During the summer, most villages and ports on the Sea Eagle Trail offer a variety of services for boaters and canoes, and nature in Southwest Finland is at its peak. Even though there are fewer services available along the trail in the spring and autumn, visitors will be able to experience the peace and tranquility of life in coastal and archipelago villages as well as the awakening of the Archipelago Sea’s unique nature and the colourful autumn showcase.
The Sea Eagle Trail consists of eight stages. The total length of the trail is approximately 155 kilometres. The idyllic villages along the Salo coast and their sights can easily be reached in the beginning stages of the trail. In the middle stages of the trail, visitors will stop in at the villages in Kimito and the unique islands of the Archipelago National Park, with their charming excursion harbours and nature trails. At the end of the route there are fewer harbours and services available, but that also translates to the peace and quiet of rural landscapes.
The Sea Eagle Trail ranges from long and narrow sheltered bays between Kimito and Salo as well as between Kimito and Sauvo to the more open expanses of Klobbfjärden and Gullkrona bays.
When boating and paddling the trail, always respect the coastal and archipelago nature, local residents and other visitors. Read instructions and tips for sustainable and responsible hiking, kayaking and boating.
You can load the trail guide and map (pdf) here. (The pdf map is not suitable for navigation.)
The Sea Eagle Trail guide was produced in the Coastal Bootcamp project of Municipality of Kimitoön, Town of Pargas, Metsähallitus and Yrityssalo. Texts: Sanna-Mari Kunttu/Visit Kimitoön, Lena Nykänen/Visit Pargas, Päivi Pälvimäki/Metsähallitus ja Yrityssalo. Video editing: Katri Lehtola. Production: Päivi Pälvimäki/Metsähallitus. Translation: Lingsoft Language Services Oy
The Sea Eagle Trail is a long-distance water trail where traffic and weather conditions can vary greatly. The segment around the northern and eastern parts of Kimito is a narrower part of the trail that is protected by the mainland and islands. On the western and southern segments of the trail, the winds blowing across the west-facing bays of Peimari, Gullkorna and Hanko should be taken into account when planning your trip.
Some of the destinations and services along the trail are only open during the summer. Check the websites of sites and services for up-to-date opening hours and weather warnings in the area. Plan your trip carefully, i.e. book accommodations in advance and check the location of the camping sites. Please note that you can only stay on boats and camping sites on islands in the Teijo and Archipelago National Parks along the Sea Eagle Trail.
On the water
Use the trail in accordance with the water traffic rules, while exercising caution. As a rule, the trail described here follows the fairway marked on the nautical charts (lowest depth 2.9 m), but is only indicative. When navigating at sea, always use a nautical chart and/or chartplotter. The stage descriptions show the number of the nautical chart page where the stage and its harbours can be found. When exiting the fairway to turn into harbours and destinations, observe the trail and instructions for each guest, service and excursion harbour and guest pier. Links to harbour approach instructions can be found in the links of the stage pages. At the start point of the trail at Vuohensaari, the depth of the approach route is approximately 1.8 m. You can also start the trail from other harbours.
If you choose to take a shortcut after Dalsbruk, going from Falkofjärden under the Lövö bridge, heading straight to Högsåra island and skipping the stop in Kasnäs, the total trail length will be approximately 10 km shorter. The trail can be shortened by the same amount by heading straight to Purunpää on the fairway north of Brändö after passing under the Lövö bridge, and skipping Kasnäs and Högsåra.
Bridge underpass clearances: Pungböle bridge - 15.4 m, Strömma canal bridge - 3.4 m, Museum bridge - 2.1 m. The contact details for opening the Strömma canal bridge can be found on the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) website (in Finnish).
When paddling, you can choose more sheltered and shorter routes between destinations than those described in this trail guide. There are some tips on sheltered route alternatives for paddling the stages as well as information on landings only suitable for paddlecraft. When doing the trail by sailboat, the recommended starting points for the Sea Eagle Trail are Särkisalo in Salo, Dalsbruk or Kasnäs in Kimito, or Pargas Port.
Protecting against ticks.
Protect yourself from ticks. Ticks thrive particularly well in coastal and archipelago nature. Wear light-coloured clothing so that the dark-coloured ticks are easier to spot. When travelling in tall grass and forests, wear pants with the legs tucked into your socks. Inspect for ticks every night and remove any found with tick removers, which are sold in pharmacies.
In Finland, Everyman's rights mean that each and every person has the right to use nature regardless of who owns or occupies an area. Everyman’s rights may include boats, swimming, angling, roaming in forests, spending time and staying overnight on a temporary basis in areas where roaming is also permitted.
Visitors are usually free to roam inside national parks under their own power, except in restricted areas. Camping in national parks is only permitted at designated sites.
Tips and hints
The Sea Eagle Trail has both sheltered and more open stages. Wind conditions vary accordingly. Monitor weather forecasts regularly.
Boat rental agencies in Kimito (in Finnsh)
Other boating services in Kimito (in Finnish)
Boat maintenance services in Salo (in Finnish)
Boating services in Salo - in Mathildedal, Teijo and Kirjakkala
Kayak and boat rentals, Archipelago National Park partners
From the city centre of Salo, you can reach the starting point of the trail on Vuohensaari via Satamakatu. Distance is 4.4 km from City center. Signs for Vuohensaari Camping are posted on all main roads.
Along Satamakatu, which leads to Vuohensaari, there is an asphalted boat ramp on the Uskelanjoki River. The boat ramp is located halfway between the city centre and Vuohensaari island. Boat ramp information:
Salo Guide Map (the boat ramp and parking area on Satamakatu are indicated by the letter P on the guide map)
Coordinates: 60.367983, 23.094433
Harbour number: 0
Nautical chart series: 0
Nautical chart: B 642
ParkingThere is a parking area at the Satamakatu boat ramp. The parking lot is unguarded.
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EquipmentOnly bring along intact and well-maintained equipment and rescue equipment.
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