Archipelago National Park

Saaristomeren kansallispuisto

Saaristomeri off of Turku is also called the Archipelago National Park -Located in the southern Turku archipelago of the Baltic Sea, between Turku and Hanko. The park covers a vast area of 500 square kilometers and contains over 2000 islands. The type of land and seascape is like nothing else in Finland. Most of the lone rocky outer islands have very few trees. The islands are between the size of a football field, while others host small villages, like Kasnäs.

Why take a trip to Kasnäs? At the very end of road 1830 there is a visitor center called Luontokeskus Sinisimpukka which is located in Kasnäs. At the visitor center you will find exhibits and DVD presentations (also in English) of what life is like on the Finnish Archipelago.

2011 Opening times for the Sinisimpukka Nature Center:

  • February 2nd to May 8th. Fridays 10 am to 3 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.
  • May 10th to August 31st, daily from 10 am to 6pm
  • September 1st to November 27th. Tuesdays through Fridays 10 am to 3 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.

Getting to Kasnäs:

From the Tammisaari Salo road number 52, once at Pernio exit towards Kemiö on road 183 due southwest. Drive through Kemiö towards Dragsfjärd and Taalintehdas. Before branching off to Dragsfjärd you will notice a blue sign on the right: Sinisimpukan luontokeskus 21 km. Turn right toward Kasnäs after the sign.

Use a navigational device to get to Kasnäs, since there is a 5 kilometer ferry ride to get there. No worries the ferries are free of charge. Just type in Kasnäs, Dragsfjärd, Finland into your navigator.

Driving directions to the Sinisimpukan luontokeskus in Kasnäs.

Interestingislands at the Archipelago National Park to see by boat. These islands are nice for walking and enjoying the seascape.

Jurmo Island - a video slideshow at the island of Jurmo

The island of Jurmo in Korppoo has a beach containing round thumb and fist-sized rocks, and is treeless. This is one of the best places to go birdwatching in the Turku area. You can buy fish and sip coffee at a cafe. Remember to go there before April and after July when it is permitted to walk around on the island.

3.5 kilometer long Nötö Island. Video of the island (in Finnish)

The Nötö island is located between Nauvo and the Jurmo island. Nötö is the largest island in the Archipelago National Park. On the island you can see the remains of what a village used to look like. See some old buildings like a chapel from the 16th century, or an ancient wind mill.

Ferry boats such as the MS Eivor and MS Fiskö, see routes and timetables (in Finnish) at portal.fma.fi. These ferries sail through Nötö and Jurmo islands.