Silversea Luxury Cruises A Kokkola

Located about half way between Helsinki and the Arctic Circle, in the Central Ostrobothnian region, Kokkola is a maritime town on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia. It was founded in 1620 by the Swedish King Gustaf II Adolf as a shipping port for the tar trade, a flourishing business in the 17th century. It also became an important shipbuilding centre. As a result, Kokkola was for a time the richest town in Finland. View more

The region is still a leader in the Finnish boat building industry, producing about 60% of the boats built in the country. Kokkola is a charming historical town with approximately 36,000 inhabitants. A portion of the city, Old Town, is one of the largest remaining wooden towns in Finland. Some of the buildings date back to the 17th century. During the Crimean War, British marines attempted to pillage the town, but were forced to retreat by the residents, armed with their hunting rifles. During the “Skirmish of Halkokari”, as it is named, the townspeople managed to capture one of the British gunboats and it can be seen today in English Park. Literally translated, Kokkola means both “The Place of Bonfire” and “The Place of the Eagle”. Until 1977, when several municipalities merged, the town was known by its Swedish name Gamlakarleby. There was a Swedish speaking majority here, until 1933, and today Kokkola is the northernmost part of bilingual Finland. 10,000 years ago, the area was covered completely with ice, over one half mile (one kilometre) in thickness. As the ice melted, the land underneath, relieved of its heavy burden, began to rise out of the water. The nearby 7 Bridges Archipelago, where the land is still emerging, offers wonderful, unspoiled nature and bright summer nights. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to dock at Kokkola Satama - Ykspihlaja. The distance to the centre of town is approximately 3.5 miles (5km), about an hour’s walk. Metered taxis are not available directly at the pier but can be found in the city’s centre. Shopping Kokkola has various specialty shops and many local factory outlets. Chydenia, built in 2006, offers many clothing and accessory shops and is the largest shopping centre in the area. Cuisine The cuisine of Finland is notable for the use of wholemeal products; rye, barley, oats and berries. Various turnips were common in traditional cooking, but were substituted by the potato after its introduction in the 18th century. Other Sites Kokkola Old Town The old wooden town of Kokkola is one of the largest remaining wooden towns in Finland. Some of the buildings date back to the 17th century. The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasants Museum Located approximately 7 miles (about 5 km) north of Kokkola, this outdoor museum illustrates life at the beginning of the 20th century. The animal park houses about 20 different species of Finnish farm animals. Private arrangements are not available in this port.

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