Haparanda Skärgård National Park

Haparanda Skärgård National Park was formed in 1995 and is part of the Norrbotten archipelago near the Finnish border.

The largest island in the national park is Sandskär, an island with varied nature and an intriguing history that includes seal hunters and shipwrecked sailors. The park has an area of 60 square kilometres.

The purpose of the national park is to preserve a unique archipelago landscape in essentially untouched condition.

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Haparanda Skärgård National Park is close to the Finnish border, at the far end of Bottenviken. Many people come to the national park in their own boats. On Sandskär the best place to put in is at the Kumpula fishing camp in the south or by the sandy beach on the east side of Nordrevet.

Tour boats go to Sandskär from the Haparanda harbour in Nikkala. You can book tours and cabin accommodations at the Haparanda tourist office. You get to the harbour via a side road from the E4, 11 km west of Haparanda. From the E4 it is six kilometres to the harbour.

HaparandaTornio Tourist Office website
Heart of Lapland website

  • National parks and nature reserves

    Mar 16

    Today there are primarily two ways to protect nature in Sweden: as a national park or a nature reserve. A National Park offers the strongest protection. This protection is given only to a small number of scenic and extremely valuable areas. Together, the national parks form an entity of nature types which are typical for and unique to Sweden. By protecting them we can preserve our common natural and cultural heritage. In Sweden, there are 30 national parks, eight of which ...