Experience the Archipelago
EXPERIENCE THE BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Our beautiful Archipelago Sea welcomes visitors all year round. The short distances between the islands and the well-developed network of ferries mean that you can move in a sustainable way throughout the biosphere reserve – on foot, by canoe or boat, by bicycle or by public transport. The outer archipelago can best be characterized as an easily accessible wilderness.
There are many companies that welcome visitors to the area and the archipelago offers a great variety of experiences. By visiting Visit Kimitoön and Visit Pargas, you can plan your visit to the archipelago in detail. The service “Nationalparks.fi” gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with various places to visit in the Archipelago National Park (https://www.nationalparks.fi/archipelagonp), which is the core of the biosphere reserve. The biosphere reserve is an active party in the development of the Archipelago Center Korpoström, located in the middle of the biosphere reserve.
There are many nature trails and hiking trails both on Kimitoön Islands and in Pargas. The pilgrimage route St Olav Waterwaytakes you from Turku Cathedral through the biosphere reserve to Åland and on to Sweden.
By boat or canoe
Join the Island Expedition! This expedition is an adventure route around the Archipelago Sea. During the expedition, you will learn about the nature and culture of the archipelago, perform fun and educational challenges, and collect stamps in your researcher passport. On each of the 26 islands along the route, there is a sign with information and assignments for children and others with a taste for adventure.
By bike, you can cycle the Archipelago Trail or the brand new Kustrutten.
By bus or car
Travelling by road in the Archipelago Sea area is an adventure in itself – you can see more than 20 road ferries and a dozen bridges on your way to the different islands. All ferries are free and operated either by Finferries or privately. The municipalities’ websites list all public transport in the area.