The gear is packed. The packrafts are inflated. The sails are ready. And so we are. There are some clouds in the sky and the wind is strong and blowing in the right direction, our destination being the fortress island of Örö, which is located in the outer archipelago and is one of the last big islands before the open sea. With its reach military history and beautiful and diverse nature, it is truly a gem that cannot be overlooked. And we want to see it as well…

Örö Fortress Island - A Mediterranean gem in Finland

Nature Centre “Blue Mussel” – The Entrance to The Archipelago

This gate is the entrance to the Archipelago Nature Centre “Blue Mussel”, which is truly an entrance to the Finish Archipelago and a good starting point of any trip.

Örö Island Finland Archipelago Nature Centre Blue Mussel Blåmusslan Kasnäs entrance

At the Archipelago Nature Centre Blue Mussel we received plenty of information and very good service from their staff. If you want to know more about the flora and fauna of the Finnish Archipelago, this centre is just the place for you. Please note that, while all information boards are in Finnish and Swedish, it is possible to ask for a booklet with the information in English as well.

Örö Island Archipelago Nature Centre Blue Mussel Blåmusslan Kasnäs

Patrick with the English booklet in the tower of the Nature Centre.

Örö Island Finland Archipelago Nature Centre Blue Mussel Blåmusslan Kasnäs

The tower can be used to enjoy the view of the area, but also as a quiet place to enjoy reading about the Archipelago, as there are sitting places and books available there.

Örö Island Finland Archipelago Nature Centre Blue Mussel Blåmusslan kasnäs