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Harrström old fishing harbour
Harrström Windmill Hill
Two windmills stand on the Kvarnbacken hill as monuments to past centuries and bygone peasant community. Storkvarnen, the big mill, is one of the largest windmills in Finland.
Storkvarnen, the big mill, was built in the 1840s, and it still stands on its original site by the sea and its fresh winds. The mill was built by Isak, Karl and Johan Ingels. The wings of the mill are 19,5 metres long and the mill stretches up to 22 metres measured from the ground to the upper tip of the wing. Storkvarnen is the largest functioning mill in Finland. The smaller mill of Kvarnbacken was built at the end of the 19th century. The mills have been restored, and they both function. There were originally five mills on the hill and twelve minor mills in the whole village. The mills of Kvarnbacken are activated every year during the summer festivities, and they grind flour. The ground of the mill is a large tree trunk, which together with big logs and stones functions as the foundation. There is also a loft, a barn, a hut and a smoke sauna on the Kvarnbacken hill.
Harrströms old stone bridge
An old stonde bridge built in 1898.
Korsnäs church was built in 1831 and represent neoclassical architechture.
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Korsnäs Local Museum
The Korsnäs Local Museum premises today include the old hired hand’s cottage, the windmill, the forge, three rooms in the loft building, and the parish granary across the road. The beautiful museum yard serves as a place for festivities, demonstrations of handicrafts, and games.
The Korsnäs sweater, a special kind of sweater made and used in Korsnäs during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, has experienced quite a renaissance in the last few decades. It is a unique piece of clothing, mainly because it has both crocheted and knitted sections in bright colors. The museum’s collection is comprised of several Korsnäs sweaters of earlier and later origin. The oldest is from 1864.
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Korsnäs Vicarage Museum
The vicarage dating back to the 1830s has been preserved in the style of the early 20th century. The elegant rooms have been furnished with furniture typical for the period and for vicarages, and the garden creates a park-like atmosphere.
In the Vicarage Museum the visitor gets to see, how an Ostrobothnian ministerial family lived at the end of the 19th century. The Vicarage Museum is one of the two of this kind of special museums in Finland. The interior represents a ministerial home of the period with its original tile stoves from the 1890s. The walls have been papered with newly printed wallpapers modeled on the old Korsnäs patterns.
Nature trails and hiking routs in the Vaasa Region
The gems of the archipelago
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!
The Kvarken Archipelago World 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.
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The outer archipelago
Thousands unique islands are full of contrasts: smooth rocks, rough rocky grounds, lush forests and bays. Many light houses and maritime pilot stations remind of the old days. Nowadays the outer islands have summer cottages and many of these are former fishermen’s huts. The Kvarken Archipelago is home also for numerous birds who are also one of the Kvarken’s sights.
During the summers, you can get to Mickelsörarna or Valsörarna islands via World Heritage cruises, where the guides reveal the islands’ many stories. Also many of the archipelago’s entrepreneurs offer boat trips to the outer archipelago. you have your own boat, we recommend landing in for example Molpehällorna’s or Fäliskäret’s guest harbours.