Archipelago National Park

The Archipelago in the Baltic Sea was created by the Ice Age. Rugged rocky islets and forested islands, separated by open sea, are characteristic to the area. The nature trails guide you to the diversity of the natural features and the life of the archipelago. In the National Park visitors can use their own boat, the ferry services, or take part in guided boat trips arranged by local enterprises.

The labyrinthine Archipelago Sea, off Southwestern Finland, has more islands than any other archipelago in the world. It has also been described as the world’s most beautiful archipelago. The archipelago scene varies from larger islands dotted with rustic pastures and vibrant villages, to wild and windswept rocky islets. Scheduled ferry services take locals and trippers to the main islands all year round.

A large co-operation area surrounds the national park. In the area, the state-owned waters and lands, (excluding areas of defence forces) form the national park. The park includes state-owned lands and waters, inside a larger co-operation area surrounding it. The park also forms the core area of the large Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve, which was established by UNESCO in 1994 to promote sustainable development, and research on interdependency between man and the nature.