Ohtakari and Vattaja

Experience Finland’s largest sandy beaches – endless stretches of sand and sea views at Vattaja in Lohtaja, Kokkola. A road lined with beaches leads through the stunning dune area to the fishing village of Ohtakari.

The Vattaja dune area is one of the longest sandy beaches in the Nordic countries, stretching over 15 kilometers. These beaches are the widest in Finland, and the natural state offers something new to see each time. The seemingly endless sandy beach provides excellent opportunities for sunbathers, hikers, nature photographers, and bird watchers.

Ohtakari, an island and fishing village accessible via a road flanked by the sea on both sides. Ohtakari is a significant base for fishermen, and visitors can explore the region’s fishing history at the Ohtakari Fishing Museum. The island features an observation tower offering breathtaking views of the sea and the Vattaja dunes. On the island of Ohtakari you can find around 50 holiday cottages, a nature trail, a barbecue shelter, a guest marina, and a summer café. There are also rental spots for motorhomes and caravans.

The Vattaja area is partially used as a training ground by the Finnish Defense Forces, which may occasionally restrict access. However, the area is open year-round, but the best time to visit it is summer.

Ohtakarin rantaa hallitsevat punaiset kalastajamökit.