Vargis, Open Wilderness Hut

The hut has a colourful history both as a hunting hideout and as a base for smugglers during the prohibition period. The hut is very well suited as a base for canoe trips. It is situated by a channel that is suitable for canoes and small watercraft. The hut "Vargis" consists of a simple room in an old boathouse that has been renovated for accommodation purposes.

As in other open wilderness huts in Finland, it is allowed to stay overnight at Vargis open wilderness hut without any booking.

The end of the 12 km long Björköby-Panike hiking trail is close by. A boat is needed to cross the sounds in order to reach the trail.


Type and Size  

Open Wilderness Hut, 6-8 people, 1 room of 16 m2


Western Finland, Ostrobothnia, Korsholm,
Kvarken archipelago

Vargis, coordinates:
Euref-Fin (~ WGS84)
lat: 63° 19.1475' lon: 21° 10.4417'  
ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7034407 E: 208426


By car

To reach the hut, follow road no. 724 from Vaasa
towards Replot for 21 km. Continue 7.4 km west
from Replot along road no. 7242 to Norra
Vallgrund. Continue 20 km north along road 
no. 7245 all the way to Panike. Turn right after
the village of Panike to Kvicksund/
Vargisvägen. You will pass an unlocked gate
(remember to close the gate) and one side road 
on the left. Turn left to the second side road and
continue for 500 m to the hut's parking area
and walk the final 150 m to the hut. 

By public transportation

The village of Panike can be reached 
by bus ( from Vaasa
on weekdays. Walk for 1,2 km 
along the
Vargisvägen-road following the 
above until you reach the hut.

Topographic map (1:20 000) no. 1332 02 Panike,
Nautical chart series F (1:50 000)


There are bunks for 6-8 persons, thin camping
mattresses and a wood-heated stove. Notice
that it takes time before the hut is warm. 

At the yard, there is a dry toilet, a campfire site,
a woodshed and space for camping with a tent. 

There is no drinking water or waste management
at the hut. Please leave no litter or other traces
of your visit. Read more about Hiking Without Littering.


  • You need to bring drinking water with you
  • The hut is not equipped with lighting of any
    sort, so bring your own candles or storm lanterns
  • The unlocked gate at the beginning of the
    Vargisvägen-road must be kept closed at all times
  • Pets are allowed in the hut
  • See what kind of fishing licenses you need (
  • Safety on hiking

Maintenence and Management   

Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland 
Phone +358 (0)40 595 5114.


Guidelines on using Open Wilderness Hut

Read Guidelines on using Open Wilderness Hut.

A hand holding a mobile phone showing Open the map of Vargis Open Wilderness Hut in

Outdoor Etiquette

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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