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Kvarken Merenkurkku, 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 Valsöarna - 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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  • August 10, 2017
    Spent four days in the Kvarken area. Really good map available from the Vaasa Turist office for free. And you are going to need it in order to find nice sites to land and pitch your tent. Bring your o...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    After having stayed in Vaasa on the way north we went out to the Kvarken (continuation of the high Coast). There is a lot to look at, the old fishing village, churches, nature and more. A visit here a few hours may be recommended.
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  • July 18, 2017
    The changing nature of great richness. Here you will find an exciting nature that is constantly changing due to ongoing land uplift since the ice age withdrawal.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Good food
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