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  1. Saltkaret

    Svedjehamn, Korsholm

    Observation Tower Saltkaret

    The impressive, tar coloured Saltkaret raises to over 20 meters height in the World heritage area of Kvarken Archipelago. The tower, located in the fish harbour Svedjehamn, offers a beautiful view over the De Geer-moraines. This unique moraine archipelago affirms the enormous power of the last ice age in the Kvarken Archipelago.

    The visible area from the tower is a perfect example of the De Geer areas in Finland. The tower also pleases many bird-watchers, as many of the typical bird species of the island can be spotted in the area, such as black coots, terns and sea eagles. The wooden observation tower is also an excellent intermediate stopping point for hikers, because it is located directly by the hiking trail. You can reach the lower level of the tower also with prams or wheelchairs.

    Driving directions to Saltkaret:

    Saltkaret is located in Svedjehamn, which is in the municipality of Korsholm, about 40-45 minutes drive northwest from the centre of Vaasa. From Vaasa: drive on road number 742 (Alskatvägen/Alskatintie) north towards Replot (Raippaluoto) approximately 20 kilometres. After Replot continue straight on road 7240 (Replotvägen/Björkövägen OR Raippaluodontie/Björköntie) approximately 20 kilometres and you’ll arrive to Svedjehamn harbour where the road ends.

    There is a free parking place in Svedjehamn. The observation tower can already be seen from the harbour and the parking place. Next to the parking place there is an information sign about the Björkö-Panike hiking trail. The observation tower is located by this trail; about 600 metres walk from the parking place.

    You can find the map of the area and further information from excursion map.

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  2. Finland’s only Natural Heritage Site invites you for an adventure

    The unique Kvarken Archipelago is Finland’s only Natural Heritage Site on the international UNESCO World Heritage List.

  3. The gems of the archipelago

    Flada
  4. Korsholm is the number one destination for wellness tourists

    Korsholm offers excellent conditions for wellness tourism.

  5. Roadtrip - Vaasa for families

    The destinations, easily reachable by car, are filled with joy, life and the wonders of nature.

  6. Visit Vaasa's Summer Bus - Walk with alpacas in Svedjehamn, August 19 and 26

    Take the bus to the most interesting sights in the Vaasa region – a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative and no problems finding parking.

  7. Inspiration From the Nature

    Nature around the Vaasa region provides photographer Christoffer Björklund with inexhaustible source of subjects and inspiration for practicing his profession.

    Valokuvaaja Christoffer Björklund
  8. Visit Vaasa's Summer Bus - Svedjehamn, Fridays and Sundays August 20-29

    Take the bus to the most interesting sights in the Vaasa region – a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative and no problems finding parking.

  9. The best sunset spots in the Vaasa Region

    Admire the sunset while enjoying the fresh air of the summer evening: we have listed the best sunset spots in the Vaasa region.

  10. Kvarken Audio Guide

    This audio guide presents five places in and close to the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage site.

  11. Björkö Eagle´s nest - cottages A and B

    Björkövägen 981, Björköby

    Welcome to the warm and cosy Eagle’s nest cottages!
    Located near the harbour of Svedjehamn in Björköby only 38 kilometre form Vaasa. The cottages are really close to nature, only 50 meter from Bodback nature trail and the sea, in the heart of the Kvarken UNESCO World Heritage site. The observation tower ‘Saltkaret’ and restaurant/cafe/museum ‘Salteriet’ only a 10-minute walk away. The area provides many opportunities for fishing, ice fishing, birdwatching, nature hikes, camping trips, boating and paddling.

    The cottages are fit out for all year round habitation, has fully functional kitchenette and bathroom and shower. Own parking, garden, barbeque area and entrance. Sauna according to agreement. Pets are also welcome.

    Cottage A for  5-6 people.
    Cottage B B for 2-4 people.

    +358 50 536 8275

    info@bjorkonkotkanpesa.com

    https://eaglesnestbjorkoby.business.site/

  12. Roadtrip - The best of Vaasa

    Along the roadtrip The best of Vaasa we have gathered sights which reveal why we, living in the Vaasa region, are so proud of our home.

  13. Traces of the Ice Age

    The inland ice scraped grooves to the rock surfaces.
  14. The gems of the archipelago

    Kvarkens skärgård, Vaasa

    Flada

    One of the Kvarken’s specialties is definitely the De Geer moraines, or washboard moraines, that form clear streaks in the scenery. You can see these formations best from the observation tower Saltkaret or along the Bodvattnet nature trail.

    Is it difficult to choose which place to visit in the Kvarken? Here is some tips of the archipelago’s gems for you!

     

  15. World Heritage from above

  16. To see in the Kvarken

    Cross the Kvarken Archipelago off your bucket list!

    Saltkaretin näkötornista paljastuvat upeat maailmanperintömaisemat.
  17. Bodvattnet nature trail

    Björköntie 1013, 65870 Mustasaari

    Bodvattnetin kierroksella tutustut helposti saariston luontoon ja kulttuuriin.

    Bodvattnet nature trail is about 4 kilometres long. Along the trail, you will see the De Geer moraine ridges and Bodback’s old fishing harbour. The circular trail starts and ends at the parking area in Svedjehamn harbour, in the village of Björköby. The trail is suitable for the whole family, and along the trail there is a 20 meter high observation  tower Saltkaret, a composting toilet and a campfire site with firewood. Parts of the trail to the observation tower and Bodback’s harbour can be accessed with pram and wheelchair. The observation tower has a lower viewing platform suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

     

    https://www.nationalparks.fi/description-of-trails#BodvattnetruntTrail

  18. Björkö Eagle´s nest cottages B (2-4 pers.)

    Björkövägen 981, Svedjehamn

    Welcome to the eagle’s nest cottage (B)!  We are located in Björköby, near Svedjehamn harbour in the heart of the Unesco World Heritage site, Kvarken, 50 m from the sea and Bodback nature trail and close to observation tower ‘Saltkaret’ and restaurant/cafe/museum ‘Salteriet’.

    The eagle’s nest B is private, accommodates 2-4 people or small families, with its own parking/garden/barbeque area. It has a fully functional kitchenette, bathroom/shower, a living room (double sofa bed, single bed) and a loft area (2 beds). Wood-burning sauna available (by arrangement). Free WiFi. Motorboat/rowing boat/rental. Fishing permits from local shop ‘Björkö handeln’. Swimming area nearby and beautiful sandy beach only 1.5 km. Pets are welcome!

    +358 50 536 8275

    info@bjorkonkotkanpesa.com

    https://eaglesnestbjorkoby.business.site/

  19. Björkö Eagle´s nest cottages A (5-6 pers)

    Björkövägen 981, Svedjehamn

    Welcome to the warm and cosy Eagle’s Nest Cottage (A)! Located near the harbour of Svedjehamn in Björköby, 50 m from Bodback nature trail and sea, in the heart of the Kvarken Unesco World Heritage site, close to observation tower ‘Saltkaret’ and restaurant/cafe/museum ‘Salteriet’.

    The cottage is open all year round, accommodating 5-6 people or families. The eagle’s nest a is private (a wing off main building), with it’s own parking/garden/furniture/barbeque area, entrance and lobby, one

    Bedroom (3 beds), a large living room room with a double sofa-bed and a antique (173 x 80 cm) sofa-bed or a roll-out mattress is available instead.  Fully-functional kitchenette and wood-burning fireplace, bathroom and shower. Wood-burning sauna available (times to be arranged with owner).

    Free wifi. Motorboat/rowing boat/rental. Fishing permits from local shop ‘Björkö Handeln’. Swimming area with changing rooms nearby and a beautiful sandy beach only 1.5 km. Pets are also welcome!

    +358 50 536 8275

    info@bjorkonkotkanpesa.com

    https://eaglesnestbjorkoby.business.site/

  20. Visit Vaasa's Summer Bus - Svedjehamn, August 19 and 26

    Take the bus to the most interesting sights in the Vaasa region – a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative and no problems finding parking.