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Kvarken Archipelago, Finland

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Kvarken is the narrow region in the Gulf of Bothnia separating the Bothnian Bay from the Bothnian Sea. The distance from Swedish mainland to Finnish mainland is around 80km while the distance between the outmost islands is only 25km. The water depth in the Kvarken region is only around 25m. The region also has an unusual rate of land rising at about 10mm a year.On the Finnish side of Kvarken, there is a large archipelago, the Kvarken Archipelago, which includes the large islands Replot, Björkö and a large number of smaller islands. Most of it is belongs to the municipality of Korsholm. Most of the small islands are inhabited. The archipelago is smaller on the Swedish side of the region, and the islands have much steeper shores. The Kvarken region was historically important also, because mail was delivered across Kvarken when the sea was completely frozen from the Swedish to the Finnish coast. This mail route was used frequently during the period of Swedish rule.In the group of islands in the “middle” of the Kvarken region, in Swedish called Valsörarna - Finnish Valassaaret, is a 36m lighthouse designed by Henry LePaute who worked for Gustave Eiffel's engineering bureau. The structural similarity between the lighthouse and the Eiffel tower is quite obvious. The lighthouse is now automated as are most lighthouses in Finland.
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  • Probably better to come in the summer but we still enjoyed it as we had a beautiful sunny day in April. We took a packed lunch as we figured the cafes would be closed. Only Berny's, just over the Repl...  more »
  • A 35 minutes drive from Vaasa. Nature trail, easy and well marked. You can choose a shorter " Bodvattnet runt" or a longer which takes You to a fireplace. You will find shelter and firewood there. Bri...  more »
  • This site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and worth seeing. We had a great hike around the site and then climbed the 100 steps to the top of the observation tower. What a treat! It's a great view of t...  more »