There is more to see and marvel at in Ikaalinen than you can count on the fingers of both hands. The smallest market town in the country has bloomed into a town of great experiences.
Wanha Kauppala, founded by the Emperor Alexander II in 1858, has been called Finland's oldest, smallest and most beautiful market town. Its valuable, old building stock has been preserved reasonably well. Leafy hardwood boulevards and parks tempt you to take a trip along the alleys of the Kauppala. A guided walking tour in historical locations is an unforgettable summer experience.
Ikaalinen Church (Fredrika Sofia’s Church), functioning as a road church in the summer, was inaugurated in 1801. The wooden cruciform church is an imposing sight. The robust belfry accompanying the church was built a little later in 1861.
Rahkola, built circa 1832, has witnessed a great deal during its time. The handsome building has been, among other things, an inn and a courthouse. Rahkola is an example of the beautiful Empire style, with clear lines, and the National Board of Antiquities has agreed on its value as a whole.
The architectonically valuable community and banquet hall Oma Tupa was built from 1919 to 1924. Oma Tupa has housed, for example, a maternity and child welfare clinic, a hostel and the Lotta Svärd café. Currently the house is a versatile community hall where banquets, meetings, exhibitions and performances are organised.
Ikaalinen Spa is the largest Nordic multifunctional spa with fun activities for every day of your holiday. The bubbles and whirls of Water Tropic provide visitors of all ages with fun and entertainment, and the children’s Waterworld is busy with the sound of happy splashing from morning to evening. The introduction of leisure activities and diverse wellness and exercise services has turned Ikaalinen Spa into a holistic centre of wellness.
The history of Kauppila Farm dates back to the 16th century. Nowadays Kauppila Farm is a full-service tourism centre and high quality holiday, feast and meeting place.
The Nalle Family lives in an old log house by Lake Kyrösjärvi. Time flies in Ti-Ti Nalle’s house when playing, singing and dancing. Bring your friends along and have a great time!
Wiljamin Tuuli is an artist’s house built rock by rock, which is located by Lake Kyrösjärvi on a beautiful rocky shore. The construction technique, materials and realisation of the house are unique.
Ikaalinen contains many interesting villages with a lot to see and experience. Take a tour of the fascinating villages, the traditional milieus and valuable cultural environments, which are bordered by Lake Kyrösjärvi with its bays.
Ikaalinen’s beautiful countryside is a sight for sore eyes and soothes the soul of a busy city dweller. There is space and time to relax in Ikaalinen. The region’s largest lake and the blue heart of Ikaalinen, Lake Kyrösjärvi, is a sight in itself.
Wilderness-oriented individuals like to head out to the national parks of Seitseminen and Helvetinjärvi. Both are suitable for daytrips and hikes lasting a few days both in the summer and winter. The landscape of Seitseminen consists of moor forests, backwoods hollows, marshes and open poor fens. Helvetinjärvi’s main attractions are deep gorges, lakes with steep shores, small forest ponds and wild forest landscapes.
Ikaalinen Local History Museum was founded in August 1967. The base of the museum’s collection consists of around 3 400 catalogued artefacts, all of which the museum has received as donations. The artefacts are displayed in such fashion, that the visitor can easily study them and focus on a certain theme of the collection in one space.