On the last stage of our Scandinavian Crossing Tour we drive through Finland with the motorhome
When we made a small detour to Santa Claus in Rovaniemi on an earlier tour ( here the corresponding contribution ), we already had the wish to spend more time in Finland soon. Endless forests, countless lakes, moose, reindeer and the happiest people in the world - all of this makes us curious, so that on our “Scandinavian Crossing Tour” we completed a third of this tour with the motorhome in Finland. We report on our experiences, experiences and impressions in the following article:
It is already the beginning of October, it is already pitch dark outside and the rain is lashing over the deck of the "Wasa Express" ferry, which we use to transfer from Umeå (Sweden) to Vaasa (Finland). We land there around midnight, the front hatch opens and a short time later we drive the first kilometers through Finland. In front of us is an exciting route through the Finnish Lake District and parts of Karelia to Helsinki, from where we will return to Germany on a Finnlines ferry.
But before that there are unique landscapes to discover worldwide, to explore Finland and to visit the UNESCO World Natural Heritage area of Kvarken near Vaasa.
After about 20 minutes you can reach the longest high wire bridge in Finland, Raippaluodon Silta, from Vaasa. 82 meters high above the Baltic Sea, you cross the strait that separates the Finnish mainland from the archipelago island of Raippaluoto, thus reaching a special universe of thousands of islands, skerries and spars.
Numerous wooden boathouses line the waterline on their shores, quaint fishing ports testify to the abundance of fish in the surrounding waters and with a little luck you can watch the sea eagles making their circles in the sky. The landscape in the archipelago can be perfectly explored on one of the many marked hiking trails along the coast and the numerous picnic areas with its fireplaces also invite you to linger.
In the historic fishing port of Svedjehamn you will find the 20-meter-high Saltkaret observation tower (salt shaker) on a nature trail, which provides an unforgettable view of the Kvarken UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the glaciers in Scandinavia have almost completely melted, new islands, rocks and skerries have been rising from the sea here, creating an impressive and ever-changing landscape.
In any case, you should have binoculars with you, as this gives birth to perfect conditions for different bird species. A stay here can be combined well with an overnight stay in a motorhome on the official and very inexpensive motorhome parking spaces in Svedjehamn (4 euros) or on Sommarösund (10 euros).
The archipelago in the area is incredibly beautiful, so we spontaneously spend more time than planned in this region and visit some of the picturesque villages on the Baltic Sea. Especially in summer, it is also a good idea to take a boat to one of the many lighthouse islands and let the vastness in the middle of the archipelago take its toll on you. In addition to the mostly historical lighthouses, many windmills also testify to the way of life of people in earlier times. In Harrström you will find, among other things, one of the largest windmills in Finland still in existence today.
If you like it a bit more historical, you can also take a look at the ruins of the old town center of Vaasa, which was largely destroyed in a major fire in 1852. Nevertheless, the remains of this historic settlement are worth a visit, as they are monuments to the history of Vaasa.
After this multitude of maritime and historical impressions, we are now following one of the longest and still very little-known tourist streets, the "Blue Way" in an easterly direction, because on this route we reach the northern part of the lake area of Finland with our motorhome.