Welcome to Kvarken Archipelago
Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2006, Kvarken stretches across to the Umeå region of Sweden and includes the sea and islands between the two countries. The land here is rising at an astonishing rate – around 8mm per year. During the last ice age, the weight of the ice covering Kvarken depressed the earth's crust by up to 1km. Since the ice melted, the pressure has been released and new islands are emerging – it’s estimated that by the year 4500, a land bridge will join Sweden and Finland. Vaasa’s Terranova is a great place to learn more. Kvarken Archipelago (www.kvarkenworldheritage.fi) is also a great source of information about the World Heritage Site.
Kvarken’s most accessible point is Replot (Finnish: Raippaluoto), a large island just off the Vaasa coast, linked by Finland’s longest bridge (1.045km), which opened in 1997.