Directions and Maps
Jurmo Island is located in the municipality of Pargas. Jurmo Island can only be reached by boat.
- Coordinates (WGS-84): 59° 49,6' 21° 35,2'
- Nautical chart series: D
- Nautical chart: 715, 24
By Public Transportation
- There are ferry services to Jurmo: from Pärnäinen Eivor ferry (www.ely-keskus.fi).
In the summer, local tourism businesses organise boating trips for groups from Nagu and Kasnäs, Kimitoön, to Jurmo. For more information, (www.suomensaaristovaraus.fi).
Jurmo Nature Information Hut
- The nature information hut, built in 1999, houses an exhibition on the history and nature of Jurmo Island.
- Hut is open year-round and it is free-of-charge.
- There is no staff at the nature information hut.
The Excursion Harbour
- Harbour number: 802
- Depth: 1,0 - 2,5 m
- Buoys, anchor
- There are several walking trails on the island. The tips of the island belong to the national park. The western part may not be accessed at bird nesting time, from 1 April to 31 July.
- The camping and campfire site of the national park are located in the vicinity of a village harbour in Moringharu.
- Jurmo can also be explored in the company of local guides, Aino Mattsson or Agneta Andersson. For more information, please contact Aino Mattsson, tel. +358 (0)2 4647 137, or Agneta Andersson, tel. +358 (0)2 4647 166.
- In the harbour, there is fish on sale, a small shop and a café, water point and a toilet, as well as a recycling point maintained by the Keep the Archipelago Tidy association.
- Cottage accommodation can be inquired about from the locals.
- There are no special services in the island for the disabled.
Natural Features and History of Jurmo
Jurmo Island is the last above-ground part of the Salpausselkä ridge system, which traverses Finland. It is a nearly treeless moraine heath, an island of fairy tales and pirate stories. The wide heather heaths and their rocky shores are an ideal habitat for many rare sea birds. During the spring and autumn migrations, Jurmo is one of the best places for bird-watching in the Archipelago. The island also has an ornithological station maintained by the Ornithological Society of Turku (tly.yhdistysavain.info, in Finnish).
The archeological remains of Jurmo are among the best-known attractions in the Archipelago. In the land register, the first entries on the village of Jurmo are from 1540. The island has four stone rings called ‘munkringar', i.e. ‘monk's rings'. The purpose of these rings is unknown, but they are thought to have been connected with grazing or to boat crews spending their nights on the island during seasonal fishing. Remains of buildings can also be seen on the island. These are considered to be the remains of chapels.
Other sights include an old windmill, the Jurmo graveyard and a chapel from 1846. Those interested in military history can find remains of a Russian airfield from the period of World War I. Old traditions and a traditional way of life have remained on the island, and the village of Jurmo continues to be inhabited all year round.