Vaasa Airport, is a public airport located in Vaasa, Finland, approximately 9km (5.6 mi) south-east of Vaasa city centre. Some of the airlines that operate at the airport are airBaltic, Blue1, Finnair, and Flybe Nordic. It offers charter services to several destinations in Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Greece, Spain, Turkey, and Thailand. It is the sixth biggest airport in Finland in terms of passengers. Vaasa Airport handled approximately 288,000 passengers in 2010.
The airport offers daily regular services to Helsinki (Finnair, Blue1, and Golden Air/Finncomm Airlines), Stockholm, Sweden (Blue1), and four times a week to Umeå, Sweden (airBaltic).
What to see & do
Vaasa is a city in Ostrobothnia, located on the west coast of Finland. The city was an important site of governance when Finland was part of Sweden. The city underwent several name changes due to alternative spellings, political decisions, and language condition changes. It became known as Vaasa since 1917. Due to its proximity to Sweden (45 nautical miles), Vaasa’s culture is a mixture of both Swedish and Finnish. In fact, Vaasa has a bilingual population, with 69.8% of the population speaking Finnish as their first language and 24.8% speaking Swedish.
Vaasa has several tourist attractions to visit. There’s the dynamic and modern Pohjanmaan Museo. Divided into three sections, the museum features the region’s natural history in the Terranova section; an exhibit of artefacts and accompanying audio, as well as sections that exhibit city’s violent 17th century in the Pohjanmaan Museo (Ostrobothnian Museum); and the Hedman collection, which has 300 works of art. Visit the quaint old town of Vanha Vaasa, which was developed around the harbour and is now home to the grand and architecturally impressive Court of Appeal, which was built in 1776, and was then converted to a church – the Korsholm Church. You can also see the ruins of a medieval church and pay a visit to the Vanhan Vaasan museo, an 18th century bourgeois style house which used to be the residence of a former merchant. The beautiful Stundars Handicraft Village exudes a laidback atmosphere, with its open-air museum and crafts centre, 60 traditional wooden buildings, and also a popular site for bazaars and craft demonstrations. For the ultimate holiday trip, go to Vaskiluoto, a popular holiday destination for Finnish families. With its beaches, boating opportunities, camping grounds, and the Wasalandia Amusement Park, every member of your family will surely enjoy. You can also visit the nearby Tropiclandia, which has water slides, wave machines, jacuzzis, saunas, and spa treatments.
How to get around within Vaasa
Due to its compact size, getting around Vaasa can be done by simply walking. Most of its tourist attractions are located within walking distance with the commercial centre and night spots concentrated around the market square. To get to the other parts of the city and its surrounding municipalities, you can get on a local bus, which leaves mainly from the southern end of the market square or from the western side of Rewell Center shopping mall. Buses run in an average of a half-hour to one-hour intervals per bus line. If you prefer to navigate around on a taxi, you can call a taxi to any address. There are two taxi stations in the city centre. Taxiboats are recommended for those who are travelling in groups to maximise space and save on fare money.
How to get there
From the airport, you can take the airport bus (bus lines 4, 10, and 40) to the Central Square. You can also get to the city by taking a taxi. You may reserve at least two hours before arrival or departure time of airplane. You can also get in by driving. Take the main road/E12 from Helsinki through Tampere to Vaasa. The coastal main road 8/E8 goes from Turku through Rauma and Pori to Vaasa, and from Vaasa through Kokkola to Oulu. All trains from Helsinki to Oulu and Rovaniemi crossing through Tampere stop at Seinäjoki, which has connecting trains to Vaasa. Seinäjoki also has direct trains to Vaasa, three of which also go to Jyväskylä. You can also hop on a bus with west coast connections like Oulu-Turku that go through Vaasa. Lastly, you can also get on-board Wasaline, a ferry line that traffics daily between Vaasa and Holmsund, Sweden (near Umeå). If you are getting in on your own boat, you can make use of Wasa Segelförening, one of Finlands oldest sailing societies, on the island of Vaskiluoto. Wasa Segelförening runs Vaasa’s official guest harbour.
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