Kayaking the unique archipelago of Kvarken World Heritage Site
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/ Sea kayaking in FinlandPhoto: Outdoors Finland
/ Saltkaret viewtowerPhoto: Kimmo Makkonen, Visit Vaasa
/ In the Kvarken Archipelago you can see in a unique way the effects of the land uplift caused by the Ice Age.Photo: Jaakko Salo, Visit Finland
/ The unique landscape of the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage sitePhoto: Tuija Warén, Metsähallitus
/ The Kvarken Archipelago UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vaasa, FinlandPhoto: Jaakko Salo, Visit Finland
/ The Kvarken Archipelago Unesco World heritage sitePhoto: Jaakko Salo, Visit Finland
The Kvarken Archipelago is an exciting labyrinth of thousands of islands and some places you can only reach with a canoe or a SUP-board. Imagine how easily you could go over the shallow bays, surrounded by De Geer moraine ridges and rocks. Canoe as silently as you can, and you might meet some of the areas dwellers; white-tailed eagle, whooper swan, otter or seal. More experienced kayakers can choose to go to the light house islands in the outer archipelago, for example Valsörarna islands.
You can spend just a few hours or enjoy several days kayaking this special area. You can find a variety of tent sites and other services in the area (click here to see a map with all the sites & services). There are several companies hiring kayaks and organizing guided kayaking tours. On guided tours you will be able to explore the highlight of the Kvarken Archipelago safely.
Visit the Saltkaret observation tower close to the starting point
- The route displayed is an example to help you with you tour planning
- Always consider the weather conditions, your skills and physical condition when planning your daily kayaking route
- Always remember to check the weather forecast and wind conditions before heading to the sea
- Make sure you have enough experience to handle the route even in changing weather conditions
- If you are uncertain about your experience, we recommend joining a guided tour
Getting thereBy car from the Centre of Vaasa about 41 km (1 hour drive)
ParkingSvedjehamn fishing harbour parking area
Author’s map recommendations
A Kvarken Archipelago canoe map is available on web. Free printed versions can be requested from the tourist information on site or they can be sent by mail.
Experience the beautiful Vaasa region and Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site from the sea. Guided tours give you easy and safe option to enjoy ...
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