The island of Gåshällan was already an important base for fishermen and seal hunters in the 17th century. The southern tip of the island housed a coast guard station from 1950 to 1972, and there was a pilot station in the western part of Gåshällan between 1860 and 1986. 
The old coast guard station has been renovated and turned into the Gåshällan nature information station, which is available for rent. The nature information station and the old pilot station are maintained by the Solrutten- cooperative (solrutten.fi). 
An easy trail takes you from the Gåshällan nature information station to the former pilot station. 


Gåshällan Nature Station, Gåshällan, Närpiö coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat:  62° 34.317' lon: 21° 2.862' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 6952006 E: 194412

Connections and Maps

  • The closest harbour accessible by car is near Fagerö restaurang, Björkgrundsvägen 1, 64550 Rangsby. 
  • Topographic map (1:50 000) nr N324,
  • Topographic map (1:20 000) nr 1241 03 ja 1241 02,
  • Nautical chart series F (1:50 000)
  • Excursionmap.fi 

By boat





Nature trail

  • Gåshällan Nature trail has its starting point on the grounds of the nature  station.

Other services

  • Campfire site
  • Dry toilet 
  • Information boards
  • Benches and table
  • Rowing boat

Waste management


112 Emergency Number

If you have an emergency during your trip, such as getting lost, injured or finding a wildfire, call 112. Read more detailed emergency instructions.

Download the 112 Finland application (112.fi) to your phone. When an emergency call is made through the 112 Finland application, the emergency centre attendant is automatically informed of the caller's location.

It is recommended to keep the mobile phone warm and to bring extra food and water with you. There are many excursion locations with no mobile coverage and some mobile phones does not work in sub-zero temperatures, that is why it is always a good idea to let someone know about your itinerary and timetable.

Outdoor Etiquette

A cartoon picture of a family walking on a summer path.

1. Respect nature.

2. Mainly use marked trails.

3. Camp only where it is allowed.

4. Light your campfire only where it is allowed.

5. Do not litter.

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