This one full-day or two-day hike will take to you to Västerö island located on the borders of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kvarken Archipelago. The nature paths run through beautifull conservation area on the island's west coast. Västerö is situated about 50 kilometres North from the city of Vaasa.
The landscape is dominated by pine trees and the Gråberget area is among the highest places in otherwise very flat Ostrobothnia. Jättkastet is Västerö’s highest peak reaching to 29,4 metres above the sea level. There are alternative routes giving opportunities to choose between easy and a bit more challenging hiking routes.
What is special is that in Västerö it is possible to camp right by the sea. As the landscapes open towards the west, there are perfect locations for admiring the sun sets and the night-less nights of Finnish summer ─ as well as the view to World Heritage Site and to Mikkelinsaaret where one may also take a day trip by boat.
Västerö offers also plenty of historical sites and stories along the nature paths. If we continue up until Lillsandviken in the Northern end of the nature route, we may see the cliff of Ryssberget named after a Russian ship that crushed against the rocks in an autumn storm in 1714.
In Söderskatan visitors may sleep over in an old fisherman’s cottage or sauna that was once used as a fishing base. There’s also an old landing spot where guns and solders trained in Germany were smuggled in by the Finnish independence movement during the first World War in 1917.
What we particularly like is that the nature paths in Västerö are quiet. There’s space to be and enjoy the nature without crowds, as other hikers are a relatively rare sight.
Time: For one-day hike we are leaving Vaasa at 9.00 and returning at 17.00.
For the two-day hike we are leaving Vaasa at 9.00 and returning the next day at 14:00.
Price: For one-day hike 55€/person, children 7 to 15 years 15€/child.
For two-day hike 85€/person, children 7 to 15 years 25€/child.
Please note that minimum group size is 2 people and maximum size 8 people.
For the one-day hike the price includes guiding and a lunch prepared together by the fire. For the two-day hike we are also going to make dinner and breakfast on the following morning. We are happy to assist you with transport when necessary (return from Vaasa 15€/person).
Please note that younger children are warmly welcomed for the one-day hike with parents as long as parents take full responsibility over them and everyone is guaranteed space to focus on trekking. Children under 7 years are free of charge.
Register: Please sign up for this hike minimum 7 days prior the requested day by filling the booking form
Payment: On the spot with cash or by bank or credit card.
Gear: Please, remember to wear proper walking shoes and comfortable outdoor clothing, and bring a water bottle and snacks along. You don't need to bring your own tent along if you wish to do the two-day hike, but in this case please bring your own sleeping back and personal gear.