Directions to Kvarken Archipelago
Kvarken Archipelago is located between the town of Vaasa in Finland and the town of Umeå in Sweden. On the Finnish side, the islands of Kvarken belong to six municipalities. The protected areas on Kvarken are mostly located in the outer archipelago, but there are also some on the islands near the mainland, connected by bridges, or even on the mainland, near the town centre of Vaasa.
By bus to the Kvarken
There are good public transport connections to Vaasa by bus (matkahuolto.fi). From Vaasa youcan take buses to Raippaluoto, Södra Vallgrund, Panike and Björköby in Mustasaari and to Bergö in Maalahti on weekdays.
By train to the Kvarken
Vaasa has good train connections (vr.fi).
By car to the Kvarken
The Svedjehamn fishing harbour parking area, Björköntie 1008, 65870 Björköby.
The parking area is smaller during winter maintenance. Parking charge.
Sommarö nature trail parking area, Sommaröntie, 65930 Södra Vallgrund
No exact address. Used throughout the year.
Ampunjantie parking area in Risö, Ampujantie 65100 Vaasa, no exact address.
No winter maintenance.
Öjen parking area by the road from Vaasa to Sundom, Myrgrundintie 160, 65410, Sundom. Used throughout the year.
Klobbskat harbour parking area, Klobbskatintie 170, Söderudden. Used throughout the year.
Söderskatantie parking area in Västerö, at the end of the Söderskatantie, parking area at the end of the right-turning small road, no exact address, 66910 Sokaluoto. No winter maintenance.
The Equity parking area in Västerö, Sanduddintie, no exact address, 66910 Sokaluoto.
No winter maintenance.
Panike small boat harbor parking area, Panikentie 520, 65970 Söderudden. No winter maintenance.
Köklot fishing harbour parking area, Köklotintie 1208, 65760 Iskmo. No winter maintenance
Bredskäret fishing harbour parking area, Hamnvägen, 66210 Molpe. No winter maintenance.
By boat to the Kvarken
- Ship connection to the Kvarken (wasaline.com) from Umea in Sweden to Vaasa operates all year round.
- It is easy to access the area with your own boat. Suitable places for launching canoes and boats include: Svedjehamn fishing harbour in Björköby, Klobbskat fishing harbour in Söderudden, Bredskäret fishing harbour in Molpe, and Ytterbåda fishing harbour in Bergö.
- Boat transport services in the Kvarken Archipelago are provided by our partner operators.
Archipelago without your own boat at summer 2022
(Uppdated 14.6. 2022)
Archipelago destinations in southern Finland are as good as seaside holidays get, far from the hustle and bustle of cities. If you have not yet experienced the laid-back summer breeze or wonderful nature of the archipelago, its national parks offer many easy day trips and even overnight visits.
Metsähallitus's partner companies take you to different locations in the archipelago on water buses, boats and cruises. Some destinations are serviced by free state-owned ferries.