Archipelago National Park, Kimito Island

#2 of 10 in Nature in Southwest Finland
Archipelago National Park is a national park in Southwest Finland. It was established in 1983 and covers 500km2 of land areas, a huge land area considering that the area mostly is outer archipelago with few islands even 1 km2 - and the big ones are inhabited and mostly privately owned and thus not part of the national park. The park's web pages give that number as non-qualified "area". It is part of the UNESCO biosphere reserves and received a PAN Parks certificate in 2007.
The park encompasses all state-owned land and water areas owned by the state within the borders of the cooperation area surrounding the park, which is more or less the entire outer archipelago of the Archipelago Sea on the eastern side of the Åland Islands and south of the Korpo, Nagu, Pargas and Kimitoön main islands. The Archipelago Sea Biosphere reserve consists of the national park's cooperation area and the rest of the islands in the Åboland archipelago only accessible by boat or ferry. These areas are mainly situated in Nagu, Korpo, Houtskär, Iniö, Hitis and southern Pargas.
There are considerable areas of traditional agricultural landscapes within the national park. One of the objectives of national park besides protecting nature is to protect the archipelago culture and different cultural landscapes. The cooperation area plays a great in this. The National park by itself encompasses about 2000 of the 8400 islets and skerries within the cooperation area. The larger islands are mainly owned by their inhabitants.
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  • This is the most beautiful landscape you can find from Finland - at least in the good weather. However you get there, I recommend going in May-June before the touristic season hits on. Then you have t...  more »
  • The Archipelago national park is seriously the jewel in the crown of the national parks within Finland. I wanted to do a cycle tour of the park and made enquiries at the tourist information board - th...  more »
  • The most beautiful place in the world. Really. Trust me I have been around the globe. If you have the chance visit in the summer woth a boat.
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