Customer Service and Guidance

Services Offered by Enterprises and Organisations in the National Park

Meals, Where to Buy and Prepare

Cafés, Restaurants and Shops

  • There are several cafés, restaurants and markets in the towns of Kemi (www.visitkemi.fi) and Tornio (www.haparandatornio.com).

Campfire Sites

  • Campfires can only be lit at the north-end of Selkä-Sarvi Island and on Vähä-Huituri Island at designated capfire sites.
  • Campfire sites have firewood shelters and dry toilets.
  • Making open fires is always prohibited at both marked campfire sites and when fires are permitted by the land owner if a forest fire warning has been issued for the area (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).
    • This prohibition does not apply to cooking shelters or other fireplaces with a flue.

Drinking Water

  • Visitors must bring their own drinking water. The water of the well in the Selkä-Sarvi Island fishing village is not suitable for drinking.

Waste Management

  • There are no waste-bins in the park. Measures should be taken in advance to avoid taking unnecessary waste into the area. Biodegradable waste should be placed in a dry toilet or composter, and small amounts of clean paper and cardboard can be used as kindling in a campfire. Read more about Hiking without littering.

Toilets

  • There are dry toilets at the north and south end of Selkä-Sarvi Island, at the Vähä-Huituri campfire site and in the fishing village on Pensaskari Island.

Overnight Stays

Camping

  • A camping site can be found at the north-end of Selkä-Sarvi Island.

Open and Reservable Wilderness Huts

Landing Places

  • Suitable places for boaters to spend the night are the excursion harbour at the north-end of Selkä-Sarvi Island and the landing places on the islands of Iso-Huituri and Pensaskari.

Lodging in the Surrounding Area

  • Guestharbours and hotels can be found in Kemi (www.visitkemi.fi) and Tornio (www.haparandatornio.fi).

Services for Boaters

Waterways

  • The waterways to the National Park's islands are not marked.
  • From Tornio an 8 metre deep route cuts through the National Park.

Excursion Harbours and Landing Places

  • The excursion harbour at the north-end of Selkä-Sarvi island can fit 10-20 boats, with a maximum draught of 2,5 metres, depending on how the boats are anchored. Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 36.9' lon: 24° 12.0' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7279868 E: 371038.
  • At the north-end of Pensaskari island there is a harbour (Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 40.7750' lon: 24° 13.7482' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7287001 E: 372696) and a buoy (Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 40.7685' lon: 24° 13.4425' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7287000 E: 372462). Overnight stay is not allowed at Pensaskari. For overnight stay one should use the harbour at Selkä-Sarvi island.
  • The shores of island are shallow and rocky, so landing on most shores is impossible with a large boat. A rowboat or dinghy are the best way to access these shores.

Boat Launch Ramps

  • The sailing centre (purjehduskeskus) at Ulleninranta in Kemi has a concrete covered boat launch ramp.
  • The Myllyniemi service harbour at Sotisaari in Kemi has a gravel covered boat launch ramp.
  • Other places with boat lauch ramps are Röytä in Tornio and Ajos in Kemi.

Other Services for Boaters in the Surrounding Area

  • The sailing centre (purjehduskeskus) (Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 43.7' lon: 24° 33.5' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7291805 E: 388025) at Ulleninranta in Kemi has facilites such as; electrical supply points, suction draining, chemical toilet waste disposal, showers, a laundry machine, waste bins and a public phone.
  • The Myllyniemi service harbour (Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 65° 46.4' lon: 24° 30.4' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7296910 E: 385856) on Sotisaari Island in Kemi has facilities such as; electrical supply points, drinking water distribution, a café, toilets and waste bins.
  • Toranda service harbour in Tornio, restaurant, water, electrical supply points, shower, sauna. 

Other Services in the Surrounding Area

  • The closest places to find more services are Kemi (www.visitkemi.fi) and Tornio (www.haparandatornio.com).

Selkä-Sarvi Island's excursion harbour. Photo: Lentokuva Vallas Oy

Services Offered by Partners in Bothnian Bay National Park

ilmatieteenlaitos.fiCheck for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Check the current warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi).

Destination Brochure

Bothnia Bay National Park Brochure

Destination brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Meriopas.fi - Marine navigator's map service compiles marine information and introduces the underwater biology of the coastal areas (www.meriopas.fi).

Underwater photo: Heidi Arponen, Marine biologist, Metsähallitus.