Services / Day hikes and longer treks / Hiking in Kvarken: Västerö Island

Our full-day or two-day hike will take you to varying terrain and landscapes of Västerö Island in Kvarken Archipelago. The nature paths run through beautiful conservation area on the island's west coast offering you an unique opportunity to camp by the sea.

 

Highlights:

  • Experiencing silence and the sense of wilderness in a beautiful conservation area

  • Combining hiking in the forest and the archipelago-experience by the sea

  • Possibility to camp by the sea


Quite steep ups and downs, deciduous forest turning into dominantly pine forest, flat paths going along the coast line, reddish pebbles and the real sense of wilderness − all these attributes describe well the varying nature in Västerö.

Västerö is situated about 50 kilometers North from the city of Vaasa. 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.

The possibility to camp right by the sea is special in Västerö. 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.

We are providing tents and other camping facilities − for the 2-day hike you would only need to bring your own sleeping bag and a small pillow on top of your personal gear. We are also happy to assist you with transport when necessary. Please, do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or further information. 

 

How to book?

AVAILABILITY: From 1st of May until end of September on any day. Please note that minimum group size is 2 people and maximum size 8 people. 

SUITABILITY: Västerö offers different routes from 3 to 12 km; the Southern loop that goes via Söderskatan runs through relatively flat and easy terrain offering a suitable hiking option for beginners and families. The Northern route via Gråberget to Lillasandviken offers more challenge and is recommend people who wish to take physically a bit more demanding hike. During the 2-day option we are going to explore both loops.

PRICE: 
Day hike 55€/adult, 27€/child, family package 150€ (including 2 adults and 2 children 7 to 15 years) (incl. VAT 24%)
Two-day hike 95€/adult, 47€/child, family package 260€ (including 2 adults and 2 children 7 to 15 years) (incl. VAT 24%)

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 with additional price (return from Vaasa 15€/person or 30€/family).

Please note that younger children are warmly welcomed for the one-day hike with parents as long as you take full responsibility over them and everyone is guaranteed space to focus on trekking. In case you would like to take small children along, please contact us before booking to confirm that the selected route will be suitable. Children under 7 years are free of charge. 

BOOK: Please sign up for this hike minimum 14 days prior the requested day by booking online (available just for the day hike) or by filling the booking form. If you are booking with short notice, please contact us for checking the availability.

 

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. For the 2-day hike it’s recommended to have 2 liters/person.

  • Feel free to take your own snacks along.

  • Good general health is required to take part into activities.

  • For the 2-day hike you will need your own sleeping bag, small pillow, and personal gear (e.g. clothes, hygiene products etc.)

 

How to get to Västerö?

Self-drivers

Västerö is located North from Vaasa in Maxmo in Vörå council. Self-drivers will be provided with driving instruction on booking.

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.

 

Sustainability info

- 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.

- All meals served during the hike are vegetarian due climate reason. We are also favoring fair trade products and seasonal, locally produced vegetables. Food waste is minimized.

- Products we use e.g. washing liquids, have an eco-certification or Nordic environmental label.

- We are highly recommending arrival to Vaasa by bus or train to avoid flying.

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