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9 things to do with children in the archipelago

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People sitting by a Laawu in Naawa Nature Camp on Korpo

Finland is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, and the archipelago is no exception. With over 40,000 islands, there’s no shortage of things to do with children in the Finnish archipelago. From exploring the outdoors to learning about local culture, here are 10 things you can do with your little ones in this stunning part of the world:

1. Go island hopping around the outer archipelago

One of the best things to do in the Finnish archipelago is to go island hopping. You can take the free M/S Baldur from Pärnäs, Nagu and explore the islands in the outer archipelago. There are various islands to discover in the outer archipelago, so you can explore the unique landscapes, beaches, and trails. Kids will love the boat ride and discovering new places to explore. There are also cafés and restaurants on many of the islands.

Read more about the outer archipelago by clicking here.

2. Go birdwatching

The archipelago is home to a diverse range of bird species, including sea eagles, cormorants, and black guillemots. Kids will love spotting these birds in their natural habitat.

3. Try kayaking and SUPing

The calm waters of the archipelago are perfect for kayaking or SUPing, and it’s a great way to explore the islands and coastlines. Many local companies offer rentals and guided tours, so you can choose the level of adventure that’s right for your family.

Check out Nagu Seakayak for kayak rentals in Nagu

4. Enjoy the beaches

The archipelago has several beautiful beaches that are perfect for a day of sun, sand, and swimming. Kids will love playing in the water, building sandcastles, and enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings.

5. Pargas Central Park

Make a pitstop at Pargas Central Park on your family trip to the Finnish archipelago! Little ones will love the new playground and pedal-powered merry-go-round, as well as exploring Finnish designer Stefan Lindfors’ Lucienus Alienus sculpture. The park also boasts a 6-hole DiscGolfPark for beginners, a stunning hydrangea collection, and a café. Plus, the park has received the Green flag award for its well-kept green spaces.

6. The “Dog Track”

Get your heart rate up at Pargas’ “Dog Track” exercise staircase! With 471 steps, it’s perfect for a workout or just climbing to the top for a breathtaking view of Pargas, the sea, and the limestone quarry. The staircase is named after the machinery that deposited the limestone waste to build the hill, nicknamed “Dog Track.”

7. Nagu-nalle trail

Looking for a fun adventure for your young children? Check out the Nagu-nalle trail! Starting near Framnäs beach at Nagu Marina, this trail is perfect for little ones and features Frille the Guinea Pig, Olle the Snake, and Lala the Leopard on a quest for excitement. Along the way, you’ll encounter feathered friends, dancing bumblebees, and other forest creatures. Don’t miss out on this exciting family activity in the Finnish Archipelago!

8. Travel by the ferry

Travelling by ferry is an adventure, especially on the ferry between Houtskär and Korpo where you can head up to the passenger lounge to take in the stunning archipelago views. For an even more remote experience, smaller ferries can take you to the outer archipelago. Don’t forget to bring binoculars to spot seabirds; you might even see a majestic white-tailed eagle!

9. Courses and camping at Naawa

Naawa offers a range of exciting outdoor experiences in the stunning Finnish archipelago, perfect for families with children looking to explore the beauty of nature. Whether you’re looking to learn survival skills, cook outdoors, or attend a nature school, Naawa has something to offer for all ages and interests. With activities available in Swedish, Finnish, and English, Naawa’s experienced instructors will guide you through the basics of outdoor living, all while enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the archipelago. Contact Naawa today to plan your next adventure with your family!