Starting Points for Trails

Map of Kvarken Archipelago@Metsähallitus

Nature Trails That Are Accessible by Land
 

The Bodvattnet runt Trail, 4-km circular trail

Hiking A demanding wheelchair route Campfire place Toilet Toilet for the disabled Nature observation tower Birdwatching Parking

Estimated time to walk is about 1,5 h in summer.
 

Easy for beginners, families and groups. With wheelchair and baby carriages it is possible to go from Svedjehamn's parking area to the observation tower (about 800 m) and to Bodback's old harbour (about 1,3 km). 

 

Bodvattnet runt trail. Photo: Tuija Warén

Starting Point
Parking area at the Svedjehamn fishing harbour.
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 21.5687' lon: 21° 18.0069' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 70412731 E: 3215180

Hiking Structures
Tables and benches, campfire sites, composting toilets (also for the disabled), an observation tower, information boards (including maps) in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Take firewood with you from firewoodshed near observation tower to the campfire site about 80 m from the observation tower. On Långgrunds campfire site there are firewood supply.

Saltkaret-observation tower. Photo: Fabiola de Graaf.

To see
Walk along the land uplift shores, pass the bays that are closing up from the sea and roam in the birch forests that are used for grazing. Along the trail, you will see Bodback, which is the former fishing harbour of the village of Björkö. Today, Bodback is a museum site that boasts many boathouses and boat docks. During the summer, the seaside meadows are managed by grazing Highland cattle. Along the trail, you will see Saltkaret, an observation tower, from where gorgeous views open out over the area.

 

Bodvattnet Nature Trail. Photo: Tuija Warén

Route Description
The trail is signposted and marked with blue paint marks.

Please Note
Trail section between Svedjehamn and Bodback is also suitable for the disabled when accompanied by an assistant.
There are unsound duckboards which are going to be removed during the summer and replaced with gravel.Due to this, rubber boots or similar footwear is highly recommended in this part of the trail.
Take firewood with you from firewoodshed near observation tower to the campfire site about 80 m from the observation tower.
Note that there are lots of mosquitoes in June and July. Protect yourself with clothing and/or mosquito repellent.

Bodvattnet runt map.(julkaisut.metsa.fi) 



 

Sommarö Nature Trail, circular trails of 1.5 km/2.4 km, or 7 km in one direction

Hiking Walk on a nature trail Campfire place Toilet Lean-to shelter Parking

Estimated time to walk is about 1-2 h in summer.

Easy for beginners, families and groups.

 

Sommarö Nature Trail. Photo:Tuija Warén

Starting Point
Parking area in the yard of the Sommarö guardhouse.
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 09.8081' lon: 21° 18.2846' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7019468 E: 3213471

Hiking Structures
two campfire sites and dry toilets, tables and benches; a lean-to shelter (in public use) in the yard of the Sommarö guardhouse. An information board (including maps) at each end of the trail and five information boards along the trail. The information boards are in Finnish, Swedish and English.  

To see
In 1940-2000, the area was used as an army depot and as a fort for the coastal artillery. The Finnish Defence Forces left behind a network of roads and paths, foundations of demolished buildings, a pier, foundations for artillery pieces and bullet chambers. There is a memorial for the coastal artillery fort in the area. Only one residential building, as well as a guardhouse and its outbuildings, remain in the area. Along the longer trail, you will see a geologically fascinating giant's kettle, as well as cultural landscape (including stone fences).  

Trail Markings
The trail is signposted and marked with orange (1,5,/2,4 km) and blue (7 km) paint marks.

Sommarös naturetrail. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Please Note
The shorter route is excellent for families with children, however, not with a pram.

In the pond along the nature trail, nests Whooper Swan. Photo: Tuija Warén.

​Sommarö Nature trail map. (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Risö Nature Trail, 4.9 km

Hiking Campfire place  Toilet Nature observation tower Birdwatching Parking  

Estimated time to walk is about 1-2 h in summer.
Easy for beginners, families and groups. Duckboard trail to bird watching tower.

 

View from Risö birdwathing tower. Photo: Tuija Warén

Starting Point
Parking area at the end of Ampujatie Road.
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 03.7663' lon: 21° 41.9537'ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7003634 E: 232305

Hiking Structures
Risö birdwatching tower, birdwatching platform, campfire site and a dry toilet. NOTE! No wood supply. Bring your own wood if you want to make a fire. There is a map of the area in the parking area.

To see
There are great views opening out from the Ryövärinkari birdwatching tower to the Eteläinen Kaupunginselkä bay (the southern city bay) and excellent opportunities to observe the birds in the area. There is also a lower birdwatching platform by the mouth of River Tuovilanjoki. At the time of the spring and autumn migrations, hundreds of geese, swans, waders and thousands of waterfowls use the area as a resting and feeding place.

Trail Markings
Trail is signposted.
The nature trail runs along an easy sandy road, along which you can also cycle. After a walking distance of about 800 metres, you will see a signpost to the Risö birdwatching tower. This smaller trail continues as a duckboard trail (350 m) across a reed-bed area. You will get to the birdwatching platform that is located by the mouth of River Tuovilanjoki by walking to the end of the sandy road and by continuing onto a more narrow trail that runs parallel to the shore. The platform is right by the mouth of River Tuovilansuu.

Please Note
The trail that turns to the birdwatching tower is wet in rainy weather, in particular, and during the time of high water, the duckboards may be partly under water.
Note that there are lots of mosquitoes in June and July. Protect yourself with clothing and/or mosquito repellent.

Kikanberget Nature Trail, 0.8 km back and forth

Walk on a nature trail  Sights and scenery Observation tower   

Estimated time to walk is about 1h in summer. 
Mainly easy, climb to the rock a bit more demanding. The staircase to the observation tower is steep.

Kikanberget Nature Trail. Photo: Tuija Warén

Starting Point
Café next to the Klobbskat harbour.
Coordinates:Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 18.2621' lon: 21° 05.5286' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7033144 E: 204185

Hiking Structures
A ten-meter-high observation tower, information boards, including maps in Finnish, Swedish and English.

To see
geology, vegetation and animals of the land uplift shores, an observation point on the rock, foundations of former fishing huts, boat docks and piles of stones in which net-drying poles used to stand in the past.

From the obervation tower you can spot the Kvarken's beautiful natural heritage from a total height of 25 meters. With the naked eye, the lighthouses are distinguished at Norrskär, Utgrynnan and Valsörarna.  In the spring and autumn, the observation tower is a good place for bird watching.

Trail Markings
Trail is signposted

     

Öjen Nature Trail, 4.5 km circular trail

Hiking Walk on a nature trail Campfire place Toilet Parking                            

Estimated time to walk is about 2,5 h in summer
Easy for beginners, families and groups.

Öjen Nature Trail. Photo: Tuija Warén

Starting Point
Parking area that is located by the road running from Vaasa to Sundom.
Coordinaates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 04.1704' lon: 21° 34.4469' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7007846  E: 3226122

Hiking Structures
At the campfire site, there are benches, firewood, an axe and a dry toilet.

To see
In Öjen you can find varying habitats from lush groves to barren pinewoods. The oldest trees are nearly 200 years old and many decades have passed since the last logging.Along the trail there are information signs with interesting facts about the nature, medicinal plants and folk tales of the area.

Trail Markings
Trail is signposted.

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Björkö-Panike Hiking Trail on the mainland side, 3.4 km in one direction

Hiking A demanding wheelchair route Campfire place Cooking shelter Toilet Toilet for the disabled Nature observation tower Birdwatching Parking                                 

Estimated time to walk is about 3 h in summer.
Easy route, however, one crossing of the sheepfence and somewhat rocky.

Björkö-Panike Hiking Trail. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Starting Point
Parking area in the Svedjehamn fishing harbour.
Coordinaates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 21. 5709 ' lon: 21° 18.0090' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7041276 E: 3215182

Hiking Structures
Tables and benches, two campfire sites, a campfire shelter, composting toilets (also for the disabled), two piers, information boards (including maps) in Finnish, Swedish and English.

A campfire shelter, Björkö-Panike Nature Trail. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Take firewood with you from firewoodshed near observation tower to the campfire site about 80 m from the observation tower. On Långgrunds campfire site there are firewood supply.

Björkö-Panike Hiking Trail. Photo:Tuija Warén.

Saltkaret observation tower. Photo: Tuija Warén.To see
Walk along the land uplift shores, pass the bays that are closing up from the sea, cross straits and roam in the birch forests that are used for grazing. At the beginning of the trail, Saltkaret, which is a 23-metre-high observation tower, offers you gorgeous views over the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage site.

 

 

 

Views from Saltkaret observation tower. Photo: Tuija Warén.

 

Trail Markings
Trail is signposted.  

Please Note
A sheep fence must be crossed along the trail.   
Note that there are lots of mosquitoes in June and July. Protect yourself with clothing and/or mosquito repellent.

Björkö-Panike Hiking Trail map (julkaisut.metsa.fi) 

 

Västerö Hiking Trail, 4.6 km, 6 km or 14 km

Hiking  Campfire place Toilet  Parking

Estimated time to walk is about 3 -5 h in summer.
Rather demanding route.

Västerö Nature Trail. Photo: Tuija Warén

Starting Point
Parking areas by Söderskatavägen and Equityvägen at Västerö. You can choose a longer or a shorter option.

Coordinaates
Parking area by Söderskatavägen
Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 20. 2521 ' lon: 21° 57.6175' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7036063 E: 3247942  
Parking area by Equityvägen Coordinaates:
Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 21. 3112' lon: 21° 58.3042' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7037981 E: 3248668

Hiking Structures
Campfire sites and resting spots, dry toilets, two huts to be used as rest spots (they are not meant for overnight stays). A map for the area is found in the parking area. There are also maps along the trail. The information boards are in Finnish, Swedish and English. NOTE! No wood supply. Bring your own wood if you want to make a fire.

Resting spot at Söderskata. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Resting spot at Söderskata. Photo: Tuja Warén.

To see
A memorial for the Equity (a ship that carried weapons in the olden days), the cliffs of Ryssberget, the old land uplift forests, bays, flads and seashores.

Memorial for the Equity. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Pineforest and view to the Mickelsörarna on the horizon. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Trail Markings
Trail is signposted.

Please Note
Note that there are lots of mosquitoes in June and July. Protect yourself with clothing and/or mosquito repellent.

 

Nature Trails available only by boat
 

Mickelsörarna Nature Trail on Kummelskär, 1km/1.5 km, a circular trail

Hiking Walk on a nature trail Campfire place Toilet Lean-to shelter

Estimated time to walk is about 1,5 h in summer.  
Rather demanding route.

Mickelsörarna Nature Trail. Photo: Tuija Warén

Starting Point 
Yard of the Mickelsörarna Nature Station. 
Coordinaates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 27. 6243 ' lon: 21° 46.3972' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7047522 E: 239649 

Yard of the Mickelsörarna Nature Station. Photo:Tuija Warén.

Hiking Structures
A lean-to shelter, a campfire site, a composting toilet, a pier, information boards including maps in Finnish, Swedish and English, a reservation-only sauna, the nature station's tower, accommodation for groups in summer.

To see
Geology, vegetation and animals of the land uplift shores, foundations of old fishing huts and boat docks from the 16th century. There is a great view over the area from the nature station's tower.

Old fishing hut. Photo:Tuija Warén.

Trail Markings
Trail is signposted.

Please Note
In rainy weather, the rocky parts of the trail are slippery.

 

Molpehällorna Nature Trail 1km/2 km/3 km circular trail 

Hiking Walk on a nature trail Campfire place  Toilet

Estimated time to walk is about 1,5 h in summer.
Rather demanding route. 

Molpehällorna Nature Trail. Photo: Tuija Warén

Starting Point
The yard of the Molpe Nature Station.
Coordinaates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 62° 53. 5349 ' lon: 21° 05.4567' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 6990306 E: 3199951

Hiking Structures
Acampfire site, a composting toilet, a pier, information boards (including maps) in Finnish, Swedish and English, a reservation-only sauna, the nature station's tower, a lookout platform.

To see
Geology, vegetation and animals of the land uplift shores, the reconstruction of the Molpehällorna "vippbåk" beacon (which is a memorial for the first beacon in the Gulf of Bothnia). There is a great view over the area from the nature station's tower. 

Molpehällorna "vippbåk" beacon. Photo:Tuija Warén.

Trail Markings
Trail is signposted.

Please Note
In rainy weather, the rocky parts of the trail are slippery.

 

Valsörarna Nature Trail, 3 km in one direction

Hiking Walk on a nature trail Campfire place Toilet

Estimated time to walk is about 3 h in summer.  
Rather demanding route.

Valsörarna Nature Trail. Photo: Johan Hagström.

Starting Point
Pier in the nothern side of the island.

Coordinaates:
Pier in the nothern side of the island:
Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 27. 6243 ' lon: 21° 46.3972' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7047522 E: 239649
A pier in the southern side of the island:
Coordinaates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 27. 6243 ' lon: 21° 46.3972' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7047522 E: 239649

Hiking Structures
A campfire site, composting toilets, two piers, a platform for sitting, information boards, including maps in Finnish, Swedish and English. NOTE! No wood supply. Bring your own wood if you want to make a fire.

To see
Geology, vegetation and animals of the land uplift shores, a memorial for Russian soldiers, the lighthouse and the lighthouse keepers' buildings, the biological station of the nature society entitled Ostrobothnia Australis.

Valsörarna lighthouse. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Ostrobothnia australis rf.´s cottage. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Trail markings
The trail is signposted and marked with white squares.

A bridge of stones between Ebbskär and Storskär at Valsörarna. Photo: Johan Hagström.

Please Note
In rainy weather, the rocky parts of the trail are slippery. 

 

   

 

Björkö-Panike Hiking Trail, the archipelago part, 8.6 km in one direction

Hiking Campfire place Toilet Lean to shelter

Estimated time to walk is about 3-4 h in summer.
Rather demanding route.

Björkö-Panike Nature Trail. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Starting Point 
Parking area in the Panike small boat harbour or the parking area in the Svedjehamn fishing harbour. From there, continue by boat to the hiking trail's archipelago part. 

Coordinates:
Stora Segelsören:
Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 21. 5405 ' lon: 21° 14.1221' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7038560 E: 211890
Rotörskatan:
Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 63° 19. 5630 ' lon: 21° 09.4536' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7035252 E: 207674

Hiking Structures
Tables and benches, a lean-to shelter, a campfire site, a composting toilet, a canoe pier, two piers, information boards (including maps) in Finnish, Swedish and English in the parking areas, close to the pier moorings and along the trail.

A campfire site along the Björkö- Panike Nature Trail. Photo: Tuija Warén.

To see
Walk along the land uplift shores, pass the bays that are closing up from the sea, cross straits and roam in the birch forests that are used for grazing.  

Trail markings
Trail is signposted.

Please Note
Along the trail, there is a low bridge and a sheep fence to be crossed.
The duckboards along the insular part of the Björkö-Panike hiking trail are going to be removed completely. Due to this, rubber boots or similar footwear is highly recommended in this part of the trail.

A low bridge between Stora Segelsören and Slåttskär. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Customer Service

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, customer service: tel. int. +358 50 346 6200

info(at)merenkurkku.fi

Destination Brochure

Pdf-file 8.5 MB (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Parking Areas

Svedjehamn fishing harbour, parking area

  • Björköntie 1008, 65870 Björköby 

No winter maintenance.

Sommarö guardhouse, parking area

  • Sommaröntie, 65930 Södra Vallgrund

More precise parking area address is not available.
Open all year round.

At the end of Ampujatie Road, parking area

  • Ampujantie 65100 Vaasa

More precise parking area address is not available.
No winter maintenance.

The café next to the Klobbskat harbour

  • Klobbskatintie 170, Söderudden

Open all year round.

Parking area by the road running from Vaasa to Sundom

  • Myrgrundintie 160, 65410, Sundom

Open all year round.

Parking areas by Söderskatavägen and Equityvägen at Västerö

  • At the end of Söderskatavägen, parking area, not exact address, 66910 Soklot

Sanduddsvägen not exact address, 66910 Soklot.
No winter maintenance.

The yard of the Mickelsörarna Nature Station

  • The nearest harbour with a parking area is Köklotvägen 1208, 65760 Iskmo 

No winter maintenance.

The yard of the Molpe Nature Station

  • The nearest harbour with a parking area is Hamnvägen, 66210 Molpe 

No winter maintenance.

The pier in the nothern side of Valsörarna

  • The nearest harbour with a parking area is Björkövägen 1008, 65870 Björköby 

No winter maintenance 

  • or Klobbskatsvägen 170, 65970 Söderudden

The parking area is available in winter, but there may be delays in ploughing.

Parking area in the Panike small boat harbour 

  • Panikentie 520, 65970 Söderudden 

No winter maintenance.

ilmatieteenlaitos.fiCheck for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Suggested Trips

 

Suggestions for Winter
Half a Day: Visit The Terranova exhibition, Ostrobothnian museum

Suggestions for Spring  
Half a Day: Bird watching excursion along the nature trail Bodvattnet runt (4 km).

Suggestions for Summer
Half a Day: Admire the view of the world heritage site from the Saltkaret view tower (2 km).
1 Day: Archipelago excursion to Valsörarna (3 km).

Suggestions for Autumn
Half a Day: Pick mushrooms along the Sommarö nature trail (4 km).