Varkaus is a town in North Savonia.
Varkaus is an industrial town with about 23,000 inhabitants, best known for its paper factories. The name of the town translates to "theft" in modern Finnish, but it's more likely that town originally got its name from the old Finnish word for strait.
By carHighway 5, one of the major roads between southern and northern Finland, passes through Varkaus. The distance from Helsinki is a little more than 300 km.
By trainTrains between Pieksämäki and Joensuu stop in Varkaus.
By busVarkaus is at the crossroads of highways 5 and 23. Buses between Helsinki to Kuopio, among others, stop in Varkaus.
By planeThere are no longer any scheduled flights to Varkaus airport. The closest airports with regular passenger traffic are in Kuopio, Jyväskylä, Joensuu and Savonlinna. All of these entail at least an hour on the road, and only have flights from Helsinki anyway, so flying is not a practical alternative for getting in.
By boatVarkaus is situated on the shores of Lake Saimaa which is accessible from the sea via Saimaa Canal.
There are a few local bus lines operated by Kuopion Liikenne in the town center (map ) if you don't want to walk or drive.
phone: +358 10 2390 380address: Pelimanninkatu 8As the name reveals, it's a museum presenting mechanical music instruments, gramophones, jukeboxes and such.
Taipale canalFinland's first canal with guard locks, opened in 1840. Nowadays the boats use a wider canal, opened 30 years later, but the original one is still open as a museum.
Church of Varkausaddress: Savonkatu 1The main sight is the altar fresco – the largest in Northern Europe.
Festivals and events
address: Käpykankaantie 10All-you-can-eat lunch buffet (10AM-6PM), popular among truck drivers. Outside lunch hours they serve a la carte and different hamburgers and pizzas.
phone: +358 17 579 011address: Kauppatori 4
- Kuopio - the largest city in Northern Savonia is one hour away by car or bus.