A recommended alternative to the other Storsand trail already present on Outdoor Active. Featuring sand dunes, forests of varying density and a stroll along the beach.
Located next to the beach of Storsand in Monäs, you will find a network of hiking trails moving through the woods. The path presented here comes recommended by a member of the local populace.
Located in the vicinity of one of the Finnish Natura 2000 nature preserve areas. Along this particular path of the network, the hiker will move across former beach dunes now flourishing with vegetation, and eventually emerge from the forest and reach the beach near the small island of Lotan. Along the trail you can find a barbecue area and cabin, erected through a private initiative.
After completing the trail, you will find yourself right on the beach next to the parking area where you started off. The surrounding area, and the nearby islands in the archipelago (part of the nature preserve), is also home to a rich variety of birdlife.
Parking is avilable in close vicinity to the starting point. You will also find a barbecue area and outdoors toilet facilities near to the starting point.
Make sure to write in the guestbook located in the cabin. There aren't any dustbins/garbage cans along the way so bring along a trash bag of your own.
The trails are generally well-maintained and easy to traverse, but there are a few patches (especially moving through the old-growth forest) when you should watch out for roots. The small wooden plank bridges can potentially be slippery when it's cold or wet outside.
If hiking in winter or just after heavy rains, make sure your boots are waterproof.
Appropriate clothes in accordance with current weather conditions, water, snacks and good shoes/boots.
If hiking in summer time, you might want to bring along swimming gear for when you reach the beach.
The beach is really popular in the summer time among locals and visitors alike, but worth a visit also off-season as nature is "cooling down".
From the center of Nykarleby, head west on Topeliusesplanden / Topeliuksenpuisto toward route 749. Turn right onto Norra Munsalavägen/Pohjoinen Munsalantie/Route 7270 and continue for approx. 10 km. Turn right onto Hirvlaxvägen / Hirvlaxintie route 7223, continue for 5.6 km, and turn right onto Monäsvägen / Monäsintie, route 7224, and continue for approx. 7 km. Then, turn left onto Storsandsvägen / Storsandintie and after about 4 km you've reached your destination!
Parking is avilable close to the start of the trail. There is one parking area located near the entrance to the nature preserve and beach, and one a near the barbecue area and pathway to the beach.