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Welcome – enjoy your stay at the Kvarken Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Silence. Light. The wool-grey or sometimes crystalline glowing open sea. Stones that were here before us and will be here long after we're gone. The wind. Birds.
The Kvarken Archipelago is Finland's only nature site included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Together with the High Coast, it is a transboundary geological World Heritage Site. The Kvarken Archipelago and the High Coast are part of a worldwide community consisting of a total of 46 sea-related World Heritage Sites.
On our ruggedly beautiful shoals full of light, you can breathe easily. Let the sea breeze take your everyday worries with it out into the vast sea. Enjoy yourself, here and now. All year round.
Saltkaret observation tower and Bodvattnet Runt nature trail
40 km west of Vaasa
The impressive, tar-coloured Saltkaret observation tower rises to a height of over 20 metres in the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, at Svedjehamn fish harbour in the municipality of Mustasaari, to be more precise. The tower offers a beautiful view over the De Geer moraine. The unique moraine archipelago speaks of the enormous power of the last ice age in the Kvarken Archipelago.
The Bodvattnet runt nature trail also starts at Svedjehamn. Along the trail, visitors can see the land uplift coast and the De Geer moraine.
The nature trail is some 3.5 km in length. Mustasaari/Björköby.
World Heritage Cruise to Valsörarna
From Svedjehamn, 40 km northwest of Vaasa
Valsörarna (Valassaaret) is an island group in the outer Kvarken Archipelago, about 15 km Northwest of Björkö. Valsörarna has been a bird conservation area since 1948. Embark on the 2.5 km nature trail with a guide to learn more about the area's diverse nature. The part of the trail that runs through a birch forest is often called the "Path of Love". The cruises start at Svedjehamn. Participants will be served coffee and delicious salmon sandwiches at the foot of the island's lighthouse. The tour takes approximately five hours. Mustasaari/Björköby.
12 km south of Vaasa
The Söderfjärden crater was created when a meteor crashed into the Earth some 520 million years ago. Nowadays, the area is a paradise for birds. Visitors can observe the abundant bird life from a seven-metre birdwatching tower. Söderfjärden is the most important crane staging site in Finland.
An exhibition at the Meteoria tells the fascinating history of the crater with an intense and colourful multimedia show, instructive light cabinets and a variety of tools. There is also a well-equipped observatory with a telescope you can use to study celestial bodies thousands of millions of light years from the Earth. Vaasa/Sundom.
Kvarken Nature Centre Terranova
At Kvarken Nature Centre Terranova, you can experience the unique nature of the Kvarken Archipelago in the middle of Vaasa. You can see and hear local birds, pat a seal on the head and peek into a virtual aquarium teeming with fish of all sizes. Butterflies of the region are shown in the insect room and in the Kingdom of Stones you can touch ancient rocks. Terranova is a great starting point for those who would like to learn more about the World Heritage Site. Terranova is in the same facilities as the Ostrobothnian Museum.
World Heritage tour
A guided tour of Finland's only UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
After arriving at Svedjehamn in Björköby, you will walk the beautiful Bodvattnet nature trail to the Saltkaret observation tower (at 20 metres above sea level) to admire the unique scenery of Kvarken. The trip is an excellent and compact starting point for people and groups interested in nature.
The service can be customised based on group size, and the catering based on your wishes.
You should reserve at least 2.5 hours for the trip.
INQUIRIES: tel. +358 44 3445446
The services and customised tours are available all year round (weather permitting).
World Heritage cruises
Enjoy the unique archipelago with an experienced guide. You will experience the special characteristics and history of the site in an unforgettable way. For more information on the cruise, click here.