Escape to the idyllic island paradise of Houtskär, where the soothing sounds of the sea and picturesque scenery await

Houtskär is a hidden gem located in the archipelago of Finland.

The island is known for its tranquillity, beautiful nature and unique culture. Nature lovers will be in heaven in Houtskär, as the island boasts an abundance of natural beauty. From green forests to clear waters, the island offers endless opportunities to explore the outdoors. Visitors can take a hike through the forests, go fishing, or take a boat to explore the numerous islands and skerries that makeup Houtskär, take a dip in the clear waters or sunbathe on the sandy beaches. The island is also home to charming restaurants and a beautiful boutique hotel where visitors can enjoy delicious food and a good night's sleep. The island's small community and ferry connections between the different islands only add to the charm of this one-of-a-kind place. Visitors can take a ferry to explore the different islands and experience the different cultures and traditions that make Houtskär so special.
One of the most striking things about Houtskär is the dialect spoken by the locals, known as "Houtskärskan." This dialect is different from any other spoken Swedish and is something that the locals are proud of. Visitors can experience the dialect by talking to the friendly locals in the villages and during events.
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Activitites in Houtskär

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Top three things to do in Houtskär

  • Näsby

    Restaurants, church and cultural trail
    The village is known for its rich culture and history, as well as its delicious local restaurants. Visitors can explore the village's history by visiting the beautiful Näsby Church, which dates back to the 18th century. The church is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike, and is known for its beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere.
    Have fun shopping in Pargas
  • Borgberget's view point

    Views all the way to Åland islands
    The viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and sea, and is the perfect spot to take in the natural beauty of the area. The viewpoint is located on the top of Borgberget hill and can be accessed via a short hike through the forest. Once at the top, visitors can take in the panoramic views and snap beautiful photos to remember their visit.
  • Hyppeis värdshus

    The perfect get away
    This boutique hotel boasts beautifully decorated guest rooms, each with its own unique character and charm, making it the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. The restaurant is known for it's unique concept and delicious food. Due to it's popularity it is recommended to book a table in advance.

Where to sleep in Houtskär

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Plan your road-trip around the archipelago trail

  • Day 1

    The first urban area on the Archipelago Trail, accessible via four sea bridges. The shops are located on Malmen, close to the charming channel flowing through the city. Gamla Malmen is a historic wooden house area that is worth visiting for a walking tour. Don't forget to see Finland's largest limestone mine, which can be viewed from a vantage point.
    Old town in Pargas
  • Day 2

    Nagu serves as a link between the outer archipelago and mainland, offering an archipelago idyll while still being easily accessible from the mainland. The area offers a variety of activities such as restaurant, port, events, beaches, forest, nature trails and sea.
    A drone shot from Nagu guest harbour
  • Day 3

    Korpo offers many activities and sights such as restaurants, shopping, nature trails, and places to visit like the gray stone church and archipelago museum. Korpo is known for its rich art and cultural life, including Korpo Sea Jazz and artist residencies.
    a couple walking hand in hand on a market at Korpo
  • Day 4

    Houtskär is known for its tranquility, beautiful nature, unique Swedish-speaking culture and dialect, small community and ferry connections between islands. The area offers a unique boutique hotels and delicious burgers at the guest harbor during summer.
    People sitting watching the sea at the island Houtskär in the Finnish archipelago
  • Day 5

    Iniö is an isolated part of the Finnish mainland’s archipelago, on the border of Åland. It can be reached in the summer by ferry from Houtskär in the south and year-round by ferry from Kustavi in the north. Iniö is known for its idyllic architecture, small old village communities, scenic dirt roads and boathouses. The area offers a wide range of services and the beach is never far away.
    A birdseye view over Iniö Kannvik

Find a restaurant in Houtskär

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Tourist Informations

Opening hours
Mon-Fri 10-18
Sat-Sun 10-18

Centris Äventyrsgolf,
Strandvägen 5b,
21600 Pargas

Nagu Strand 6,
21660 Pargas

Galtby Boden,
Skärgårdsvägen 6563,
21710 Pargas

21760 Pargas

23390 Pargas
Phone: +358 400 117 123Email: visit@pargas.fi
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