Boats at sea

Sea and Nature

Experience the beauty and mystery of the archipelago

Uusikaupunki is an old seaside town, and you can learn about its seafaring history in various museums and exhibitions. The seaside atmosphere is apparent on the cozy bayside boulevard right at the heart of the town.

Uusikaupunki is surrounded by a beautiful archipelago full of stunning natural scenery, idyllic islands, and the clear waters of the Bothnian Sea National Park. If you are arriving by boat, you can enjoy the services of the Pakkahuone guest harbour, which has been nominated the best in Finland. Pakkahuone, with its evening markets and other fun events, is a popular summer meeting place.

You can easily experience the wonders of the archipelago even without a boat of your own. Choose one of the many cruises on offer or board a taxi boat to see the sights, such as sunken sailing ships. On M/S Kerttu, you can sail to the Isokari lighthouse island or join a seal safari that will take you far out to sea. M/S Kerttu also offers guided sightseeing cruises where you can hear stories from the seaside town.

After boating, why not try some fishing or swimming. There are 11 public beaches in Uusikaupunki. Some of them are seaside beaches and some are lakeside beaches. Uusikaupunki is also a popular spot for fishing contests. The Street Fishing contest, where contestants fight for the title of Kalakunkku 2022 (king of fishers) will be organised in the town centre for the third time on 27 July.

The Velhovesi ring route is a route of bridges across the islands that lets you enjoy the beautiful archipelago without having to bother about boats or ferry timetables. You can cycle around the route and stop to enjoy the beautiful archipelago whenever you feel like it. You can also drive around the 50-kilometre route by car, admiring the sea views as you go. Another great location for enjoying the sea and nature is the Pamprinniemi nature trail in Pyhämaa. Hiunjärvi is a lake near the town centre that is a popular spot for birdwatching. There is also a nature trail around the lake.

On the Haidus island, you can find the summer restaurant Odine, and the nearby Pietarinkari island, which houses the local yacht club’s pavilion, will also get a new restaurant. In addition to the restaurant, the yacht club maintains its own guest harbour. 

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