Kvarken Archipelago – Seal hunting

Historically, seal hunting has been a very significant means of livelihood for the people living in the Kvarken archipelago. When the Gulf of Bothnia coast was populated, seal hunting and fishing provided a lifeline for the first permanent inhabitants.

Kvarken Archipelago – Molpehällorna

Molpehällorna, or the island of Moikipää is made up of several smaller islands that have grown together. The island has a roughly one kilometer long highly diverse nature trail. In the yard of an old coastguard station there is an…

Kvarken Archipelago – Mikkelinsaaret

In the islands one can visit ancient monuments, such as stone mazes (‘jatulintarha’), compass roses as well as fishing camp-and harbour relics, for example. The entire Mikkelinsaaret belong to a World Heritage Site and numerous cruses are organized there in…

Kvarken Archipelago – Hunting

Hunting provided much-needed extra food in the archipelago, and was primarily pursued for meat. Hunting water birds used to be a significant way – next after seal hunting – to get fresh meat onto the archipelago household’s table.

Kvarken Archipelago – History of Fishing

Hunters and fishermen have roamed the Kvarken area since the Stone Age. Fishing and seal hunting were the main sources of livelihood from the Middle Ages up in the late 19th century.

Kvarken Archipelago – Fäliskäret, Rönnskären

Fäliskäret is a smallish, about 400 meter wide and a kilometer long C-letter shaped island that belongs to the Rönnskär archipelago and is located by the open sea. Its 22-meter high bell tower-like lighthouse is the oldest wooden sea mark…

Kvarken Archipelago – Ancient Relics

Human activity in the archipelago is closely related to fishing, seal hunting and seafaring. Our harsh archipelago, which is very rocky and has relatively scarce vegetation in places, creates unique conditions for ancient relics, and, due to the land uplift,…