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Modern World Heritage information and experiences in the World Heritage Site High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago


On January 1th, a new project, LYSTRA, was launched, which will bring more visitors to the World Heritage Site the High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago, a broader understanding of its values - and more knowledge how the site can be used in a more sustainable way. 

LYSTRA has three main goals: 

  • More visitors in the World Heritage Site High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago 
  • Increased understanding of world heritage values 
  • Improved knowledge base for sustainable use of the world heritage 

To achieve these goals, an interpretation plan will be developed for the World Heritage Site. In addition, several digital products are planned, such as a high resolution map, animations explaining why the site is included on the World Heritage List and a new detailed land uplift model. 

Kvarken Archipelago, High coast, Map

The High Coast coastal landscape and the lowland archipelago of Kvarken show in a outstanding way how t geological processes, ice ages, land uplift, sea ice and waves for thousands of years have shaped and still are shaping the landscape, plant- and wildlife and our entire environment. 

Kvarken, Bergö Archipelago. Photo: Tuija Warén

High Coast, Norrfallsviken. Photo: Tuija Warén

More information:

  • Kvarken Archipelago
  • LYSTRA project (www.merenkurkku.fi, in Finnish)
    • LAND:  Sverige, Finland 
    • Project lead partner:  Parks & Wildlife Finland 
    • Project partners:  Geological Survey of Finland the County of Västernorrland, City of Vaasa, Finnish Geodetic Institute, National Land Survey of Finland, Geological Survey of Sweden  
    • Projectbudget:  1 383 595 EUR 
    • Project duration:  01/2018–12/2020 
    • Co-Financed by the project partners and; Interreg Botnia Atlantica, Reginal Council of Ostrobothnia, County of Västernorrland, Länsstyrelsen i Västernorrland, Naturvårdsverket, Visit Vaasa, Kramfors, Örnsköldsvik, Världsarvet i Kvarken rf 

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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