This summer our “Lost in Finland” drive’s direction was Pohjanmaa and the town of Kokkola, on the western coast some 500 km from Helsinki. Kokkola is a charming town with a most beautiful district of old, well-kept wooden houses. In the 17th century Kokkola was a big exporter of tar to Europe. Today tar is not the sought after commodity it used to be, but in other areas the town’s vital industrial tradition still continues.
And hey, this is the home town of our good friends Arnon and Kati.
The boat houses of Suntti decorate the shores of the narrow inlet that was the gate to the town of Kokkola in the 17th century.
The old part of Kokkola, Neristan, was a beautiful surprise. Even after having visited the old towns in Porvoo, Loviisa and Rauma, this one made a great impression on me. It is much less known in Finland, perhaps because of it’s location, some 500 km north of Helsinki. Not many foreign or local tourists will find their way there. But if you are ever going up north, it certainly is worth a visit.
A wooden statuette called “Vaivaisukko” is a feature that stands in front of almost any old church, especially in Pohjanmaa . It is used to collect donations for the poor. This Beautiful figure decorates the old wooden church of Kronoby on the outskirts of Kokkola. The church was built in the late 1800s.
Our great hosts in town were our friends Arnon and Kati. Here at their summer cabin, a few minutes’ drive from their home. Thank you guys for a great hospitality and for opening our eyes to yet another beautiful spot in Finland.