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To the Archipelago without your own boat

6/21/18

The rocky shore of Björkö island. Picture: Laura Lehtonen

From Pärnäinen to

Berghamn which belongs partly to the Archipelago National Park. Enjoy the traditional scenery of archipelago and Västerby fishing estate. Get familiar with past and present fisherman's life.
m/s Cheri or m/s Myrskylintu 1.4.-31.10.2018 ferryway.fi
additional information: Berghamn
 
Nötö, Aspö, Jurmo and Utö. The austere nature of these islands offer visitors unforgettable experiences. Utö is the southernmost island with year-round habitation in Finland.
m/s Eivor 1.6.-6.8.2018 meritie.fi. If booked in advance m/s Eivor will also stop at Berghamn on Fridays and Sundays
 
 
From Kasnäs to
 
Örö which showcases the history of Finland's coastal defence, from the days of Tsarist Russia until the present day. The island is also a home to invaluable scorched heathlands and sandy beaches that have remained virtually untouched for over 100 years, during which time the island has been a closed fortress.
m/s Norrskär 1.6.-2.9.2018 vitharun.fi
m/s Sissel tai m/s Minandra 25.6.-12.8.2018 wilsoncharter.fi
additional information: visitor.fi, Örö
 
Högsåra, an idyllic and scenic island which has beautiful beaches.
every day with a ferry 1.1.-31.12.2018 finferries.fi
you can overnight for example in the Sandvik beach which belongs to the Archipelago National Park
 
Hiittinen to admire its old wooden church and the only known Finnish runestone.
every day with a ferry 1.1.-31.12.2018 finferries.fi
 
Bengtskär where is the tallest lighthouse of the Nordic countries. After 252 steps you are rewarded with a breathtaking view.
m/s Sissel or m/s Minandra 2.6-26.8.2018 every day at 11:00 am from Kasnäs harbour wilsoncharter.fi
 
Holma. The island offers two nature trails, which features nature of Archipelago National Park and traditional landscapes.
m/s Stella 2.6.-12.8.2018 kuljetus-savolainen.fi
 
 
From Korpoström to
 
For different tours with a local guide to the islands of Aspö, Nötö, Bodö and Vänö and the islands of Björkö and Örö which belong partly to the Archipelago National Park. Most trips have planned meals and breaks.
m/s Amanda 24.5.-7.8.2018 aspocharter.com
 
Stora Hästös fairytalelike, however austere, scenery and its two nature paths one of which is underwater. 
guided tours with the Postboat during open waters, booking in advance skargardscentrum.fi
 
To the rocky island of Konungskär where the famous Finnish Marshal Carl Gustaf Mannerheim also visited the hut in September 1926.
guided tours with the Postboat during open waters, booking in advance skargardscentrum.fi
 
 
The island of Seili has a gloomy past as a remote place of confinement for lepers and a mental asylum. Those exiled to the island brought along the planks for their coffin and never returned to the outside world. Today, visitors can admire the Museum Church of Seili and enjoy the charming island views.
m/s Fanny  Turku - Seili - Nauvo every day 8.6.-2.9.2018 visitseili.fi
m/s Östern  Hanka - Seili - Nauvo every day 18.5.-2.9.2018 ostern.fi
m/s Falkö Northern route of Nauvo 18.5.-2.9.2018 finferries.fi
additional information: visitseili.fi, Seili
 

National Park Bringing New Feeling of Optimism to Hossa

by Fran Weaver, August 2017

Lenny Daly of the local firm Hossan Lumo feels that the new Hossa National Park provides ideal settings for the trendy outdoor activity of SUP-boarding. The Daly family's dog Vicky is also on board. Photo: Maija Daly, Hossan Lumo

The opening in June 2017 of Finland's 40th national park at Hossa, to mark the centenary of the Finland's independence, has been a great boost for local entrepreneurs offering services related to nature tourism and outdoor recreation. New jobs and income are very welcome in this part of Finland's north-eastern borderlands, between the towns of Kuusamo and Suomussalmi.

The clear waters and sandy shores of Hossa National Park are particularly popular among paddlers. Visitors can rent kayaks from local firms or join guided paddling tours to discover the park's highlights. Photo: Hannu Huttu / Metsähallitus

Local firms are already providing a wider range of services for increasing numbers of visitors with different interests. The small family firm Hossan Lumo, run by locally born Maija Daly and her Irish husband Lenny Daly, rents out equipment including fat tyre mountain bikes, kayaks and SUP-boards, while also offering cosy cabin accommodation and lovely lakeside locations for tents and caravans.

Lenny Daly feels that Hossa provides ideal settings for many popular outdoor pursuits. "Hossa's clear blue lakes are great for paddling, and Finland is now also catching on to the international boom in SUP-boarding," he says. "The trails along Hossa's sandy ridges are likewise ideal for mountain biking or hiking." 

Hossa Reindeer Park gives visitors to the nearby national park a chance to get up close to reindeer. Raili Karvonen brings tasty snacks out to some of the park's residents. Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Maija Daly believes that especially for foreign visitors, Hossa's new status as a national park makes it much more attractive than its previous designation as a hiking area. 

"There's a new feeling of optimism as interest in Hossa increases, and people are getting keen to branch out and start new businesses and activities."  

Joga instructor, wilderness guide Saija Taivalmäki is one of the new entrepeuneurs working in Hossa National Park. Photo: Raili Takolander

National parks, national hiking areas and other protected areas provide the visitors with unforgettable moments, best sceneries and hiking and skiing facilities. Read more about the self-guided tours.

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