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A long bridge from a bird's view, surrounded by frozen sea and islands in the horisont.

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.

Experience the Kvarken Archipelago

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

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World Heritage Gateway Visitor Center

Visitor Centre World Heritage Gateway

Located next to the longest bridge in Finland, the Visitor Centre World Heritage Gateway is the starting point of your visit! At the gate you will receive information about our World Heritage and get tips on sights and things to do in the Kvarken Archipelago. Welcome!

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Small wooden box, a padlock on top of it.

Kvarken’s Sea Monster – Escape Game

The mysterious sea monster has been seen in the Kvarken Archipelago in the 1800s. Now it seems to be back in our rocky kingdom. Step in to the exhibition Weichsel in the visitor centre World Heritage Gateway, and see if you can catch the monster in time!

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Black guillemot.

Audio Guide for the Kvarken Archipelago

Stories from the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage area collected in one audio guide! Listen anytime, anywhere, no app needed. The audio guide has 75 place-specific episodes, making it a great companion for your archipelago excursions.

Listen to stories of the Kvarken Archipelago
Rocks in the sea are covered with a layer of ice in the Kvarken Archipelago.

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.

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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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Environmental Management Certificate to The World Heritage Gateway Visitor Center

On December 9th in 2022, the Kvarken World Heritage association was awarded the EcoCompass environmental management system certificate for managing and developing environmental issues in accordance with the environmental management system. The organisation commits to compliance with the 10 EcoCompass criteria.

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Save the date 17th of February! Why? Because there's free guiding at the art gallery Arte Mare in the visitor visitor centre World Heritage Gateway! 🥳 The guide will be at the gallery 10-12 AM and 13-15 PM. Address: replotvägen 2, 65800 Replot. P.S. You can also eat at Restaurang Bernys in the same premises, shop World Heritage products at the visitor centre's little shop or buy a ticket to our main exhibition Weicsel. Read more: www.kvarkenworldheritage.fi/world-heritage-gateway The gallery Arte Mare exhibits Matilda Enegrens "Sunwards". In her own words: 𝘐𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘩𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘐 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘰𝘪𝘭 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 2022 𝘢𝘵 𝘈𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘫é 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘚𝘰𝘭𝘧. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘳𝘴, 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘳𝘴, 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘵𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦. 𝘐𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬, 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤 𝘺𝘦𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘥𝘢𝘺. 𝘐 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦, 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘸 𝘮𝘺 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘦𝘷𝘰𝘬𝘦. 𝘉𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬, 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯.
02.02.2023 - 08:18

Kvarken Archipelago - World Heritage Site

Have yourself a merry little Christmas!🎅 Photo: Vincent Westberg
24.12.2022 - 08:00

Kvarken Archipelago - World Heritage Site