13
44800 PIHTIPUDAS
Category: Visit Locations, Museums     Town: Pihtipudas     Target Audience: Culture

Lassi Urpilainen Memorial

Lassi Urpilainen’s statue stands close to the Kangaskylä school junction, approximately four kilometres from the Kinnula centre towards Lestijärvi.

Address:
Lassi Urpilainen Memorial

43900 KINNULA
Category: Visit Locations, Historical     Town: Kinnula     Target Audience: Culture

Vihtori Storck art hall

You will find hundreds of wood carvings, statues and pictures presenting life in the olden days in the art hall. Open during the summer months.

Address:
Vihtori Storck art hall

43900 KINNULA
Phone:
+358 40 568 6742
Category: Visit Locations, Art and Culture     Town: Kinnula     Target Audience: Culture

Karoliinan Portaat - natural stairs

Karoliinan Portaat, the natural stairs in Kymönkoski, are hard to negotiate and have been named after their user, Karoliina Raatikainen (1848-1918).

Address:
Karoliinan Portaat - natural stairs

44640 KYMÖNKOSKI
Category: Hiking Areas, Visit Locations, Historical, Vantage Point     Town: Viitasaari     Target Audience: Families, Outdoors, Culture

Heinäjoki Bridge

The stone dual-arch bridge over River Heinäjoki is located in the Pihtipudas centre. It was completed in 1924. The Heinäjoki Bridge was a part of road E75 until 1962. In 1982, it became a museum bridge.

Address:
Heinäjoki Bridge

44800 PIHTIPUDAS
Category: Visit Locations, Historical     Town: Pihtipudas     Target Audience: Culture

The Statue of Tahko Pihkala and other statues

Professor Lauri Tahko Pihkala's statue is located in front of the Pihtipudas municipal offices. In Sallila Park, you will find a pioneer statue erected to honour Finnish men clearing bog land for farming, and Sallila’s girl statue is located outside the health centre.

Address:

44800 Pihtipudas
Category: Visit Locations, Art and Culture, Historical     Town: Pihtipudas     Target Audience: Culture

Porthan Park

Porthan Park is located in the centre of Viitasaari, next to Lake Keitele. It was named after Henrik Gabriel Porthan, who is said to be the father of Finnish history. In the park, you will also find memorials for Porthan and Niilo Hämäläinen, as well as the summer café, Porthan Puiston Lottamaja. There's also a separate play area for younger children.

Address:
Porthan Park
Rantatie 2
44500 VIITASAARI
Category: Visit Locations, Art and Culture, Historical     Town: Viitasaari     Target Audience: Families, Culture

Tuulensuu Statue Park and Art Centre

Tuulensuu is one of Finland’s most significant artist residences maintained by a private patron. The Tuulensuu Sculpture Park is open year-round.

Address:
Tuulensuu Statue Park and Art Centre

44610 KÄRNÄ
Phone:
+358 44 459 7570
Category: Visit Locations, Art and Culture     Town: Viitasaari     Target Audience: Culture

Kinnula Church

The church was built during the famine of 1864–1867. Construction was led by Otto Korkiakoski, a master builder from Sievi, who is said to have drawn the plans for the church on a plank. The church is of a harmonious cruciform design, decorated with many wood carvings. The church has two altarpieces.The first one is from the 1910s, and the other one was made by Esko Töyrylä in the 1950s.

Address:
Kinnula Church
Jääjoentie 2
43900 KINNULA
Phone:
+358 14 485 715
Category: Visit Locations, Churches     Town: Kinnula     Target Audience: Culture

Kivijärvi Church

The church, which was completed in 1874–1875, was designed by architect Theodor Decker in the neo-Gothic style.

Address:
Kivijärvi Church
Keskustie 23
43800 KIVIJÄRVI
Phone:
+358 14 481 009
Category: Visit Locations, Churches     Town: Kivijärvi     Target Audience: Culture

Pihtipudas Church

The small wooden cruciform church of Pihtipudas, dating from 1783, is the oldest church in Central Finland still in use. The master builder was Simon Silvén from Kalajoki. The Muurasjärvi village has its own church, which was designed by architect Esko Laitinen and completed in 1963. Furthermore, Finland’s first Church of silence for travellers is located in Elämäjärvi, in Pihtipudas.

Address:
Pihtipudas Church
Sallilantie 5
43800 PIHTIPUDAS
Phone:
+358 14 579 1121
Category: Visit Locations, Churches     Town: Pihtipudas     Target Audience: Culture

The Tervamäki chapel

The Tervamäki chapel is a haven of good music and a variety of smaller and bigger events. The chapel offers a unique setting for concerts, retreats, weddings, memorials and conferences. It is located on a scenic spot by Lake Keitele in Suovanlahti in the Viitasaari municipality.

Address:
The Tervamäki chapel
Tervamäentie 62
44670 Suovanlahti
Phone:
+358 500 888650 +358 400 899 688
Category: Visit Locations, Art and Culture, Churches, Concerts and Gigs, Spirituals     Town: Viitasaari     Target Audience: Culture

Viitasaari Church

Viitasaari’s striking cruciform church is located in Haapasaari, a walking distance from the town centre. The church was designed by architect T.H. Granstedt. In 1925, the church was repaired in accordance with Architect Alvar Aalto’s designs; the latest fairly major repair was carried out in 1989. The church is open during the summer months on weekdays; you will also find a guide in the church during the opening hours. During the rest of the year, the church is open by appointment.

Address:
Viitasaari Church
Kirkkotie
44500 VIITASAARI
Phone:
+358 14 333 4900
Category: Visit Locations, Churches     Town: Viitasaari     Target Audience: Culture

Viitasaari Christ's Transfiguration Tsasouna

The Tsasouna of Viitasaari, located in Haapasaari, was dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ.

Address:
Viitasaari Christ`s Transfiguration Tsasouna
Kirkkotie 12
44500 VIITASAARI
Phone:
+358 40 839 4309
Website:
ort.fi/en
Category: Visit Locations, Churches     Town: Viitasaari     Target Audience: Culture

Kinnula Local Museum

The Kinnula Local Museum’s attractions include old Ostrobothnian style houses such as a 19th century farmhouse with its barns and sheds and utensils. The museum's speciality is a reconstructed wartime dugout. Open during the summer months.

Address:
Kinnula Local Museum
Keskustie
43900 KINNULA
Phone:
+358 44 378 0396 +358 40 585 9213
Category: Visit Locations, Museums     Town: Kinnula     Target Audience: Culture

Kivijärvi Local Museum

The Kivijärvi Local Museum is based in an old granary, located in the centre of the village. The old two-storey granary, with a floor space of 380 m2, was built in 1858. The downstairs has eight separate grain silos, and the upstairs is one big open space. There is an old barn in the yard outside. Open during the summer months.

Address:
Kivijärvi Local Museum
Kivijärventie
43800 KIVIJÄRVI
Phone:
+358 44 459 7871
Category: Visit Locations, Museums     Town: Kivijärvi     Target Audience: Culture

Valoharju School Museum

The old Valoharju School building in Kivijärvi functions now as a school museum. One of the classrooms has been restored as an old-fashioned classroom, with various different objects related to school life. Open during the summer months.

Address:
Valoharju School Museum

43800 KIVIJÄRVI
Phone:
+358 44 459 7871
Category: Visit Locations, Museums     Town: Kivijärvi     Target Audience: Culture

Pihtipudas Local Museum

The Pihtipudas Museum of Local History is located in the old granary next to the church. With its about 700 artefacts, the museum depicts the cultural and local history of Pihtipudas. Open in summer. At other times by arrangement. For further information, please contact Pihtipudas-Seura ry, tel. +358 (0)207 931 621.

Address:
Pihtipudas Local Museum
Sallilantie 1
44800 PIHTIPUDAS
Phone:
+358 20 793 1621
Category: Visit Locations, Museums     Town: Pihtipudas     Target Audience: Culture

Perkausvuori Observation Tower

The bird watching and observation tower in Kivijärvi was built in the locals' old meeting place next to Tyrävuori and by Lake Pieni Perkausjärvi.

Address:
Perkausvuori Observation Tower

43800 KIVIJÄRVI
Category: Visit Locations, Vantage Point     Town: Kivijärvi     Target Audience: Families, Outdoors

Vietsaari Observation Tower

This six-metre observation tower offers scenic views of Lake Kivijärvi. The tower is located in Vietsaari, and there is a trail that leads to it from the car park on Vietsaarentie.

Address:
Vietsaari Observation Tower

43800 KIVIJÄRVI
Category: Visit Locations, Vantage Point     Town: Kivijärvi     Target Audience: Families, Outdoors

Keihärinkoski Observation Tower

The Keihärinkoski Observation Tower stands on the highest point of Luotolansaari Island, at the top of Täivuori Hill. The wooden observation tower, which is 12 metres high, was built in 2004. There is a road all the way there. A 1-km nature trail is also situated in the area.

Address:
Keihärinkoski Observation Tower

44760 KEIHÄRINKOSKI
Category: Visit Locations, Vantage Point     Town: Viitasaari     Target Audience: Families, Outdoors

Savivuori Observation Tower

The Savivuori Observation Tower in Viitasaari is in a magnificent spot on top of Savivuori hill, which is 71 metres from lake level and 171 metres from sea level. The observation tower and the café on the ground floor are open 13.6.- 2.8.2015 10am-5pm.

Address:
Savivuori Observation Tower
Näkötornintie
44500 VIITASAARI
Phone:
+358 40 777 6614 +358 40 533 1587
Category: Visit Locations, Vantage Point     Town: Viitasaari     Target Audience: Families, Outdoors

Forestry Museum

The Forestry Museum located in Savivuori, Viitasaari, showcases logging techniques and tools used in forestry in olden times. You can also see several dwellings, including a forest lodge, a horse stable, a smoke cabin, a granary and a windmill. Open in summer. For enquiries, please contact cultural affairs manager Jorma Rihto, tel. +358 (0)44 459 7570.

Address:
Forestry Museum
Näkötornintie 2
44500 VIITASAARI
Phone:
+358 44 459 7570
Category: Visit Locations, Museums     Town: Viitasaari     Target Audience: Culture

Sacred Tree

Pyhä Puu, the sacred tree, is a unique memorial in Central Finland. It is located in Tikankangas, 10 km from Kinnula’s centre towards Silkkiperä and from there towards Koirasalmi. There are signposts to the tree from Kontumäki Road.

Address:
Sacred Tree

43900 KINNULA
Category: Visit Locations, Historical     Town: Kinnula     Target Audience: Outdoors, Culture

Winter War Monument

The memorial for those young men who left to go to the Winter War in 1939-40 is located in the market place in Kinnula’s centre. Here, the local brave men gathered before leaving for war in 1939.

Address:
Winter War Monument

43900 KINNULA
Category: Visit Locations, Historical     Town: Kinnula     Target Audience: Culture

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