Sauna trip in the Haparanda Archipelago
There is a nice smell of leaves in the sauna on Seskar- Furö in the Haparanda archipelago national park and just round the corner there is an outstanding island world with a magnificent landscape.
Your skipper on board the SS Bosmina is waiting for you on the quay in Haparanda with piping hot coffee and a tasty sandwich. You study the nautical chart before setting off on the boat trip of just over an hour to Seskar-Furö. You pass large and small islands, once formed by the inland ice, that consist solely of sand, gravel and shingle.
The Skipper will share tales of smuggling in the archipelago in bygone days. Grey seals stick their heads inquisitively up out of the shallow waters, birds screech loudly and their song is carried through the summer air. Wild geese, sea swallows and gulls breed on some of the islets.
When you reach Ove Medström’s fishing hamlet it’s time to go ashore. From there you take a short walk to see some of the island’s remarkable landscape. Here you see everything from pinewoods that look like primeval forests (its blackened trees partly damaged by storms) to huge sand dunes.
The sauna is already warm, the water on the stones is boiling hot. People are beating their bodies energetically with birch branches and now and then taking a dip in the sea to cool down. After the sauna everyone has a great appetite and is eager to get to the table. Smoked salmon is served on a bed of juniper twigs along with potatoes, vegetables, beer or soft drinks and coffee. All you need to do is enjoy the evening when the archipelago is at its best.