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Finland Archipelago National Park – The Ferry

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On the way to Korpo in Finland 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.

A large co-operation area surrouds 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.

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You may move around freely by boat in the Finland Archipelago National Park,with the exception of some protected areas. Shuttle ships operate the inhabited islands and many entrepreneurs offer transportation by agreement. Camping is allowed only in designated places (allowed on privately own lands in accordance with the freedom to roam), remembering to respect the domestic peace. Building campfires is allowed only in designated places, unless a force majeure situation arise. Firemaking is prohibited if a forest fire warning is in effect. One may pick berries and mushrooms. Mind roosting birds when landing on islets. Islets with many nesting birds should only be visited in autumn and winter. The Blue Mussel visitor center in Kasnäs, (Kimitoön) and the archipelago center in Korpoström (Korpo) offers information on the Archipelago Sea ant the Archipelago National park. There are bus connections to both. There are nature trails on some of the islands. There is a underwater trail for divers on Stora Hästö in Korpo (and one in shallower water for snorkelers).


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