Page 1




Publisher: The Archipelago City of Pargas (Trade Services and Tourism) Brinkasvägen, 21660 Nagu, Finland Tel: +358 400 117 123 The Municipality of Kimitoön (Development Depatment, Tourism) Arkadiavägen 3, 25700 Kimito, Finland Tel: +358 406 623 833 Text: Sam Cygnel/Swe-viestintä Translation: James Simpson Photographic editing: The Municipality of Kimitoön (Tourism), The Archipelago City of Pargas (Trade Services and Tourism) Layout: Malin From/Strax Kommunikation Print: Newprint Cover: Julia Kivelä/Visit Finland Back cover: Sanna-Mari Kunttu

4041 0624

CONTENTS Random facts............................................... 2 About this brochure...................................... 3

SEE & DO Island Hopping.........................................4–5 Metro map: sea routes and timetables.........6–7 Pearls of the archipelago.........................9–13 The Archipelago Trail and Coastal Route...14–16 A guide for kayakers.................................. 17 Fun for the family..................................20–21 Maritime adventures for kids....................... 23 Local history museums...........................24–26 Churches and chapels................................ 27 Hiking St Olav Waterway......................28–29 Bengtskär lighthouse..............................30–31 Dalsbruk: from Vietnam to Eternity...........32–33 Art Bank is the home of exaggeration......34–35 Nagu – made for daytrips......................36–37 Top 10 walking paths............................38–39

EAT & SLEEP When are you in your cottage element?...42–43

Söderlångvik manor............................... 44–45 Summer days on Rosala-Hitis..................46–47

EVENTS Top Ten................................................50–51 Matglädje; A joy of food in Houtskär.......52–53 September is packed with tasty events.....54–55

GOOD TO KNOW UNESCOs Biosphere Reserve.................58–59 The Archipelago National Park...............60–61 Food for thought at Archipelago

Centre Korpoström................................. 62–63 Everyman’s rights and fishing permits......64–65 Sustainable tourism...............................66–67 Out West.................................................. 69

Random facts about

The Archipelago 2,4


• More boats than cars • Most ferries in the world per capita

Bengtskär - the tallest lighthouse in the Nordic Countries

46 m


sea eagles

1 000 000 perch

63 % 37 %

Swedish speaking

1 000 accordions

• 22 000 population • 25 000 islands • 0,9 persons per island

Finnish speaking

Almost everyone loves Swedish dance band music

90 000 apple trees

1.1–31.12 The best time to visit the archipelago

About this brochure

Untouched landscape The Strait of Gullkrona is noble, even somewhat enigmatic in calm weather. When storms brew, a spellbinding spectacle unfolds before your eyes – these are quite dramatic later in the autumn. Every day of the year, she earns her name: Gullkrona – Golden Crown: most valuable. When you look out to sea from Högland’s observation tower, it is easy to image the sailing ships that sailed here a hundred years ago, the Swedish Navy before them, The Vikings before them ... They could sail past today, nothing on the horizon reveals the fact that we are now in a new millennium. A breath-taking insight hits you, apart from land-rise, the archipelago has remained unchanged since prehistoric times. The Archipelago Sea is a place on earth where humankind has never dominated.

The region’s tourism companies and their partners are all committed to the future conservation of the sea and the island communities. The strategy is based on values of small-scale business, quality visitor experience and respect for the environment. It is clever, but above all, it is fun, it simply feels good to make a sustainable choice. Browse through this brochure and be inspired by what the archipelago has to offer.

The Pargas and Kimitoön Island tourism team #visitarchipelago


Archipelago traffic hubs • Pargas; Granvik • Nagu; Kyrkbacken, Pärnäs • Korpo; Korpoström • Kasnäs • Dalsbruk

The Archipelago is an adventure

Island Hopping

Travel at your own pace exploring the islands A plethora of boat routes and destinations await travellers who like to plan their own adventures in our unique archipelago. You know which islands interest you the most, and how long you would like to stay. ”Have you packed your backpack? Super! Then you’re ready for island hopping!”




Cast off The most important thing is to leave the mainland behind, take one of the boats that leave from the Archipelago’s traffic hubs. Boat routes operate from Kustavi and Turku in the west to Hanko in the east. The map on the next page shows most of the Archipelago Sea’s scheduled routes. Of course, you can hire a taxi boat to travel outside of these areas.

Enjoy Typically, you will find accommodation, cafes and restaurants on most of the larger islands. A selection of them are presented here but you will find more at Regardless of which route you choose, you will hopefully notice one thing; your troubles are left behind on the first jetty.

Come ashore Every island has its own atmosphere and unique sights. What are you looking for? Experiences in nature, war history, peace and quiet – you will find it all here. It is a delight that there are different routes serving the islands so that you can continue your journey deeper into the archipelago without returning to the same departure harbour. Plan well and you can make an unforgettable journey all the way from Hanko to the Åland Islands.




ip h c r


Metro map













































Note, all connections are not marked on the map.



TURKU (ÅBO) Helsinki (Helsingfors) 100km
































€ €









LA €





Local food in archipelago

ISAKSSON’S Farm shops open 24/7

Farm shop open 24/7 Houtskärsvägen 535, 21760 Houtskär N 60° 11’ 38” E 21° 22’ 44,5” 040 865 4258

e! a m o lc nn We s&Mi a Jon

Farm shop open 24/7 Wattkastvägen 227, 21710 Korpo N 60° 11’ 28” E 21° 39’ 35” 040 964 5122



Pearls of the Archipelago Själö, Utö, Jurmo, Örö and Högsåra – all have their own special charm. Each in its own unique way. 1. Örö fortress island

Örö was closed to the public for over a hundred years. Now this coastal fortress is the archipelago’s most visited destination. An island with many faces The Örö history as a coastal fortress began during the 1808-1809 war when the island functioned as a Swedish naval base. During the Russian period Örö was part of the defensive line Örö – Russarö – Utö – Ösel. During independence, Örö has been an important part of the Finnish coastal defence. Old growth forests and sand and gravel beaches have a lot to offer outdoor and nature lovers. Bikes,

canoes, kayaks and SUP-boards can be hired. Rare coastal plants and over 250 rare or threatened butterfly species have been found on the island. Migrating birds pass Örö each spring and autumn. The diverse biotopes also attract rare birds during the summer. The island has a restaurant and a café in the harbour. Cottages, hotel rooms, a hostel and campsite are some of the alternatives for visitors wishing to stay the night. The marina has space for 70 boats.  Ferry from: Kasnäs



2. Högsåra

Högsåra has a rich heritage of maritime pilots and visits by Russian Tsars, mixed with a modern touch. The atmosphere is very chilled. Can there be a cooler name than Rumpan Bar (Bare bum bar)? • Farmors (Granny’s) Café is a classic, a must for many visitors. • Rumpan Bar at the Lillbacka Brygga marina. • Jungfrusund museum by the Kejsarhamnen marina gives insight into village history. • Accommodation: Guesthouse and Villa Cecilia. • Bike! Högsåra’s sandy roads are perfect for cycling. • Sandviken’s swimming beach with a fireplace and camping area are part of the Archipelago National Park.  Ferry: Svartnäs from Kasnäs island




3. Jurmo

Jurmo is known for its fens, sand eskers and stony moorland. The island is one of the archipelago’s best birdwatching places during spring and autumn migration. • There are a few hiking trails on the island. Please note that the western part of the island is not accessible during the nesting period 1.4–31.7. • The harbour has a summer cafe and shop with a fish counter. • The island has cottages that can be rented per day. • No one has ever solved the riddle of the monk rings. The four circular stone formations are assumed to have been used for grazing or seasonal fishing. • The old windmill and chapel are popular sites to visit.  Ferry: Nagu (Pärnäs)



Dave Brett

4. Utö

Utö’s barren landscape never stops to charm friends of the archipelago, birdwatchers and others who appreciate life far out at sea. • The island’s position has always been significant for maritime pilots and the military. Utö monitoring post closed in 2005, but the military still use two areas on the island. • Are you a bird watcher? You will find many other likeminded individuals on the island. • There are plenty of accommodation alternatives, from hotel rooms to cottages. A restaurant is open during the summer. The shop is open throughout the year. • MS Park Victory’s wreck is popular for divers. The ship sank in 1947 shipping coal from Virginia to Turku. Ten sailors drowned but 38 were saved. The wreck lies at a depth of 27–36 meters. The tops of the masts stand 8 meters underwater. Tea Karvinen


 Ferry: Nagu (Pärnäs)



5. Själö/Seili

It is said that Själö’s (swedish: “island of souls”) name comes from seals, not souls, despite many damaged souls passing through the island over the years. Nowadays peace reigns over the houses and meadows. A dark past King Gustav II Adolf founded a leprosy hospice on Själö in 1619. A return from Själö was not an option for the patients. It was easy to dig graves in the sand esker. Mentally ill were housed in a separate hospital for ”paupers and the feeble-minded”. Själö hospital was the country’s largest mental

hospital after 1785. The institution started to house only women at the end of the 1800s. A brighter present The mental hospital closed at the beginning of the 1960s. Turku University’s Archipelago Research Institute is nowadays housed in the former hospital buildings. Guided tours about the island’s history, nature and present research activities are organised Själö has a restaurant and a café. There are various accommodation alternatives to choose from.  Ferry: Nagu och Rymättylä (Hanka)



Juho Kuva

By bike through the archipelago

The Archipelago Trail & The Coastal Route are siblings but not twins

The Archipelago Trail and The Coastal Route have much to offer those who want to experience nature and culture in the archipelago at their own pace. Both routes are a mix of land and sea and both are unique. So which one should you choose? 14



Juho Kuva

Juho Kuva

The Archipelago Trail


the inner archipelago. Many stop off at Själö on the ferry between Nagu and Rymättylä. Please note that vehicles are not allowed on this beautiful island. The short sea voyage offers breezes of Airisto – a beautiful stretch of sea between Turku and Pargas that inspired the music for the Airisto Waltz.

Classic: 250 km Short Trail: 100 km Position: Archipelago Sea’s western side Route: see the map on last page The Archipelago Trail has attracted cyclists, bikers and motorists for over 20 years. Island hopping is the route’s specialty - it offers no less than nine ferries and a multitude of bridges. There are great restaurants and places to stay the night. Farm shops and kiosks have increased during the last few years providing delicious treats along the way. Signposting: The Archipelago Trail is marked with brown signs. What to see: Boat museum in Houtskär, Jungfrudansen troy town stone maze in Finby, Nagu, Kuusisto Bishop’s Castle Ruins, Kustavi handicraft village.

Signposting: The same as on the main Archipelago Trail. What to see: Själö, Airisto, Naantaali’s old town, Pargas limestone quarry. Bike hire is available at many locations along the route and you can even do pick-up on one island and drop-off the bike on another. 



Juho Kuva

The Coastal Route Length: 200 km (35 km at sea) Position: Archipelago Sea’s eastern side Route: see the map on last page The Coastal Route is made for cyclists. The absolute highlights are the historical ironworks villages of Dalsbruk, Mathildedal och Kirjakkala, and the boat trip between Hanko and Kasnäs. Some departures travel via Bengtskär Lighthouse. The route passes through three national parks and small towns. The picturesque Ekenäs old town with its charming wooden houses and cafes is well worth a visit. There are great restaurants and places to stay the night as well as farm shops and kiosks. No bike? The Coastal Route is perfect to explore by motorbike or car, the passenger ferry does not transport vehicles. Signposting: the Coastal Route is marked with brown signs. What to see: boat trip over Hanko’s western bay, Bengtskär Lighthouse, historical ironworks villages, Ekenäs and Hanko. Bike hire is available at many locations along the route and you can even do pick-up on one location and drop-off at another. 





Sandön (Gullkrona): N=6664409.157 E=239688.583


Gärskär: N=6643126.405 E=221935.633


Björkö (Korpo): N=6653179.357 E=202974.513

A kayaker's guide

The Archipelago Sea is one of the best places in the world for sea kayaking: calm bays, remote skerries where you feel like the only person on the planet, unexpected meetings with flora and fauna – there is always plenty to discover.

But where should you start? Below are some islands and areas that can open the door to a fascinating sea world. Good starting points are for example, Kasnäs, Nagu village or Pargas Port.


Vänö beach: N=6646829.678 E=232005.081


Hitis outer archipelago: N=6642065.971 E=248189.633







Archipelago Sites Route cruise to Bengtskär lighthouse and Rosala Viking Centre, departure from Kasnäs every day 1.6-25.8.2019!, +358 40 218 2960



Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project 3.5 – 30.9 2019

5€, 0-18y 0€ +358401391218

Sparbanksstiftelsen i Korpo

Welcome to Kustavi, by land & sea

Söderlångvik Manor Apples & Gardens • Food & Drink • Live Music & Theatre visits • Archipelago & Nature • Wellness & Yoga • Accomodation • Art & Workshops • Local Handicrafts

Café Vivan

i Kustavi municipality Tel. +358 2 842 6600 Tourist info June-August, Tel. +358 2 842 6620

Lunch • Á la carte • Breakfast • Catering • Meetings • Weddings Söderlångvik gård • Söderlångvikin kartano Amos Andersonin tie 2, 25870 Dragsfjärd, +358 (0)2 424 549, Café Vivan +358 (0)2 425 037,



VENEVUOKRAUS VENEVUOKRAUS BÅTUTHYRNING BÅTUTHYRNING Turun saaristossa & maailman merillä Åbolands skärgård & världens hav

best day of the summer Boat tours to Bengtskär Lighthouse, Örö fort and the Archipelago National Park. Welcome on board! 050 5514266

Puh./Tel. +358 2 428 100 –

Ready.. Steady.. Go! ˜ Fun for the family ˜

Try our memorable summer highlights with some archipelago family activities. Fond summer memories are guaranteed at one of the highlights of the summer. There’s plenty for adults to see and do too. But who is Lucius Alienus? Rosala Viking Centre

Open daily during high season, weekdays during low season and by appointment during the winter. Become a Viking for a day! Activities and exhibitions for young and old. Rosala Viking Centre is suitable for longer or shorter visits – but remember to book accommodation well in advance if you wish to stay the night, the Chieftain’s lodge is almost always fully booked.




Kasnäs spa

Open all year except Christmas Freezing on the beach? At Kasnäs Spa, the water is always clear and warm. There is a kid’s pool, exercise pool, jacuzzi, two 25m lanes for swimmers and a cold tub. The view of the archipelago from the jacuzzi is amazing. New for 2019 are the outdoor baths.

Kids’ Lab

Open: June–August, Archipelago Centre Korpoström

Pargas bowling alley

Open daily except Sundays, Strandvägen 22, Pargas Get the bowls rolling! The bowling alley has day lanes, night lanes and disco bowling plus two billiard tables. The café offers sweet and salty treats. Shoes available for rent.

Find your inner scientist and find out about life in the Archipelago Sea! Try your hand at being a marine biologist in the Kid’s Lab with real research equipment and discover the sea’s inhabitants in a fun way. There are games and other fun activities included in the Kid’s lab.

Have you ever seen a slide like this before? Lucius Alienus is found in Pargas’ central park and is designed by interior designer and sculptor Stefan Lindfors



60 10.575´N, 21 44.769É

GUEST HARBOR Secure Guest Harbor With Services Beach Sauna Grill Hut Food-Shop All Inclusive Packages Equipment Hire

ARCHIPELAGO APARTMENTS Accommodation all year round 4-person Cottages Sleeping in the open air with stars All Inclusive Packages Barbecue Hut Nature Trails Animals allowed

TACKORK GÅRD Berry Farm Summer Cafe Domestic Animals Experience, Relax, Meetings and Conference Packages Hunting and Fishing Packages Smoke Sauna and Jacuzzi

Tackork Gård & Marina Oy Tackorkintie 31, 21660 Nauvo +358 (0)45 78747461

Cottages and experiences in Nauvo Cosy cottages by the sea or by the lake . Fishing, boat rental, bicycle- and fishingtrips, naturetrails and activities.

HINDERS Hindersvägen 61, 21670 Nagu +358 (0)10 666 4545 •


e Expeditione’sharrboouutrs in

t th You can visi ou wish. y any order Korpoström Houtskär –

Örö – Iniö – Stenskär Brännskär – – Pensar – ö – Jurmo – Nötö – Bod – Gullkrona nö nhamn – Vä – Trunsö – Tu – Högsåra


The adventure begins here:,

Harbour games

Gäddan och gängets ö-expedition Kalakamujen tutkimus matka saaristoon

Hang out on Pike and his friends’ island expedition The Archipelago Sea’s cultural landscapes and diverse biotopes are so unique that they have received the UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve status. The Archipelago Sea is actually the most species rich area in the whole of Finland. Visiting a harbour? Then hang out with Pike and his friends (Gäddan & gänget) on an island expedition and learn more about the archipelago’s natural and cultural landscapes. Complete fun challenges and collect stamps in your researcher’s pass! The expedition is a mini adventure for kids and curious adults spread over 15 harbours in the Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve. Do like this: 1. Pass. Get your free pass from tourist infor-

mation offices, the islands, or download it from  2. Get going. Check the map to see if your harbour is included in the expedition. Find the sign with information about your adventure. Good Luck! 3. Completed researcher pass? Excellent! You have completed a long expedition. Now you know a lot more about the archipelago.



Around the archipelago table Pargas Local History Museum and the Sagalund museum in Kimito both have food as this year’s theme. What did people eat when there were few ingredients to choose from? How did people survive when the harvest failed? You will find the answers to this and more at the museums. Out in the museum cottages, different time periods and social classes are brought to life. Visitors can see how crofters’ meals and farmers’ feasts differed. Fishermens’ suppers, workers’ lunch boxes and wartime food substitutes are exhibited. You can learn how to make sausages, churn butter or make protto on short courses. What is protto? Well, you’ll just have to visit the museums to learn about and


taste this local food! Special programs for children are organised around dinner tables set with appropriate tableware. Asides from food there is plenty to discover in the museums’ exhibitions and collections. Museum Director Li Näse in Sagalund and curator Anne Bergström in the Local History Museum in Pargas give their personal favourites.



Sagalund museum ˜ Li’s five tips ˜

1. Tjuda pedagogy – The fantastic 1700s school environment comes to life when visitors meet their teacher, played by Jarmo Kujala. It feels more real than you might expect: a bust of Linné stares down at you at your school desk. This discipline is hard. Li tells that the experience usually wakes the anarchist in her – how will you react? – I should add that this school drama is aimed at adult visitors. The 1940s setting of Vreta School is more suitable for younger visitors. 2. The outdoor museum Sagalund museum’s green cultural heritage is present throughout the museum. Ask your guide for the free pamphlet “Sagalund’s green cultural heritage”. It is a guide to the crops and plants of Sagalund. The museum’s founder Nils Oskar Jansson was an admirer of Carl von Linné and his work in Taxonomy. Jansson was also interested in gardening for self-sufficiency. 3. Childrens’ culture centre – Prepare yourself for adventure! Customised programs, guided activities and games blow life into the museum. Time travel for children under school age, with themes like this party etiquette and folklore, are organised on Wednesdays in June and July. Teddy bear picnics for the youngest take place on Tuesdays in July. The centre is specialised on heritage interpretation and environmental education.

4. Falla farm – Groups work together on the farm. One group maybe churns butter and bakes, another brews coffee in an old-fashioned way. Clothing and objects from the museum’s collection are often used in order to create an authentic atmosphere. – A walk through Falla is like a time journey. The lounge and ceiling paintings are from the 1890s, the other rooms are decorated according to the 1940s, 50s and 60s. 5. The courthouse and surroundings from the 1700s reveal many exciting stories – Have you heard about the priest and the bailiff’s wife who had an affair, murdered their spouses and were subsequently sentenced to death by hanging? Or, the male body found under Brinkkulla croft when it was moved to Sagalund? asks Li. This section of the museum gives a peek into the world of folklore and superstition. 



Pargas local history museum ˜ Anne’s five tips ˜ 1. Many museums tell the story of archipelago life – How have people lived in the archipelago, what did they do for a living? Learn about archipelago life by visiting the local history museum and the smaller museums. The smaller museums often have specific themes. 2. The geological exhibition in Pargas Industry Museum – Tells the story of limestone. You travel back in time, millions of years, to a landscape of high mountains and volcanoes. 3. Kirjala Norrgård at Pargas local history museum – The interior furnishings are exceptional and the pretty building depicts different epochs. Kirjala Norrgård has a room dedicated to Lenin – no less,

Historically, Finns added tree bark to their bread when there was a shortage of ordinary flour. Bark flour is made from the thin phloem layer that lies under the outer bark of pine trees.


4. Malmnäs cottage at Pargas local history museum – The cottage has recently received a pleasant interior from the 1940s. You will find the main part of the exhibition about food, ”Till bords i Åboland”, here. 5. Pargas local history museum – We have a beautiful, large, open, green area with toys and activities for children. Bring your own picnic hamper and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The museum is within walking distance from the centre. 

Other MUSEUM TOP TIPS in the archipelago

Bark bread during famine

Bark bread wasn’t so nutritious, but it kept hunger at bay.

he once visited the farm! Learn what happened.

Dalsbruk’s ironworks and village museum, Rosala Viking Centre museum, Archipelago museum in Korpo, Björkboda lock museum, Jungfrusunds museum in Kejsarhamnen on Högsåra, The Maritime House in Nagu, Houtskär Archipelago museum, Korpo hembygdsmuseum, The Industrial Museum in Pargas, The Stone House – The Local History Museum on Utö.



To the right: Iniö kyrka. Below: Vänö kapell.

Churches and chapels ˜ Windswept oases ˜

There is something special about visiting a church or chapel out in the archipelago. Weather beaten and sunburnt you step over the threshold. Before your eyes can adjust to the faint light, a true feeling of calm overcomes you. Most of the islands that have had a permanent population have either a church or chapel. Try it, step out of your holiday mood and treat yourself to a moment’s peace and reflection. A princess at the edge of the sea Iniö church was named after the newly born princess Sophia Wilhelmina in 1801.The church bells are still rung by hand. The Sabbath is rung in at sunset

and not at 6pm as with most churches. A chapel by a sandy beach The path from the marina to Vänö’s chapel meanders through fairytale moorland and lush deciduous forest. Continue further and you come to a sandy beach. The chapel is built entirely of wood. The anchor and anchor-chain in the churchyard come from Suomenlinna fortress.



Stefan Bremer

St Olav Waterway

Among sparkling cold spring waters or fiery autumnal leaves, the archipelago is a wonderful place to explore on foot. You can embrace the quiet and explore landscapes shaped by wind and sea, farmers and fishermen. In the evening after a long hike, cosy hotels and BBs with tasty home cooked meals or casual fine dining restaurants often feature local seasonal produce. St Olav Waterway is Finland’s first long-distance pilgrim’s trail, a path that follows in the footsteps and boat wakes of medieval pilgrims. You don’t only explore the archipelago’s diverse nature but you are embarking on a historical journey where travellers and locals meet.


Travel slowly and take time to island hop by rowing boat, kayak or ferry. If the weather is bracing indulge yourself with a massage or yoga weekend or simply rent a candle-lit cottage with friends for a well-deserved retreat. The trail launches at Turku Cathedral on 24th of May 2019 when a rotating group will hike 1200km to Trondheim in Norway. The path is open from Easter 2019.


Text: James Simpson


Stefan Bremer

St Olav Waterway is a Central Baltic project and a branch of St Olav Ways, an official Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, you can choose to walk 1, 3, 7 or more days on the trail from Turku to Trondheim.

Stefan Bremer

Plan Choose the length of your journey by using the digital maps and accommodation alternatives found on (St Olav Waterway is found under “See and Do”). More about the hiking route and St Olav: 



“The battle of Bengtskär ended with Finland successfully warding off the attack and winning the conflict.”

Bengtskär lighthouse ˜ The archipelago’s most southerly destination ˜

Bengtskär lighthouse is the highest in the Nordic countries. Looking to the south, you meet a vast expanse of sea. Up in the lighthouse the barren seascape can play on the visitor’s senses. Those braving the spiralling 252 steps to the top can sometimes falsely feel that the lighthouse is leaning. This is supposedly because the view of sea and sky is devoid of a point of reference. Many experience a feeling of space and freedom. Dramatic history Due to Bengtskär’s strategic position, it was only a question of time before a battle would play out here. It began on a foggy night in July 1941 when


three soviet patrol boats landed on the island, kicking off a merciless onslaught, which resulted in 32 dead, and 45 wounded Finnish soldiers. Casualties on the Soviet side are estimated to be at least 60 dead. Approximately 1500 soldiers from both sides were involved. The battle of Bengtskär ended with Finland successfully warding off the attack and winning the conflict. The events around the battle are illustrated by



Taipale Brothers

Did you know that a vast Eider duck colony breeds on the island? Visitors hold birds of prey and minks at bay. Exciting expeditions to the eider colony are organised every May.

guided tours and a permanent exhibition at the foot of the lighthouse. The lighthouse The stately lighthouse was built in 1906. A master lighthouse keeper, a mechanic and three lighthouse keepers with their families lived on the rocky island. The population was at its peak at the end of the 1930s when 32 adults and children lived here. The lighthouse was renovated to its former glory

by entrepreneurial couple Paula och Per Wilson. They have kept the lighthouse open for visitors ever since. Bengtskär has a lighthouse museum, cafe with souvenir shop and hotel and conference facilities for 24 people. You can reach the lighthouse during the summer by passenger boat. One route departs from Kasnäs, regular tours are also available from Örö, Rosala, Hanko and Turku.



”The older houses and some parts of the village have festive names that are still commonly used”

Mats Asplund

A short way from Vietnam to Eternity in


What do Vietnam and Eternity have in common? One thing at least, they both lie in Dalsbruk, one is a housing estate built in the 70s, the other, a private house, a stone’s throw away. It perhaps does not need to be mentioned that the completion of “Eternity” was greatly delayed. The older houses and some parts of the village have festive names that are still commonly used today. These names do not come from official ceremonies but are rather names that have emerged where locals’ raw humour and reality meet. Try to imagine where “Hags desire”, “Starve-todeath” and Kakola (AKA a Finnish prison) came from or the housing estates Irak and Vietnam. This is


something to be pondered over in one of the street cafes or whilst meandering between slag-stone built charcoal ovens near the marina. Everything within walking distance Visit the market square on summer Wednesdays or Saturdays if you enjoy a bustling scene, you’ll find the “marble palace” close by. Explore the outdoors on the duck boarded path over Lilla Masug-



Why Dalsbruk • Market day every Wednesday and Saturday • Festivals: Baltic Jazz (5–7.7.2019), Festival Norpas (2–4.8.2019) and September Open (7.9.2019). • Harbour. Archipelago cruises to Bengtskär and Örö coastal fort amongst others. • Dalsbruk’s Mill museum, Tullbacksvägen 7: Local industrial and cultural history from 1686 onwards. • Nature path to Senatsberget. • Canoe rental in Stora Masugnsträsket. Booking in Räpylä, Kolabacksvägen 1. • Boat rental in the marina: Midnight Sun Sailing.

See Dalsbruk in a couple of minutes! A charming video captures the mood: 

Also visit the Dalsbruk’s ironworks museum to learn more interesting stories about Dalsbruk!

nsträsket and continue up Senatsberger hill to the viewing tower – you pass Bläckhornet and the hills Klockbega and Trollberga. Perhaps you’ll meet Jarl Hohenthal, glass blower, at Tackjärngjuteriets Glashytta. Ironworks for 330 years Dalsbruk and her inhabitants lived hand in hand with the ironworks for over 330 years. This symbiosis produced millions of tonnes of iron and a beautiful mill village environment. The rich history of the ironworks has resulted in many books. You feel the influence of the ironworks wherever you wander in Dalsbruk. One of the prettiest details

is the slag-stone found in most of the buildings. Ironworks village beside the sea Smell of the sea or fairytale lake environments – the village’s location, sandwiched between the sea and two lakes gives plenty of opportunity for memorable excursions. A ferry will take you out to the archipelago from the harbour without charge. Passenger ferries operate to Bengtskär and Örö coastal fort amongst others. Paddling in the large Stora Masugnsträsket fen with wilderness views is a fascinating experience. Rent a canoe and enjoy the adventure!



Extravagant! Fantastic!

Art Bank is the home of exaggeration

Before we step inside Art Bank’s wondrous world, we should consider how surrealism’s founder André Breton defined the cultural movement:

“Pure psychic automatism, by which it is intended to express…the real process of thought. It is the dictation of thought, free from any control by the reason and of any aesthetic or moral preoccupation.” A direct line to the subconscious. Anything can happen here. A door to another dimension opens itself on the second floor of Köpmansgatan 23, where entrepreneur Ted Wallin houses his Salvador Dalí collection and his art gallery.


Ted guides us around the Dalí exhibition. Before we begin, he asks if he can retain the right to rewrite history. The stories are as tall as the gallery’s ceiling and perhaps a return visit will reveal a completely



different story. Who knows? The collection is comprised of three rooms of surrealistic paintings, sculptures and furniture pieces. The melting clocks are here, as is the elephant on tall slender legs. Much of the collection could be classified as furniture art. –An art critic once asked Dalí what the inspiration behind one of his pieces was. Dalí, taken aback, answered that he didn’t know, he had only painted it, explains Wallin. It is in this landscape of the fourth dimension that the guided tour continues, we look at a deformed clock. – What is reality? That which is visible? Or, can it be something else? For example, according to Dalí’s way of thinking death is not the end: we only leave our earthly bodies thinking, death and traverse to the fourth dimension. The clock reminds you of her running sisters, but its symbolism is tied to the fourth dimension, explains Wallin. Accordingly, Dalí continues to live. A direct link to a higher level is according to Wallin established by the Bakelite telephone on one of the side tables. Those who lift the receiver can ask questions and receive answers from the master himself. For those brave enough – or for those affluent

enough – to go the whole hog, you can hold a private Dalí-dinner for up to ten people in the gallery for 3 000 Euro. Everything is organised in the spirit of Dalí, with for example specially commissioned Dalí inspired cutlery and serviettes according to the customer’s wishes. The food is prepared according to Dalí’s cookbook and the sparkling wine served is the same as the one the artist served his own guests. Surrealistic, extravagant? The answer is Yes! The art gallery does not reflect the same cosmic layer, but still the art pieces here are of a high class. The emphasis is on contemporary art, both paintings and sculptures. In the gallery shop, you can find jewellery from jewellery designer Matti Hyvärinens, the designer of Dalí’s cutlery. The wineglasses draw one’s eye. – What about this? It is a disfunctional wineglass, which will hopefully be put into production soon. It would be perfect at the Dalí dinners as it would make it easier to get into a Dalí mood; he was apparently unconcerned about spilling a little wine here or there. Those who drink from this glass have the possibility of reaching the same level,laughs Wallin. All the objects in the Dalí collection are certified and numbered.



”One of the Archipelago’s most popular marinas”



Made for day trips from the mainland ˜

Feel like spending a day by the seaside? On the beach promenade in Nagu Marina, summer heat mingles with lovely sea breezes. It is not so far fetched that Nagu is sometimes lightheartedly called Finland’s St. Tropez. Sitting at one of the terrace cafes on the beach promenade it is easy to see that the harbour is Nagu’s beating heart. Pleasure boats and ferries bustle


about, one boat comes in to moor, another sets sail whilst the ferry MS Östern steams towards Själö and Rymättylä. This is one of the Archipelago’s most



Did you know that..

• Nagu marina is one of the archipelago’s most popular harbours with about 4000 daily visitors during the summer. • There are tens of restaurants in Nagu • Nagu had the largest sailing fleet during the 1800s measured in amount of boats and their draught. • You can see Finland’s oldest bible in Nagu church.

How to get to Nagu

By car and bus: take Skä rgårdsvägen. A free ferr y operates bet ween Lillmälö in Pargas and Prostvik in Na gu.

By boat from the mainland: ferry MS Östern operates during the sum mer from Hanka in Rymättylä. Passenger tourist ferry MS Fanny (no cars) operates during the summer between Turku and Nagu. By bik e: the Arc hip ela go Tra il pa sse s through Nagu.

popular marinas, according to estimates the third most visited in Finland after Helsinki and Hanko. There is an impressive choice of restaurants and cafes, approximately ten during high season. Freshly smoked fish is great for filling your picnic basket. Remember to visit the local market at the southern harbour where there is a fine selection of local produce and cosy cafes. You can enjoy a peaceful picnic at one of the sandy beaches. Boathouses line the beach promenade, selling everything that sea dogs and landlubbers could desire. In the evening “after sail” and live music fill the air– the nightlife is legendary and is worth a visit or two. Families on a on a day trip should try the Nagu Teddy Path for kids – the path is named after Henrika Anderson’s children’s books Nagu Nalle. The

nature path to the troy town stone maze in Finby is a wonderful experience for nature lovers. Nagu maritime museum gives an overview of how important Nagu was during the golden age of sailing from the mid-1800s until the appearance of steamboats. Most communities in the archipelago were active in the rapidly expanding shipping industry of the time. During the most intensive decade, Nagu had Finland’s largest fleet. A whole room in the museum is dedicated to the life of Åke Sandvall and his skilfully made miniature ships. Are you looking for a starting point for your adventure? You can rent kayaks and bikes in Nagu and join archipelago safaris and kayaking tours. The protected coast is suitable for both beginners and experienced paddlers.



p ten o T

Hiking Paths e r u t a n n i t u O Söderlångvik Manor paths: Are you interested in Jungfrusund’s landing strip, the fabulous view from the lean-to, or something else? Each of the four paths have their own theme.

Barefoot path, Korpo: Family friendly. Experience contemporary art set in a landscape of trees and cliffs!

SaaristoTrail 31.8.2019 SaaristoTrail (ArchipelagoTrail) in Pargas is a trail running race for you who love running in the forests. The race includes demanding archipelago terrain, and you are rewarded with stunning views and fantastic nature encounters. 



Norrby nature path, Iniö: The path takes you to Iniö’s highest point, Kasberget. You can see all the way to Brändö on the Åland Islands in clear weather.





Westerholm path, Nagu: Walk in painter Victor Westerholm’s footsteps! Interesting information boards about the artist and local history.

Nature and culture paths on Jurmo: Jurmo is a unique island of wild, barren heathland. Walking here is almost unreal.


Kasnäs geological nature path: Interesting information boards that illustrate geological phenomena from the ice age to the present day.



Sattmark nature paths, Pargas: Paths of varying length in a cultural environment. One path goes past Lofsdal’s manor, built in the 1700s.








Vänö nature path: A fairytale path that passes through juniper heath before arriving at a chapel and sandy beach. Try it for yourself!










MO Örö Fortress Island paths: The northern path goes past sandy beaches, viewpoints and ruins. The southern path’s most southern point is popular with bird watchers.





Senatsberget, Dalsbruk: Breathtaking sea views from the lookout tower by the lean-to shelter and fireplace. Hangö och Högsåra are visible in clear weather.



We offer high quality food, which can be enjoyed in comfortable Archipelago surroundings.


Bar & Pizzeria •


Open from Easter to the end of October. Other times according to agreements. 040-744 ..... 1744 040-879 3630 guestharbour nr 990 / nautical chart p. 727

• öppet året runt • lunch alla dagar • god mat och gott sällskap • pizzor, hamburgare och sallader, även ”take away” • trivsamma hotellrum • avoinna ympäri vuoden • lounas joka päivä • hyvää ruokaa ja mukavaa seuraa • pizzoja, hampurilaisia ja salaatteja, myös mukaan • viihtyisät hotellihuoneet • open all year • lunch every day • good company • pizzas, hamburgers and salads, also take away • cosy hotelrooms

Hjalmar’s restaurant & pub Stabshuset, Handelsmansvägen 1, 21710 Korpo Tel. 02-4631202,

Our resort offers various holiday accommodation as well as services for occasional guests, including a yacht harbour and a waterfront facing restaurant serving breakfasts and à la carte menu. From cozy traveler’s cabins with shared bathroom to an exclusive design villa with own beach, here you will find what suits you best. Altogether we have 6 types of indoor accommodation, a camping site for backpackers and caravan travelers, two wood burning saunas, and multiple options for active vacation lovers. A long forest trail across the island is perfect for hiking, and the observation tower on top of a hill offers spectacular views. You can also play disc golf in our park and take bikes, boats, kayaks, and SUPs for rent. Plus, we are pet-friendly and totally welcome families with small kids. Our place is a beautiful getaway for detaching yourself from the busy city life, calming the mind and soothing the soul.

Birdwatching, beach life, fishing, cosy Christmas.. When are you in your cottage element? For the stressed modern person, spending time in the archipelago can be pure medicine. Just enjoy the view from the cottage window: you can follow the changing seasons more starkly on the islands. A stay in a cottage here feels like a privilege.




Gather inspiration: 

There are plenty of rental cottages and hotel rooms to choose from for each taste. When is the best time of year to spend time in the archipelago? Here are some of our highlights. Spring Spring in the archipelago is a momentous spectacle; ice melts, new life erupts from the ground and vast flocks of migrating birds replace winter’s silence. Some of the birdwatching hotspots are Utö, Örö and Björkboda’s fields on the Kimitoön island. A little later, when the sea ice has completely melted, eider duck safaris are organised to Bengtskär Lighthouse. Summer Lazy summer days on the beach, late dinners with friends …. simple things that make the summer a summer. There are no end to the choice of activities at this time of year: festivals play in swift succession, there are summer theatre performances, temporary art exhibitions and a plethora of events. There is so much to do outdoors; from Frisbeegolf courses to nature paths and rocks and cliffs

for climbing and bouldering. Sea lovers can rent a boat, kayak or canoe – rental is available for example in Nagu, Kasnäs and Dalsbruk. Autumn September is harvest festival time with markets each weekend. Now is the time when many rent cottages for a long anticipated fishing trip, something that will become a big topic of conversation during the long winter months. Buy unique Christmas presents at one of the atmospheric Christmas markets. Tip: A cosy Christmas out at an archipelago cottage can be the best present of all. Winter Winter brings groups of friends for weekend getaways to the Kasnäs hotel amongst others. It is a special feeling to experience the wild, untamed archipelago just a few steps from warm saunas and hot tubs. If the ice is strong, you can enjoy the open archipelago landscape on long-distance ice-skates, skidoos and kick-sledges.



A different kind of year at Söderlångvik manor

The farm café is in the spotlight whilst the museum is being renovated Söderlångvik’s manor house is undergoing a major renovation. Meanwhile, the estate’s cultural and event calendar continues to grow. 44



The horse carriage museum What carriage did President Svinhuvud use during his visit to Söderlångvik in 1935? You can see his carriage among the other interesting carts, sledges and equipment in the museum. 

Hiking The estate has several beautiful nature paths of various lengths and levels. The routes are marked on maps that can be obtained at Café Vivan or from Söderlångvik’s website. Fill your picnic basket at Café Vivan and make a beeline for the lean-to shelter ”Vindskyddet” on the hill approximately 2 km from the farm. The view of the archipelago is stunning.

Jazz and classical concerts are organised in the newly renovated Café Vivan. An exhibition by artist and photographer Niclas Warius entitled ”Vanitas Chimitoensis” is shown in the café. Many cultural or local food events are organised throughout the year such as the popular Apple Days in September. The yoga courses take place outdoors on the lawn or indoors instead of on the manor house balcony. New this year is the half marathon, Broloppet (Dalsbruk–Kasnäs), where the shorter walking stage starts at the estate for the first time. A new bird

watching course is organised in May, apple picking days and wine evenings during the autumn. The manor house art museum is closed for renovation. Söderlångvik manor was cultural patron and businessman Amos Anderson’s summer residence and second home. Andrerson bequeathed the estate and other assets to the association Föreningen Konstsamfundet which he founded. The stylish manor is one of the Kimitoön Islands’ most popular visitor attractions.



”Att besöka vikingacentret är som att ramla in i en forntida värld.”

A summer day on Rosala-Hitis Everything is set for a great day out in the archipelago when the ferry departs from Kasnäs. Next port of call - Långnäs on HitisRosala. Out on these two islands lie Rosala Viking Centre, Taproom Smokehouse and Backom Café.




27.7.2019 there is a festive atmosphere on Hitis when the Hitis Boat Race is organised. Church boats and other rowing boats compete with each other in different classes. There are fun activities ashore for the whole family.

The plan is to visit Rosala Viking Centre first, then lunch at the smokehouse, before topping the day off with coffee at Backom. The Viking centre and smokehouse are on Rosala and Backom is on Hitis. The distance between Rosala and Hitis is approximately 10km by a beautiful forest road. Rosala Viking Centre Visiting Rosala Viking Centre is like falling into an ancient world. The guide demonstrates a doubleheaded throwing axe. “Raise the axe over your head, bend your knees, take aim and throw!” Bang! The axe blade hits the target. The children jump in excitement, waiting for their turn. The axe is an exact replica of an original Viking artefact – just like everything else at the centre. The Viking centre is constructed like a Viking village, complete with chieftain’s hall, longhouse and more. Many activities take place in the courtyard between the buildings. The most popular activities for the youngest in the family are ”A day as a Viking”, This entails dressing

up as a Viking, baking bread over an open fire, visiting the Viking ship beside the centre and testing various battle techniques. Adult visitors will enjoy the informative exhibition about Viking artefacts that were found in the archaeological excavations in Kyrksundet, the strait where a bridge connect the Rosala and Hitis islands. Modern Vikings will also appreciate the rustic menu. Taproom Smokehouse Taproom Smokehouse is situated on the seafront, a couple of kilometres from the Viking centre, near Rousal Brygghus craft brewery. Just as the name suggests, the smokehouse serves barbecued and smoked dishes. Backom Café The heart of Backom Café is the old stables and surrounding meadow. Grey, well preserved timbers create a timeless archipelago atmosphere. This is the perfect place for a relaxing cup of coffee.





We serve the needs of our customers at over 40 routes for sea and lake travel, from southern Finland to the north. Our ferries annually transport over 4 million vehicles and 10 million passengers. Timetables and traffic news:

A comfortable and accessible recreational resort close to nature.


Hostel or caravan park: Take advantage of our comfortable and affordable accommodation services.


Our à la carte menu is versatile and in the summertime we offer a tasty lunch every day.


Find out about the different ways you can enjoy your leisure time in our resort - something for everyone.

& +358 40 719 9970 Munkkentie 251, 21620 Kuusisto, FINLAND •

Archipelago Booking

Accommodation • Fishing • Sailing • Excursions • Cycling Maximize your holiday experience with our local expertise! +358 (0)2 410 6600


hear & ee

Year around

The Archipelago’s top ten events

Henrik Zoom

Teaterboulaget’s summer theater, Lillholmen in Pargas, after midsummer 2019 presents the newly written play by Skini Lindgård. The play is a sequel of Doris – girl in the leather jacket. Approximately 15 performances during July. 

Baltic Jazz, Dalsbruk 5–7.7.2019 connects classical Jazz’s stylistic directions with other musical styles. An eclectic mix of international and local artists. Dalsbruk’s historic ironworks environment defines the festive vibe. 

Nagu Chamber Music Days 3-7.7.2019 is loved by many. Highly qualified Finnish and international musicians perform together with music students from the archipelago. Both classical music and constellations of organ music, singers and chamber music with strings and piano will be heard. 

Kimitoöns Musikfestspel 8–14.7.2019 invades the whole Kimitoön Island and surrounding archipelago for a week in the summer. The focus is on chamber music in both traditional and modern interpretations. Concerts take place in churches, manor houses and other locations. Finnish and international artists. 

See all events for the Kimitoön islands on and Pargas




Seppo Wahl

Tractor cavalcade, Kimito summer 2019 is a must for all lovers of agricultural machinery. Thousands of enthusiasts meet by the edge of a field to watch classic tractors and cult classic farming equipment puffing and clanking around. The climax of the event is a long tractor cavalcade.

Korpo Sea Jazz 2019, 24–27.7.2019 features 18 concerts and is one of Finland’s largest jazz festivals. Korpo Sea Jazz is a fixed point in the Finnish jazz calendar. There are gigs in Korpo, Nagu, Houtskär och Pargas. 

Niilo Rinne

Festival Norpas, Dalsbruk 2–4.8.2019 rests on a nest of non-commercialism and internationalism. Music, visual art, film, circus and other performance arts creates a fantastical mix. There are interactive workshops where the public can mingle with well-known artists. 

Iniö Folk 26.–28.8.2019 is an authentic archipelago festival. Performers of world music and small Finnish and Swedish language folk music concerts are offered on three islands with among others Skärgårdstorget, Aftonro, Keistiö school and Erkas on Jurmo as locations.

September Open, Dalsbruk 7.9.2019 Is a delightful mix of Middle Ages and archipelago. Over 100 artisans sell their wares at diverse markets. The medieval market has a real jousting tournament, battle reenactments, live music and much more. The harvest market sells an abundance of local produce. September Expo showcases local services and products. There is also a general fair with the interesting products sold. 

In the labyrinths of baroque, Pargas 3–6.10.2019 has a special place in Finland’s music scene and is the only event of its kind in Southwest Finland. International and Finnish top artists feature this year. Sunniva Fagerlund who plays recorder and baroque violinist Anna Rainio are the festival’s artistic directors. 



”Authentic food is what attracts both artisan food producers and visitors to Houtskär.”

A joy of food in Houtskär

For food and achipelago lovers ”It has to be local …. an ingredient from the archipelago that gives visitors an experience.” Last November the Matglad committee discussed what special dish visitors would enjoy at next year’s event. A passion for food and innovation are the spices needed according to Therese Skaag. – This is what puts Houtskär on the map, says Therese. 52



The exact dish is a carefully protected secret at the moment. What we do know is that last year guests were served no less than grilled seal, a controversial choice, but a dish that is intrinsically traditional in the outer archipelago. Two years ago, a dish based on seabirds was served. Matglädje is of course much more than the organisers’ vision and passion. It is the authentic food that attracts artisan food producers and guests to Houtskär. – The stalls at ”Taste Street” sell artisan and locally produced foods. The products are tasty, healthy and ecological says Skaag Aside from food and produce, visitors can get buy local archipelago handicrafts. What else happens? A top chef gives tips and advice as delicious dishes are prepared. Fun activities for kids, a tractor cavalcade and a dance band all create a festive atmosphere typical of a thriving archipelago village. Matglädje is organised at the end of August.

Eat and shop locally Prized jams, sourdough bread, apple juice, free-range beef, lamb and other specialities will tickle your taste buds. Local food producers and farm shops are found here: 

”Artisan food is locally produced.” defines The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.



Autumn Hygge & Events September is packed with tasty events September is a month for people who enjoy life – at least in the archipelago where harvest and autumn markets are found in abundance. Choose any weekend you wish and you will find a festival or market to visit. 54



A connoisseur’'s calendar September 2019

7.9 September Open, Dalsbruk 13–15.9 Archipelago Harvest Festival, Pargas 14.9 Market and Finnish national fish smoking competition, Nagu 15.9 Open Farm Sunday, Pargas 13–22.9 Harvest festival, restaurant days, Pargas 21.9 Gamla Malmen’s autumn market, Pargas 28.9 Apple Days, Söderlångvik (Kimito) and Tammiluoto (Pargas) ,

Thanks Margot Margot Wikström works with the project Kosthåll med konsumenten i fokus and has taken the initiative for a closer cooperation between the archipelago’s harvest festivals. They are now organised consecutively so you have the possibility to visit them all!

September opens, of course, with the extremely popular September Open in Dalsbruk. The event is a lively mix of medieval archipelago market, harvest festival and September Expo trade fair. We could also mention real jousting competitions and live music. It is easy to discover gems just for you among the 100 market stalls. The Archipelago Harvest Festival spreads over the whole of the Pargas archipelago with Nagu’s market as its core. Just imagine the smoky scents of the Finnish National Fish Smoking Competition. The next day it is the turn of farms and businesses to open their doors and welcome harvest festival visitors in. Restaurant Days kick off with the Harvest Festival both on the Kimitoön Islands and in the Pargas area,

and continues for a whole week - thank goodness! It would otherwise be difficult to manage to taste all the local delicacies and seasonal produce that the restaurants create in their kitchens. Gamla Malmen’s Autumn Market is a cosy event in Pargas’s old town. You can buy local delicacies - bring the whole family, there are activities for everyone. Apple Days in Söderlångvik, is a highlight of the extensive apple season. During the Apple Days, you can taste delicious products from the orchard, meet apple experts and buy the best of the best. This year Apple Days are also organised in Pargas at various locations like Tammiluoto orchard.


Text och photos: Laura Johansson, lvngroom




Kaarinan kaupungin matkailupiste S:t Karins turistinformation Kaarina Tourist Information




Lautakunnankatu 1, 20780 Kaarina Puh./Tel./Phone +358 (0)2 588 4010 Tilavaraukset


24.-27.7. 2019

OH, THE WONDERFUL NIGHTS OF NAANTALI Enjoy sweet dreams in one of the town’s old, elegant wooden houses, a cosy bed and breakfast, a luxurious hotel room, the archipelago.

Book your accommodation online 24/7 at


In harmony with nature The Archipelago Sea is one of UNESCO’s

Biosphere Reserves The Archipelago Sea’s cultural and natural landscapes – both above and below the sea – are some of the most diverse in Finland. The area has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1994.




Copyright Henrik Zoom

A Biosphere Reserve works for a sustainable society and rich nature which future generations can be proud of. The Archipelago Sea’s Biosphere Reserve works together with local communities, entrepreneurs, researchers, authorities and various organisations to develop sustainable models of living and working in the archipelago. The goals are a positive development in the archipelago and a clean sea. The Biosphere Reserve is an active partner in local communities. Schoolchildren learn about valuable local environments and learn the importance of preserving them. The Biosphere Reserve is one of the main actors in the Korpoström Archipelago Centre alongside Åbo Academy’s Archipelago Institute and the Archipelago Foundation. Cooperation with the Archipelago Foundation has resulted in the Brännskär living archipelago community where two families with young children live.

The island of Brännskär lies in Nagu’s southern archipelago and is a popular harbour for pleasure boats. Visitors have the possibility to buy locally produced food in many parts of the archipelago. The development of artisan foods is a result of cooperation between many organisations in the archipelago biosphere reserve area. The Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve supports small-scale tourism where you can enjoy locally produced and authentic experiences in a clean environment.

Interested in the environment and archipelago? Read more on and Facebook.



This is

The Archipelago National Park The Archipelago National Park has an abundance of nature paths, camping places and mooring jetties. The national park and local companies cooperate on the larger islands to ensure a good level of service for visitors. 60



Good to know You can only camp and make fires at designated sites. Landing is not permitted on some islands during the bird-nesting season (see the map). Visit The Archipelago Centre in Korpoström or the information in Kasnäs for more information about the national park and the archipelago.  www.

Want to volunteer? The national park in cooperation with other organisations offers super possibilities for those who wish to contribute through voluntary work. Visit www. and choose ”Volunteer Work”

The park makes it easier to visit and protects the area’s vulnerable nature. The mission of the national park is also to preserve a living archipelago and promote environmental research. You can reach the national park by ferry and passenger boat – on your own or as part of a guided tour. During the summer, the area is popular

with sailors and kayakers. During the winter, longdistance ice skaters enjoy the magnificent scenery. The Archipelago National Park lies east of the Åland Islands, south of Korpo, Nagu, Pargas and the Kimito Island. The national park is on state owned land managed by Parks & Wildlife Finland.



” There is a lot to do in terms of design, consumption and use of resources.”

Food for thought

at Archipelago Center Korpoström ˜ An international exhibition about plastic inspires new ways of thinking ˜ This year’s main exhibition in the Archipelago Center Korpoström addresses the most acute current marine problem. The growing mountain of plastic at sea – what can we do to remedy the situation.




The science exhibition Out to Sea? -The Plastic Garbage Project examines the issues by explaining the enormous scale of the plastic problem whilst looking forward to solutions. There is a lot to do in terms of design, consumption and use of resources. The aim is to give visitors an eye-opener in order for them to be able to make a change in their own communities.

The Plastic at Sea exhibition has been shown in over 20 countries. It is shown in Finland in Korpoström 3.5–30.9 2019. Parts of the exhibition will be shown in the main Turku City Library in May. The exhibition is interdisciplinary and is aimed at all ages.

Archipelago Center Korpoström

The exhibiton is owned and has been financed by the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and the Drosos Foundation. In Finland the exhibition is funded by Stiftelsen för Åbo Akademi, Skärgårdshavets Skyddsfond, Stiftelsen Martha och Albin Löfgrens fond and Sparbanksstiftelsen i Korpo.

is an interdisciplinary visitor center crea ting exhibitions and events presenting interesting aspects of specific archipelago issue s and phenomena. The building also functions as a • marine biology research centre • base for the Archipelago National Park • marina • conference centre 



Villa Högbo


WOULD YOU LIKE TO ENJOY HOLIDAY IN THE ARCHIPELAGO? Kunnantalonmäki 17, 23390 Iniö, Norrby tel: +358 440552253

Everyman’s right Everyman’s right gives you the right of access to private land, but it also gives you the obligation to show respect and consideration to nature and landowners.


You may • walk, ski, cycle • stay for a short period in any area where access is otherwise allowed (for example put up a tent, but not too close to people’s homes)

SJÄLÖ 400 years

Welcome to Seili The king of Sweden ordered in 1619 that Seili Hospital was to be founded. After serving as a hospital island for centuries, Seili has been formed into a unique place. Today the fascinating history combines with appealing cultural landscapes, marine research work of Turku University as well as high-quality services. Ferries from Turku, Nauvo and Hanka will take you out to the beautiful island of Seili in the heart of the Archipelago Sea. RESTURANT | CAFÉ | GUIDED TOURS | ACCOMMODATION | MARINA

Daily departures during the summer:



• pick wild berries, mushrooms and flowers that are not protected • fish with hook and line and ice fish You may not • litter • make fires without the landowner’s permission • disturb other people or damage the environment • disturb wild animals or nesting birds




Better fisherman's luck with a valid licence

Hook and line fishing, ice fishing and fishing with a simple baltic herring rig are free in Finland. Angling for under 18s and over 65s is also free (except on the Åland islands). All other recreational fishing is subject to a fee or permit. Fisheries management fees in Finland are 45 euros for 1 year, 15 euros for 7 days and 6 euros for 1 day.​

Fisheries management fees can be paid in three ways

1. Pay for your fishing permit at www.eraluvat. fi. Print the receipt or save a copy on your mobile phone. 2. Call the service number +358 20 69 2424 (Mon–Fri 9–16).

3. Pay for your fishing permit at R-kioski or at one of Parks & Wildlife Finland’s Nature Centres. Make sure • you have the licence receipt with you when you fish. • have id with you if you are exempted from paying (under 18s or over 65s). More about fishing equipment, fees and permits: 



What does

sustainable tourism mean for the archipelago?

We ask tourism entrepreneur Ville Laitinen Sand takes over when it is not bound by grass. The fragility of the archipelago’s ecosystem is easily seen when one too many feet have eroded grass on a windy sand dune. We want to preserve the health of the Archipelago Sea, not hurt it, but enjoy the beautiful landscapes. So what can be done to protect this fragile environment? 66



WHO Name: Ville Laitinen Age: 33 Education: Bachelor in natural sciences, nature guide Family: partner and two children Profession: Runs Natureffect Ab.

Sustainable tourism means taking responsibility for tourism’s environmental, sociocultural and economic impacts. There are tour operators that only offer sustainable products. We don’t have mass tourism in the archipelago. Despite this, there is always room for environmental improvement. Tourism entrepreneur Ville Laitinen in Dalsbruk works and lives according to sustainability principals. How can we visit the archipelago in a sustainable way? – It is all about choices. You can chose travel that has lower environmental impacts. It is better to avoid long-distance travel. It is also important to compare the services and products that you buy and choose environmentally friendly options. – Only follow marked trails when out in nature. – Eat local, artisan and ecological food. They are healthy and natural, plus buying locally produced products has a positive sociocultural and economic benefit for the local population and creates a knock

VALUES: Is it possible to run a profitable company without negative environmental impact? – No, naturally not, all activity incurs impacts, and economic profitability is relative. In the long-run we can make a difference by making environmentally friendly choices. My company is environmentally responsible. Additionally, we give 5% of our profits to environmental protection. This is an important cause for me; I believe that businesses can create benefits for society and nature protection. Are you part of a sustainable development network? – We are members of the Leave No Trace network. It is an organisation for sustainable tourism. Members are committed to following certain principals.

on effect on local companies. – Increased environmental awareness automatically helps you make better choices. Share your positive experiences in nature on social media and inspire others, exploring the great outdoors is awesome! What should we avoid? – Following the principals of everyman’s rights takes you a long way. It is good to remember that many islands in the national park are not accessible during the breeding season and your dog should always be kept on a lead. It is best to keep to marked trails to prevent erosion. What are the best aspects of sustainable tourism? – Visitors get positive experiences in nature and this gives people a natural respect for the environment. – I get a kick out of thinking ecologically, and this keeps me in a good mood. It simply feels like I’ve made the right choice.



HYPPEIS VÄRDSHUS Hyppeistentie 540 Houtskari 60°12.794’ N 21°16.664’ E

Welcome to visit us!

Hotel Café and restaurant Sauna Relaxed atmosphere

Regards, Outi & Sam

BOOKINGS +358 40 175 7538


ationm:ap MeeothreeArcinhfipoelarm go metro

S 6 on page on: informati go tourist la e ip h Arc 23 0 117 1 .ax +358 40 strafiken

w.aland  ww .fi w.carfield  ww

Out West

Next stop is Kökar on the Åland Islands Did you know that”Ålandstafiken’s” Southern Line sails between Galtby in Korpo and Långnäs on Åland? You can take your car, but the best experience is by foot, bike or motorbike. Westward Carfield rental bikes can be returned at the ferry pier in Galtby. After leaving Galtby, the ferry calls at Kökar, Kyrkogårdsö, Husö, Sottunga och Överö before terminating at Långnäs on the main Åland island. Busses connect Långnäs and Mariehamn. Eastward If you arrive from Åland, you can continue your journey without needing a car by taking the local bus Skärgårdsbussen from Galtby. Carfield rents bikes in Verkan Marina or Restaurant Hjalmars, (2km and 3km respectively from the harbour). It

is also possible to reserve bikes to be delivered to the ferry pier. Spend the night on an island The journey between Galtby and Långnäs is even more enjoyable by breaking the trip and staying on one of the idyllic islands on the way. This makes your trip even cheaper, as those spending a night on one of the islands pay less on the ferry. The ferries serving Galtby are Ålandstrafiken to the Åland islands and local car ferries to Houtskär and Norrskata.



Gleanings Rosala.

Underground granite smoke sauna at the Storfinnhova, Kimitoรถn island.

Nagu ferry.

Morning fog, at the Kimitoรถn island.





Lake Masugnsträsket, Taalintehdas.

Helena Särkijärvi

Jonna Saarinen

Tastes of the Archipelago.

Limestone mine, Pargas. Advertisment:


Highland cattle on Örö fortress island.

mehustamo-siiderimöpienpanimo Lähituotettua omenamehua limonadia siideriä käsityöläisolutta

Bornemannin mehustamo Kårlahdentie 234, 21610 Kirjala/Parainen 2 km Saariston rengastieltä, 040 7188361

Norrbyholmen, Pargas.

BORNEMANNS cidery-brewery Local produced appeljuice lemonade cider beer Bornemanns cidery Kårlaxvägen 234, 21610 Kirjala/Pargas 2 km from the Archipelago trail, 040 7188361

WELCOME TO KASNÄS Enjoy your vacation in the archipelago with all the facilities needed, including comfortable accommodation, delicious food and relaxation in the spa. Take a walk in the beautiful nature, a refreshing swim in the sea or in the pool or take a day trip to one of the many islands nearby. Welcome and enjoy your stay in the archipelago!


Helsinki 180 km Tampere 220 km

Salo 75 km Turku 100 km

HOTEL | SPA | GUEST HARBOR | RESTAURANT | SHOP | CARAVAN | CONFERENCE Tel. +358 2 521 0100 | Fax +358 2 521 0101 | |

When you´ve heard it all

- try silence


tourist information Tourist Information The Archipelago town Pargas Rantatie 28 21600 Parainen +358 400 117 123

Municipality of Kimitoön Engelsbyntie 8 25700 Kemiö +358 2 426 01 70 www.VisitKimitoö



Welcome to the archipelago!

Tervetuloa Saaristoon! Välkommen till Skärgården! Welcome to the Archipelago!


Finla nd

Helsinki Tallinn




Sw ed en



#visitarchipelago #pargasparainen #visitkimitoon

Profile for Strax Kommunikation

Welcome to the Archipelago  

Archipelago Tourist Broschure.

Welcome to the Archipelago  

Archipelago Tourist Broschure.