Haparanda Archipelago National Park

The Bothnian Coast

This gorgeous national park covers the Swedish side of the islands and is to the west of the Finnish Perämeri National Park. There are two relatively large islands, Sandskär and Seskar Furö, and a number of smaller islands and reefs. There are ringed and grey seals, plus numerous bird species. Regular boat trips head out to the islands of the national park from Haparanda – check for the latest at the tourist office.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Bothnian Coast attractions

1. Aineen Taidemuseo

7.45 MILES

Finnish art from the 19th and 20th centuries from the private collection of Veli Aine, a local business tycoon, is displayed at the attractive modern…

2. Museum of Tornio Valley

7.46 MILES

This museum, only a 200m walk from Haparanda's Tourist Office and into Finland, showcases Tornio Valley culture and history on both sides of the Swedish…

3. Tornionlaakson Maakuntamuseo

7.48 MILES

Tornio's local historical museum was founded in 1914 and has an interesting, recently renovated collection of old artefacts and costumes. Its Encounters…

4. Tornion Kirkko

7.75 MILES

Completed in 1686, this charming wooden church, visited by King Charles XI of Sweden in 1694, is topped by a shingle roof.

5. Perämeri National Park

13.37 MILES

Off the Kemi–Tornio coast, Perämeri National Park is an archipelago of small islands that’s an important conservation area for seals and a richly…

6. Jalokivigalleria

14.06 MILES

More than 3000 beautiful, rare stones and jewellery from 60 countries are displayed at the Gemstone Gallery, set in an old seaside customs house. Stones…

7. Santa's Seaside Office

14.09 MILES

Kemi's newest attraction, opened in 2017, is Santa's Seaside Office – a collection of cute red-painted timber buildings overlooking the waterfront, which…

8. Lumilinna

14.61 MILES

Few things conjure fairy-tale romance like a snow castle. First built in 1996 as a Unicef project, this is a Lapland winter highlight and a favoured…