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Seinajoki Travel Guide, Finland

Seinajoki, Travel Guide – Location

Seinajoki is located in the central western Finland, in the region called South Ostrobothnia, 60 miles from Vaasa and 107 miles from Pori. This Seinajoki travel guide will outline the most important information on the city.

Seinajoki, Travel Guide – Topography and Climate

The general landscape is of endless flat terrain with sporadic marshes located near the river banks and an average altitude of 50m. The position of the city not far south to the North Pole and the low elevation determines a northern temperate climate characterized by cold, snowy winters and warm summers. The best time to visit is in the summer months from May to September, temperatures reaching even 25-30ºC. The mild climate in Seinajoki can be explained through the presence of the Gulf Stream, an oceanic current influencing the local climate all year round.

The town is crossed by the Seinajoki River which gave its name to the nowadays Seinajoki city.

Seinajoki, Travel Guide – Flora and Fauna

Seinajoki’s once rich and diverse flora and fauna has changed due to the extensive agriculture practiced in these places. Still the local flora is made up of small areas of oak forests, different species of ferns and cultivated wheat and rye. Fauna is represented by two unique species in the country, found only here: the brown hare and the goldfinch.

Seinajoki, Travel Guide – Population

With a population of almost 60.000 people, Seinajoki is an economically and culturally active city with a continuous development. The locals work in commerce, agriculture, tourism and for the few important multinational companies, and enjoy the comfortable living that this city offers.

Most people are Lutheran followed by the Orthodox, Muslims, Jews and Roman Catholics.

Seinajoki, Travel Guide – Culture and Arts

The picturesque city of Seinajoki has a rich cultural life housing numerous art exhibitions, theater plays and photography symposiums all year round. Most events take place in the city’s cultural center designed by Alvar Aalto, a local famous architect, comprising several buildings, unique in Finland, all for cultural and artistic purposes.

The city enchants its inhabitants and visitors with wonderful performances held by the Seinajoki City Thatre and summer theatres, photography and sculpture exhibitions held in the numerous art galleries such as Gallery Varikkogalleria or the Seinajoki Art Gallery.

Seinajoki is also known as an important educational centre, the city housing the Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences and the Consortium of Seinajoki, both well known in Finland for their high level of expertise.

Seinajoki, Travel Guide – Transport

Seinajoki is strategically located at the meeting point of several important railroads and motorways, important elements in the city’s continuous development. There is a local airport in the city, the Seinajoki Airport, connecting this provincial Finnish city with the rest of the world.

Within the city you can travel by bus, taxi or you can rent a car from one of the local companies.

Seinajoki, Travel Guide – Accommodation

In order to visit as much as possible of Seinajoki you should accommodate near the centre of the city. In this case a good option would be the Cumulus Seinajoki Hotel, offering good accommodation in clean rooms, nice restaurant, friendly, English speaking staff and of course traditional Finnish sauna. The hotel also accepts pets and does not charge additional taxes for children under eleven years old.

Travelers visiting Seinajoki during the local festivals also accommodate in the camping site available at only 800m away from the city center, offering good prices and basic facilities.

Seinajoki, Travel Guide – Festivals

Seinajoki is a city with a busy event calendar all year round, where locals and visitors are welcomed at numerous festivities, exhibitions and fairs.

The most important events here are the Tango Festival, gathering almost 100.000 people in every July, the Vauhtiajot Race & Rock Festival, the Miljoonarock Festival and Provinssirock, a famous rock festival, all held in the summer months.

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