Örö Fortress Island
Location: Western Finland, Southwestern Finland, municipality of Kemiönsaari/Kimitoön, Archipelago National Park
Visit: Landing was prohibited on the Örö island from 1915 until the end of 2014, and the island was opened for boaters and tourists in June 2015. Entrance is free but a quay rate will be charged for boats. Landing is only allowed via the guestharbour. There is a special landing place for canoes.
Sights and Activities: The island features 6-13 km of marked hiking trails and an exhibition introducing the history and nature of Örö. The island's remote location, by the open sea in the outer archipelago, gives the conditions and landscapes on the island a genuine maritime feel. Islanders used to allow cattle to graze on the island; this culture will be reintroduced in order to restore the heritage landscape. Excellent possibilities for birdwatching. Read more
Services: Örö has a chargeable camping site. Read more about services on the island. Entrepreneur on the island (visitoro.fi) provives a guest harbour, a café,a guide service, restaurant and accommodation services. Partners organise transport to the Örö fortress island and provide a guide service.
Suitability: Örö is an ideal destination for the entire family. Please note: The old defence structures are protected with wire fencing. There are no accessible services in Örö.
The area is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, Coastal and Metropolitan Area.
This is the web page nationalparks.fi/oro
Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, tel. +358 40 163 6200, info(at)haltia.com
Metsähallitus customer service spatial planners
Southeast Finland: Pekka Koponen, tel. +358 206394238
The Metropolitan area: Liisa Neuvonen, tel. +358 206394638
Western Uusimaa: Anne Muuri, tel. +358 206394708
Southwest Finland: Laura Lehtonen, tel.+358 206394659
Kvarken, Southern and Central Ostrobothnia: Tuija Warén, tel.+358 206395282
Satakunta: Marjo Kekki, tel.+358 206394266
Email address: first name.last name (at)metsa.fi