Dawn at Archipelago
Kayaking the Archipelago
Cycle tour at the Archipelago shore
Cycling the Archipelago Trail
Old town of Porvoo
Historic ironworks in Strömfors
Finland is not only the land of a thousand lakes, but also the land of a thousand islands. Because off the south and west coast lies the largest archipelago in the world. The rough, maritime landscape forms a successful contrast to the lively coastal towns and the relaxed way of life of the archipelago inhabitants. Finland's capital Helsinki is also situated on the coastline.
Discover the region
Photo: Visit Finland
The Archipelago along the finnish coastline is characterised by thousands of islands, rocks and cliffs that are scattered off the mainland.
Particularly worth seeing are the 20,000 islands between the city of Turku and the Swedish-speaking Åland Islands.
Along the rugged Baltic coast there are beautiful bays and long sandy beaches. A popular summer destination is Yyteri beach in Pori.
A visit to a lighthouse is a must on a tour along the coast. One of the most famous is the 150-year-old Söderskär lighthouse in the Porvoo archipelago near Helsinki.
On the land parts of Archipelago there are interesting wooden towns, medieval churches and castle ruins.
Historic ironworks can also be found along the Finnish coast. They played an important role in the region during and even before the industrial age.
Cities and regions in the Archipelago
Uusima and Southwest Finland
The Åland Islands are an autonomous, mainly Swedish-speaking region in Finland consisting of over 6700 islands. The islands are the intersection of trade routes across the Baltic Sea and are known for their rich flora and fauna.
Walks take you to the sea, where secluded bays, shallow beaches and the typical polished rocks are ideal for a bathing holiday. The capital Mariehamn has a long maritime tradition and is the only town in the almost untouched Archipelago.
Archipelago off the west coast
The Finnish west coast can easily be called the "Riviera of the North". Archipelagos and sandy beaches alternate with wooded towns worth seeing. Old lighthouses, historic manor houses and stone churches are also great destinations for a day trip.
Photo: Juho Kuva, Visit Finland
One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is Finland's most famous wooden town: Rauma. The entire old town falls under the category of works of art worthy of preservation and the stone hill graves of Sammallahdenmäki, which are not far away, also belong to the World Cultural Heritage.
On the way north, you will pass the surroundings of Pori, one of Finland's most popular summer destinations. Further north, Vaasa has a rich maritime and cultural past. Before the loneliness of Lapland, Oulu, the secret capital of northern Finland, is the last chance to get a taste of the big city air.