Kvarken is about 40 nautical miles wide channel between Finland and Sweden. Together with the High Coast (Höga Kusten) on the Swedish side of the gulf, the Kvarken Archipelago is included in the Unesco World Heritage list. In this area the land rises from the sea at the fastest rate in the world. In Kvarken this means, that shoreline advances about one centimetre per year.  Whereas High Coast has deep waters and high coastline, the Kvarken Archipelago is almost the opposite, as the islands are low-flying and waters shallow. However, the Kvarken archipelago has also some special rugged charm and we liked very much the landscape there. The area is also less crowded and in June we saw only a few boats at the sea and in Rönnskär we were the only boat in the harbour.

Rönnskär area is located next to the open sea, so the nature is typical for the outer Kvarken islands. Fäliskäret is the main island, and the island had an active pilot station from 18th century until the 1980s. The well-visible landmark on the island (when approaching from the sea) is a red wooden beacon, which was built in 1784.

We stayed in Fäliskäret (Rönnskär) for one night in end of June, before heading over the Gulf of Bothnia to High Coast in Sweden.

Not too crowded here 

 The old pilot station 
The red wooden beacon  is the Finland’s oldest preserved wooden beacon

 Rönnskär is located next to the open Gulf of Bothnia