Bothnia Bay National Park is located in the Lapland regions of Finland, at the bottom of the Bothnian Bay, in the outer archipelago of Kemi and Tornio.
- The nature reserve, established in 1991, covers an area of 157 km², of which 2.5 km² is land. The area is managed by Metsähallitus.
- The islands in the Bothnia Bay National Park have been born with the rise of the land, and the landscape of the area is still constantly changing.
- There are also numerous traditional fishing bases in the area. For recreational fishermen, the sea provides clean waters, abundant with fish all year round. The whole area is an extensive traditional landscape, although one of the traditional uses of the area, hunting, is prohibited.
- The Park is accessible by boat, although a visit there is only recommended for experienced small 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.
- There is also an underwater nature trail for divers in the area.
- The number of visitors to this rather difficult to reach marine National Park is about 10,000 per year.
- Bothnian Bay National Park is situated on a land uplift coast. During the last Ice Age continental glaciers pressed a depression into the Earth’s crust, which was hundreds of metres deep. The National Park’s oldest island rose from the sea 1000 years ago.
- In addition to the arctic tern, which is the emblem bird for the Bothnian Bay National Park, you may also see the velvet scoter, the black guillemot, the ruddy turnstone, the temminck’s stint, the little tern or the greater scaup in the archipelago.
How to Get There?
- Bothnian Bay National Park is located in the northern-most part of the Baltic Sea, in the outer archipelago of towns of Tornio and Kemi. The area can only be reached by boat or – in winter – across ice.
- In winter the islands closest to mainland can be reached on ski or by snowmobile. The Kemi – Tornio deep-water channel is kept ice free and therefore visitors can not access the outer islands from Kemi. Visitors must go to these islands by ski or snowmobile from Tornio, which is on the west side of the channel.
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Customer Service and Guidance
- The area is open every day 24/7.
- Liminka Bay Visitor Centre
- Tel. int. + 358 206 39 6059.
- Email. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liminka Bay Visitor Centre is helping for customer service throughout the year.
Please read instructions and rules in Bothnia Bay National Park before visiting.
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