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Unesco World Heritage
Vinterlandskap med lada och snö

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Welcome to the Kvarken Archipelago

A Valuable Natural Heritage Site

The unique Kvarken Archipelago is Finland's only Natural World Heritage Site on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Together with Sweden's High Coast, the Kvarken Archipelago is the best place in the world to experience and understand the land uplift phenomenon caused by the last Ice Age.

Red boat houses in winter

Experience the Kvarken Archipelago

In the Kvarken archipelago, you can experience the fresh nature, the idyllic villages and the breathtaking land uplift scenery.

Find your experience
The Kvarken's outer archipelago is rough but beautiful.

The World Heritage Site in a nutshell

High meets low: the Kvarken Archipelago and Sweden's High Coast are a joint World Heritage Site on UNESCO's list. Traces of the Ice Age and continuous land uplift feature the both sides.

Learn more about the World Heritage Site
Maailmanperintöportissa voit tutustua Merenkurkun saaristoon.

The World Heritage Gateway Visitor Center

Located next to the longest bridge in Finland, the World Heritage Gateway Visitor Center is the starting point of your visit! At the gate you'll get information about our world heritage site and acquire hints of sights and things to do in the Kvarken archipelago. Welcome!

Opening hours
Two people watch as a drone is flying away.

Projects in the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage area

Read more about the ongoing projects in the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage area.

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The Kvarken Archipelago Audio Guide

The Kvarken Archipelago audio guide presents five places inside or nearby to the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage site.

The Kvarken World Heritage Audio Guide