Gusty breeze, the definite sign of a seashore, welcomes us to the Björköby fishing harbour. We are in the very West of Finland, in the heart of country’s only nature destination listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ready to take you on a 2,5 kilometer hike to Finnhamn.
Experiencing the Kvarken UNESCO World Heritage Site
Local flora, fauna, and history along an easy hiking route suitable for all
Beautiful landscapes that camera loves
Gusty breeze, the definite sign of a seashore, welcomes us to the fishing harbour in Björkö island. We are in the very West of Finland, in the heart of country’s only nature destination listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This half-day hike will take us from Björköby fishing harbour to Finnhamn, which is the name of a narrow bay in the end of the cape. The hiking trail is in total 5 km long going through varying terrain from the boreal forest to the rocky shoreline including also historical sites e.g. "russian stoves", cooking stoves made of natural rocks by the Russian navy in the 18th century.
These rocky shores and forests have a lot to offer, and these particular parts are normally quiet. Hence the one who walks along the paths can truly stop to listen to the nature, and to spend a moment alone looking at the sea feeling something from past, when Björkö Island was much more isolated and not connected to the continent by a bridge.
At the end of the trail we will enjoy snacks with coffee and tea by a rustic fishing cottage to warm up during the cold season, or by the beach under the sun, and enjoy the beautiful view before turning back towards the fishing harbor. During summer, you have also an opportunity to test the sea temperature by taking a dip.
The snowfall varies from winter to winter and month to month changing the landscape. If there’s plenty of snow during winter, we’ll put on our snowshoes for the hike. Snowshoeing is a pleasant and fun way for enjoying winter as it is very gentle for joints but at the same time very good way to exercise. Even without snow, the frozen sea offers quite a unique view and reminds us of the power of nature.
On our way back to town we are going to stop by Svedjehamn to climb up to the sightseeing tower to admire the view and explore the land-lifting phenom and De Geer moraines formed during the ice age. Here you will hear a bit more about why the Kvarken Archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We are happy to assist you with transport when necessary. By request this hike can be organized as an overnight two-day version during the summer giving us the opportunity to for example fish and admire the sunset. Please, do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or further information.
how to book?
AVAILABILITY: All year round by request. Just please note that the minimum group size is 2 people and maximum size is 10 people.
SUITABILITY: This is an easy route and hence suitable also for beginners and for families.
PRICE: 35€/person, family package (2 adults and 2 children 7-17 years) 90€ (including VAT 24%).
Price includes guiding and refreshments (coffee, tea and juice + small snack).
BOOK: Please sign up for this hike by booking online or filling the booking form. If your requested date is closer than 7 days, please contact us to confirm the availability.
Looking for further information about the trail? Please, read our blog about Walk to Finnhamn.
WHAT TO BRING?
You will need to have comfortable outdoor clothing, and hiking or good walking shoes for moving in the forest and nature trails.
Please bring your own filled water bottle.
Feel free to bring also your own snacks.
Good general health is required to take part into practical activities.
HOW TO GET TO BJÖRKÖBY FISHING HARBOR?
Vikarskat fishing harbour is located in Björkö island that belongs in Mustasaari council. You will find the right place in navigator by writing Björköby fiskehamn. The address is Vikarskatvägen 426. There is a sign for the fishing harbour when to reach to Svedjehamn - just look for the sign before entering the parking lot, as you need to turn right.
Transport from Vaasa
We are happy to organize return transport for participants without vehicle from Vaasa city center. Contact us for more information on pick-up location and time.
- Group is kept small in order to mitigate the impact on nature during the hike.
- All rubbish is recycled and we are using bio-degradable cups or cups made of recycled material.
- We are favoring fair-trade products and serve only fair-trade coffee and tea.
- We are highly recommending arrival to Vaasa by using either bus or train to avoid flying.
- Natural world heritage and local history is discussed during the hike.