If you are looking for a trail featuring sand dunes, salt air and forests of varying age, this trail comes highly recommended. A popular destination among the locals.
Next to the beach of Storsand in Monäs, you will find a network of hiking trails moving through the woods. The path presented here has been marked out through a private initative.
Located in the vicinity of one of the Finnish Natura 2000 nature preserve areas, the Storsand hiking trail offers the visitor a chance to see and experience clear results of the isostasy in the area. Along this particular path of the network, the hiker will move across former beach dunes that during the course of time have become home to forests and vegetation.
After completing the trail, the beach is just a few minutes away and accessible through either wooden outdoor stairs or just a short walk from the barbecue area.
This 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.
If you're visiting during a sunny (and perhaps not too cold) day, be sure to check out the beach while you're at it.
Fairly easy hike with clear paths. Bring along good shoewear and water.
Decent shoes or boots, appropriate clothing in accordance with the weather at the time of embarking on the hike. In summer, there might be mosquitoes around in certain areas along the path so you might want to bring a mosquito net to protect your head (and make the hike less annoying).
The Storsand area is a popular destination among both locals and visitors. The beach draws families and others alike. Bring snacks or a simple lunch and spend some time exploring the area - trash cans available near the parking lot!
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.