Bothnian Bay National Park
Located in the outer archipelago of Kemi and Tornio, the Lapland region of Finland.
- The nature reserve, established in 1991, covers an area of 157 km², of which 2.5 km² is land.
- The islands in the area have been born with the rise of the land, and the landscape 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.
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