Vaasan Marssi

Note! The data will be updated in May 2021 if necessary.

Walking is arranged on marked routes with service at resting places (drinks and snacks).

Persons eligible to wear uniform are invited and encouraged to do so when participating in our event.

All participate at their own risk.

On Friday you can choose from four different routes. The first two (10 km and 20 km) go to the island area, which is a nature object on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage. The terrain is fairly difficult in some places, see picture. Registration not later than 27.7. The trip starts early in the morning from the Town hall (you will get your starting time when signing up in Rewell Center on Thursday night at the latest). The guides, the bus tour and a traditional island meal (fishsoup) are included in the fee. The other routes on Friday, 10 km and 21 km, start 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m. from the Market Place.


On Saturday and Sunday you can choose between four different routes, 10 km, 21 km, 30 km and 42 km, which all start from the Market Place. The routes start at 7:00 – 8:00 (30 km and 42 km) and at 8:00 – 10:00 (10 km and 21 km). 


It is highly recommended that you register in advance, see ‘Entry’. Registration at Rewell Center (1st floor) by the Market Place; open before the event on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10.30 p.m., on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 11. Pick up your walking pass and instructions at the registration desk during opening hours or at the starting point when the registration desk is closed.

The opening festival

The opening festival takes place on Thursday. Our flag parade starts at 5:40 p.m. from ‘Kasarminkatu’street close to the orthodox church. Everyone is welcome to join the parade. Thursday night is also the ’Nights of Arts’ and there is much to watch and experience.

The finish

The finish is at the canteen with refreshments and programme each day for both walkers and spectators. Medals and diplomas are handed to walkers on Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

Vaasan Marssi map

The walking event Vaasan Marssi has been confirmed as the Finnish representative in the International Walking Association (IML). Vaasan Marssi has been granted both IML- and IVV-status, which means that walkers can acquire a walking passport and start collecting stamps from different walking events (cf. www.imlwalking.org and www.ivv-web.org).

A three day walk in Vaasan Marssi entitles to a stamp in the IML-passport. You must walk at least 20 km each day during the event (10 km if you are 70 years or older). Vaasan Marssi has its own unique medal that depicts the land uplift of the Ostrobothnian coast. To get the medal you will have to walk at least 20 km each day during the event (10 km if you are 70 years or older or a child under 10 years). When you participate for the second, third, fourth etc. time you get a corresponding number to attach to the ribbon of the medal. An adult walking with a child under 10 years of age or with a handicapped person is entitled to receive an IML stamp and a Vaasan Marssi medal or number even when the distance per day has been only 10 km.

Every participant is also entitled to a diploma from Vaasan Marssi.


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