Welcome to the Bothnian Sea – to a mosaic of lighthouses, birds and barren outer archipelago landscapes in the Baltic Sea of Finland! This virtual guide provides you with an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the magnificent natural landscapes and fascinating history of the Bothnian Sea National Park and its neighbouring areas, and to plan trips and find the services you need. Most famous destinations are displayed on the front page. Rest of the National park You will have to look up from the guide :)
The Bothnian Sea National Park is Finland’s largest Baltic Sea protected area. Its specialities include its rich fish life and fishing, bird life, marine cultural heritage and a unique archipelago landscape shaped by the land uplift. The area covers 912 km², of which 15 km² are land. Like all Finland’s national parks, the Bothnian Sea National Park is open to everyone, free of charge. You can experience the park’s natural environment on foot or skis, or by rowing, canoeing or travelling by boat. You can admire spectacular scenery on marked and safe trails, enjoy a packed lunch at a maintained campfire site or even overnight under the stars in almost total silence. Under the Finnish everyman’s right, you can also pick berries and mushrooms. In addition, you can fish and camp for short spells in the park. More information on restrictions and rules is available at outdoors.fi.
The presentation of the Bothnian Sea National Park uses photographs, videos, sound and html-5 contents such as spherical panoramas. Read more in the Instructions tab.
Isokari Lighthouse was built in 1833. It's the highest lighthouse in the Gulf of Bothnia. Restaurant and accommodation services are available in summer time.
Katanpää is the southernmost island within the National Park. The Russians built a fortress on Katanpää between 1915 and 1917. Restaurant and accommodation services are available in summer time.
Kylmäpihlajas modern Lighthouse was built in 1953. Restaurant and accommodation services are available in summer time.
Kuuskajaskaris former military fortress is now available for everyone. Restaurant and accommodation services are available in summer time.
Säppis remote lighthouse was built in 1873. It's said to be the most beautiful lighthouse in Finland. No restaurant or accommodation services.
The Ouraluoto island was used as a base of pilotage service in 1851–1968. Nowadays it is open for tourists. There are basic accommodation services but no restaurant services.