Fishing posts on the coast

With its 700 km long shoreline, Närpes is a genuine coastal region. Visitors should always make a trip to the archipelago. In the coastal villages there are old fishing posts, where visitors can admire beautiful, old fishing huts, the archipelago nature and of course the sea. In many places there are also local beaches, small summer kiosks and cafés and even an archipelago restaurant.

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Frank Mangs Center

The well known preacher and author Frank Mangs was active in Finland, Sweden, Norway and even the U.S.A, during the 20th century. He grew up in the small village of Ståbacka in southern Närpes. His home has now been transferred into an educational institute. The area encompasses Mangsgården, which is the old farmhouse where you can still find traces of Frank Mangs; Tröskhuset with a large auditorium and modern equipment for sound and movies, as well as kitchen and dining hall for 120 people and finally Elisgården with accommodation.

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Gåshällan Nature station

For those who want to admire the archipelago from the ocean, there is Gåshällan Nature station. The nature station, which has been restored from a former sea-watch station, is situated on a rocky island right by the ocean. The island has a very beautiful outer island nature with an abundant bird- and plant life. The forestry board rents the nature station to the association Naturstation Gåshällan rf, which offers accommodation-, meeting- and sauna services to groups, by reservation.

  • Gåshällan
  • Naturstation gåshällan
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Church stables

It happens sometimes that first time visitors to Närpes get a wide eye surprise when they go past the church right outside of the downtown core. Rows and rows of small, red, windowless buildings, app. 150 in total, can be seen there. These are the unique church stables. They were used in the old days for housing horses during the church service. The stables were built for the horses and the long protruding roofs were intended to offer protection for sleighs and buggies. 

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Närpes church

Närpes church is one of the medieval churches in Ostrobothnia and its oldest part was built in 1435. Up until the 1770's it was extended several times.

The altarpiece was painted by Swedish church painter Pehr Hörberg in 1803. The most unique item is the crucifix dating back to the 15th century. The pulpit is from the 1730's and six tombstones from the 17th century have been preserved inside the church.

The church stables, the clergy house and the rest of the buildings make this area unique and historically significant.

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The farm landscape

The farming landscape in Närpes is flat. This results from the ice age and the land uplift, which is very noticeable here. Wide open landscapes and vast fields as far as the eye can see are a reality here. The greenhouses that are well known in Närpes are also a part of the farming landscape. Tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables are grown year around, regardless of the cold and dark. Dotted throughout the landscape are the well tended farmhouses, painted in the characteristic red with white awnings.

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Pörtom local history museum

At Dahlbacken, about 3,5 kilometers north of the center of Pörtom, is Pörtom local history museum. There are many different buildings, such as Ahlholma manor with rare items from Berga Glassworks and Småttgården (a farmhouse from the 18th century) as well as artist Viktor Dahlbo’s studio and school museum. Art exhibitions and other events are often organized at the museum area in the summers.

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Pörtom church

The construction of the church in Pörtom started in 1781 and it was ready for consecration in September 1783. The bell tower was built in 1790, and the pulpit was made by Natanael Rönnlund in 1818.

During the 20th century several reconstructions and renovations were undertaken. The altarpiece painted by the vicar's daughter Toini Kallio in 1913 was taken into use. The old altarpiece is stored in the attic.

Several old objects can be found in this church: a crucifix made of oak tree, and a chandelier marked in 1762, from a preceding church in Pörtom.

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Stella Polaris

Operation Stella Polaris was a secret operation during World War II with the intention of moving sensitive intelligence material from Finland to Sweden so that it would not end up in the hands of the Soviets’. The base of the operation was in the little fishing village of Nämpnäs in Närpes, from where the archive was shipped to Swedish harbors. As a memorial, a rock has been raised on Österfjärdsvägen in Nämpnäs.   

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Öjskogsparken is an open-air museum with some 20 historic museum buildings. The main building, Bengtsgården, is an old 18th century farm house with a well preserved interior. Other buildings include Haga’s village store, the school house, the apothecary museum, the green house museum and other functional buildings, a drying house, a windmill and minor log-cabins. In the summer there is a guide in the park as well as many organized events. Guiding can be arranged according to agreement at other times. There is also the possibility to rent a restaurant hall.  

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Övermark local history and mail museum

Besides from visiting a farm house from the beginning of the 20th century as well as a windmill and other buildnings, you can also visit a mail expedition museum in Övermark. The first mail post between Vasa and Kristinestad was opened here, and many curios from that time have been preserved.

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Övermark church

The church in Övermark was built 1875-1878, because the parish had been granted independency from the parish of Närpes by the tsar in 1871.

According to the architect Theodor Granstedt the church ought to be painted yellow and the roof painted with tar and red paint, but the architect Krister Korpela gave the church a new look in 1967 by suggesting that the church should be painted in two different shades of purple with white corners and greyish blue ornaments.

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