Gulf of Finland National Park
Located in coast and archipelago, in the areas of Hamina, Kotka, Pyhtää and Virolahti, the Kymenlaakso region of Finland.
- The Park was established in 1982 and covers 6.7 square kilometers on land. The area consist about 100 small islands and islets, some of which grow forest, mostly pine trees.
- Most of the islands are treeless rocks with sheer shores. Their sheerness is due to the rapakivi granite splitting in a sharply cubical manner.
- The importance of the eastern Gulf of Finland has been internationally recognised: the region has been designated as an Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Area (EBSA) by the Convention on Biological Diversity.
- The Park is accessible by boat, although a visit there is only recommended for experienced boaters. During the winter, you can access the closest islands by skis or by snowmobile. The construction of excursion and shelter ports has increased the number of boat tourists.
- The number of visitors is about 15,000+ per year.
- The national park is known for its aquatic bird fauna. The most common aquatic birds are the goosander and tufted duck. Other birds, including the razorbill and black guillemot, nest on the park’s protected islands.
- Gulf of Finland National Park has marked hiking trails in Ulko-Tammio and Mustaviiri.
- Particularly suitable for boaters, and hikers in good condition, because the terrain is mostly difficult. No services for visitors with mobility difficulties. Pitkäviiri, an esker jutting out from the sea, is a popular destination for families in the summer due to its shallow sandy beaches.
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