Camping, fishing, skiing, hiking, visit Museums, medieval Church and play Golf in Vammala (Sastamala), Finland.

This church was built in 1506.
This church was built in 1506.
look at the huge stones used to build the church
look at the huge stones used to build the church

Vammala or the most recent name, Sastamala is a small Finnish town around 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Tampere or 3 hr drive/train from Helsinki. It is far from the crowded city, calm and serene. Mainly pensioners live in this city. Surrounded by lakes, rivers and forests. The density of population is only 15 people/square kilometer. There is no university in the town, so most youngsters move out and come back after they retire. Most parts of the town is covered by forests, lakes and rivers. There is an intercity train stop, bus stop and an airport (presently used only for private planes). There are also one hospital, several small factories and few companies. You can also see the presence of several American and Asian car company show rooms and repair centers. The main reason is, the town is big and there is not enough public transportations. As far as I understand, people also not feel like walking or biking to travel around the city. Hence car companies have a good market here. Not just cheap cars, Mercedes Benzs, BMW and Audies can also be seen driving around the city. So, there is money in the city, at least with some people. Interestingly, Nokia mobiles headquarters is just 20 kilometers from the vammala town. The city of vammala was burned down during the civil war in 1918. Hence most the old houses are destroyed, except an old church.

How to reach Vammala?

There are regional trains from Tampere to Poori and you can get down at the Vammala train station. It costs around 8€ (in 2011) and it will take 45 minutes from Tampere. The nearest airport is Tampere. There are also buses from Tampere to Vammala, but it is more expensive and takes longer. If you are coming via Helsinki, you have to first take a train to Tampere and then change there.

What to see and do in Vammala?

· Book Museum: Very recently a book Museum has ben opened in vammala. It is the only book Museum in Finland. Also, once in a year in summer, there is a book festival where antique book collectors from all over Finland come to Vammala. There is also a local book store, was established in 1891, well known in Finland.

· 500 year old Church: There is a very old, around 500 year old church in the town. During civil war in 1918 most of the town was burned down except this church.

Check the article here

· Skiing and Snowboarding: There is downhill skiing and snowboarding facility in a ski resort in vammala

· Forest: Most of the vammala is covered in Forest . There are deers, moose, black adder, white rabbits (wild) and brown rabbits, fox, badger. You can also pluck blue berries, cloudberry and mushrooms.

Guide to trekking in Finnish forest

· Fishing: There are lots of fish in the rivers and lakes around vammala. I guess you can rent a boat at the ski resort and go for fishing. You can get more information about fishing in the region here

· Buy hand made designs in porcelain: In Finnish it is called Posliinitupa. There is a lady staying at Karjalankatu (katu means street) in Vammala who makes hand made designs in Porcelain.

· Golf ground: If you like to play golf, there is also faciltiy for that. It is called 'Lakeside Golf'. It has two 18 hole golf courses located in a charming countryside landscape. You can get more information about the golf here

. Herra Hakkaraisen talo (house) : This is childrens' cartoon house very famous in and around Finland. There are lots of opportunities for children to play and do adventures. Entry is free for children but adults have to pay around 5 euro as entry fees. You can get more informations here http://www.herrahakkaraisentalo.net/inenglish.html

. Sastamala Gregoriana (Music Festival): It is a festival celebrating the Finnish and international medieval art and culture. You can get more information about this here.

 My child loved playing in Herra Hakkaraisen house
My child loved playing in Herra Hakkaraisen house

Where to stay in Vammala?

Here are the list of hostels in vammala. Get their website from the internet and call them before you go there.

Hotels and camping sites in Vammala

 
WEBSITE
Tervakallio (Camping site)
http://www.tervakallio.com/
Seurahuone (Hotel)
http://www.vammalanseurahuone.fi/
Ellivuori (ski resort)
http://www.ellivuori.fi/hotelli/de/
This village has been here since middle ages.
This village has been here since middle ages.

Where to find a job in Vammla

There are few big companies and more than 50 smaller companies in Vammala. Some of the big companies in Vammala:

· Teknikum

· Vesinieminen

· Niementehtaat

· Patria

· Thermisol

Finland is a very expensive country. So take enough money with you. Youngsters speak English but older generations only speak Finnish and Swedish or Russian. Buy a travelling guide and a Finnish dictionary. You will find it useful.

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Comments 17 comments

Jim Stark 5 years ago

What a fish!!! just only caught by a kid, I am amazed cause I have just only catch a small (1/2) half kilo of carp, hoping that I will be there for fishing, where is that place?


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

The videos are really Great !!


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emdi 5 years ago Author

truthfornow,Paradise,kikifish,Thelmaa and Danette, Thank you so much the comments. Glad to hear that you found the hub useful.


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Looks so beautiful. Never thought of going to Finland before. Thanks for the nice article.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

It does look very charming, very peaceful. The church is in a wonderful state of preservation, and I LOVE the idea of a book museum! Thanks for a great hub, and congratulations on being the Hub of the Day.


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kikifish 5 years ago from Honolulu

Vammala (Sastamala) is really a fantastic place, I love the medieval Church, I love the village, every thing seems so amazing, thanks for sharing with us.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Congratulations for the hub of the day. I have not been to Finnland but I read about this beautiful country and now your hub is so inviting. Thanks for sharing.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Congratulations on being picked Hub of the Day. This sounds like an interesting place to visit and I love the idea of a book museum. Often we visit "reproduction" villages here in the US and it's fascinating to think of the village being there since the middle ages.


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emdi 5 years ago Author

Flora,If you love books and history book Museum is an ideal place to visit. I have posted in this hub some pictures from the Museum (sorry, my camera is not that high quality). There are also few photos from the church. Enjoy!!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Congratulations on being chosen hub of the day. I have never been to Finland, and have only been in Europe once-Greece in 2000. While others were interested in beaches and sunbathing, I went there for the art hustory. If I ever visted Vammala, I would spent most of my time at the book museum -I love books!-and checking out that 500 year old church.


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emdi 5 years ago Author

adeaugustus, johncimble,u01dtj6,Les,applesmith: Thank you for the feedback.

If you like to spend your vacation more close to nature, vammala is a nice place to be.


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applecsmith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Congratulations on being the Hub of the day! This looks like a fabulous place to visit, and the pictures look great. This post is very well written, full of great ideas and information.

Thanks for sharing - voted up and awesome!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

I've never been to Finland, but this makes it look so inviting. Many thanks.


u01dtj6 5 years ago

This hub is great to read and it has some amazing details, voted interesting.


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johncimble 5 years ago from Bangkok

nice one :)


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emdi 5 years ago Author

btw, your Finnish mobile phone (Nokia) still gets signal even if you are in the middle of the forest. :-)


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

What a charming place Vammala is! I'm especially attracted to more foresty locations, so I hope I have the opportunity to visit it someday! Thanks for clueing me in to a cool new location to add to my I-should-really-go-there list.

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