UNESCO world heritage sites
Besides the magnificent nature has the Finnish Archipelago other highlights to offer. Finland holds seven Unesco World Heritage sites of which six are cultural and one is natural. Three of them are located on the Finnish coast. Most of the sites were inscribed in the 90’s. The Kvarken Archipelago and Struve Geodetic Arc are the newest additions to the list that includes for example Fortress of Suomenlinna and wooden town in Old Rauma.
The Kvarken Archipelago: Nature with distinction (3)
The Kvarken Archipelago (Finland) and the High Coast (Sweden) are situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, a northern extension of the Baltic Sea. The 5,600 islands of the Kvarken Archipelago feature unusual ridged washboard moraines, ‘De Geer moraines’, formed by the melting of the continental ice sheet, 10,000 to 24,000 years ago.