Cruising through the world’s largest group of islands in Archipelago National Park in the waters between Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden provides an incredibly beautiful, serene atmosphere. There are more than 41,000 islands and islets here covering 500 square kilometres.
The islands vary in size and offer views of rural countryside speckled with large and small homes, boat houses and charming small villages. Some of the islands have sandy beaches, while others are rocky, without trees. The main larger islands offer ferry service.
Baltic cruise ships glide slowly as they navigate their way through the intricate network of islands in the waters between Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program
This area is part of the Archipelago Sea and Archipelago Biosphere Reserve and is recognized by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program.
The population in this area decreased in 1950-60s as people seeking work moved to the cities when the fishing industry died down. Recently tourism has helped rekindle growth in the area.
Rare plants have been seen growing on a few of the islands. There are also rare mammal or endangered birds found here.
The islands are home to many types of migratory seabirds. The number of great cormorants have increased over the years and in some areas you can see the result of their colonization. The guano (bird poop) is destroying plant life.
- There are more than 41,000 islands and islets.
- Archipelago National Park has the world’s largest group of islands.
- Birds in the area include common eider, great cormorants, black guillemot, oystercatcher, white-tailed eagle and rock pipit.
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