In the middle of the village stands the medieval grey stone church, the oldest building in the area. Walking around the church, you can see the old, incredibly strong stone walls, built by diligent men in the past from stone blasted from the adjacent mountain, winched up with tallies and joined into the walls so that the outside is smooth and uniform - there is neither money nor technology to build similar churches nowadays.
When you enter the church, you step back in time, in a way, several hundred years. Looking from the aisle at the position of the windows in relation to the arches and at the design of the windowless north wall, you can see details that allow you to imagine what the church looked like in the 14th century: much lower and with a completely different design from today's church, which was given its appearance in the 1430s.
The images of saints, the vault paintings and the chancel lectern bring to mind the 15th century, when the church was still a Catholic sanctuary. The old building has a rare atmosphere of sanctity, shaped by centuries of worship, prayer and hymn singing, of baptisms, weddings and funerals. It can still make itself felt to the visitor who stops for a moment and lets the details and the whole speak for themselves.
The church is usually open daily from 9 am to 3 pm, in summer all day.
A visitor center for science, nature, art and culture! Here you can take part in various exhibitions, eat a good meal with a sea view, play archipelago scientist in the Kids Lab, visit the Handicrafts workshop and shop with locally made handicraft products and learn more about Archipelago Sea Unesco Biosphere Reserve.
Barefoot path is an exhibition of environmental art and site-specific works in the idyllic village of Österretais in Korpo. It invites the public to take part in the unique archipelago nature and also experience exciting contemporary art created in collaboration with the environment.
In 2022, the traditional exhibition path is set in RESTING MODE.
Korpo Local History museum is located within walking distance from Korpo center. In the lush farmyard of the homestead you can enjoy a moment of tranquillity and travel back in time. Visit the servant's cottage, Ida's cottage, the forge and the many different stalls with old tools and see how the Korpo people lived in the past. There is a lot of knowledge to be gained here!
Korpo Local History Museum is open daily during the season (June-August). Out of season open by appointment.
Address: Strömmavägen 39, 21710 Korpo
For those who like to shop, Korpo has a lot to offer despite its small size! The lifestyle shop Amalia's Hem is already something of a shopping mecca for many long-distance travellers, but Korpo also has many other interesting shopping spots. Here you will find a list of shops in Korpo
Do you want to experience Korpo as a local? Then you should visit Korpo outside the summer season. Take a trip out to the archipelago for the weekend and meet the locals at a Pub Bingo/Quiz at Hjalmar's restaurant on a Friday night. Take a tour of the village, visit the local shops and soak up the peaceful off-season atmosphere. Perhaps you'd like to hire a bike or a kayak and explore the islands and villages?
Hike through the world's most beautiful archipelago from island to island. The St Olav Waterway hiking trail runs from Turku via the archipelago to Åland, Sweden and Norway. In Korpo there are several places where you as a hiker can get food, accommodation and a St Olav stamp. Check the website for more info: https://stolavwaterway.com/
Carfield has a wide range of rental bikes all year round. With Carfield bikes you can comfortably cycle from island to island and leave your bike at a different location than where you rented it.
Newly opened Korpo Kajakbod at Verkan rent both kayaks and SUP boards. Never kayaked before? No problem! Sara & Andi can guide you so that you are safe and secure during your kayak trip.
Would you like to know more about Korpo, the history of Korpo or the UNESCO Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve? The Archipelago Guides organise walking tours of various historical sites in Korpo during the summer. Contact them for more information and private tours - Website
Maybe you don't have your own boat but would like to go out to sea? Then you can take a ferry! There are many ferry routes from Korpo. Here you will find more information about ferry routes and timetables.
Many people have been won over by the health benefits of winter swimming. From November to April, you can go winter swimming and to the sauna on Saturdays in Verkan. One-time cost €5 and is organized by the association Folkhälsan i Korpo rf. More info
The world's most beautiful archipelago has a landscape that constantly changes from rugged rocky islands to vibrant archipelago villages and from open sea to sheltered bays. The Archipelago Sea has more islets and skerries than anywhere else. Embark on a captivating adventure in the labyrinths of the archipelago or experience the freedom of the open sea either by your own boat, kayak or on one of the ferries! - Website
The Biosphere Trail is a nature trail of about 1.5 km in the Verkan area behind the school centre. The nature trail has been created by the Archipelago Sea UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in cooperation with the City of Pargas and local associations. The theme of the nature trail is the balance between nature and man. The trail highlights the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the unique culture and nature of the archipelago. The nature trail starts at Korpo Day Care Centre and goes through the forest and over the hills to Verkan Guest Harbour.
Out in the Archipelago Sea National Park there are several nature paths. For example, Konungskär and Stora Hästö have beautiful nature paths. To get there you need to go by boat or kayak. If you don't have your own boat a taxi boat is an option, or you can rent a kayak at Korpo Kajakbod. More info here: https://www.utinaturen.fi/skargardshavet/leder
In Korpo you will find a very beautiful public swimming beach at Likholmen by Kuggviken. The sandy beach is shallow and suitable for children. The beach also has tables and benches, a changing room and a jetty with a ladder from which you can dive. To get to the beach, drive past Kyrkbyn in the direction of Strömma. At the fork in the road to Hväsby, turn in the opposite direction, to the right down towards the Kuggviken boat docks. Drive past the parking lot and onto the small forest road. There you will find a small car park and from there cross the small wooden bridge and follow the path to the beach.
NOTE! In high season it may be worthwhile to look for parking further away from the beach and walk the last bit. The car park can be very crowded and there is little room to turn around and drive back if the car park is full.
The beautiful island of Wattkast is reached via a bridge. Stop for a while on the bridge and enjoy the view! Wattkast is the village of farm shops; there are no less than four farm shops on Wattkast. - map
Korpoström is one of the villages in Korpo with the most dramatic history. As a hub for shipping, the village has seen a lot happen. Here you can download the app "Coastal Past" and go on a historical walk around Archipelago Centre Korpoström. Among other things, you will get to know more about The battle of Korpoström in 1743. In Korpoström you can also look into Korpoströms magazine and shop for local vegetables and handicrafts, or visit the Archipelago Centre Korpoström - map
The road to Rumar goes through many beautiful small villages such as Rosklax, Syvelax and Böhle. Open fields, old houses and narrow roads; the feeling when cycling through the inland villages of Korpo is special. With the sea in the distance, there is a special peace here. In Rumar you will find, for example Hanna's B&B, beautiful hills to stop and have a picnic on, and newly opened Rumar Strand with a restaurant, beach, kayak rental, marina and accommodation cottages - map
Österretais Village is one of the most visited villages in Korpo because of the popular environmental art and site-specific exhibition Barefoot Path and well-respected Hotel Nestor & Restaurant Back Pocket. In addition to these popular destinations, there are also beautiful small roads and fields to cycle or walk along - map
In addition to being a hub for the ferries to Houtskär, Norrskata and Åland, Galtby also has a café and kiosk at the ferry terminal. If you turn off towards Galtby Bay, you will soon find a charming sandy road and a few hundred metres into the road also charming Naawa Nature Camp – map
A stone's throw from Korpo is the island of Norrskata. You can get there by ferry from Galtby (see the timetables here) On the island there is among other things a nature path and a beautiful wooden church from the 1930s. In the former school there is a school museum that Norrskata Village Council keeps open by appointment.
NOTE! Remember to respect other people's privacy, houses and yards! It is not allowed to enter private yards even though they are close to the road. You are also not allowed to visit private beaches, make a fire or walk in cultivated fields. If you are not sure what applies, you can read more about the every-mans-right here
Korpo Sea Jazz is a bold, modern, and at times experimental jazz festival, where the program consists of contemporary jazz music with top domestic musicians. The intimate archipelago festival invites you to leave city life behind and experience the beauty of the Archipelago Sea and feel the presence of nature. Here, both the music and the sun pamper the audience! More info
The festival is organised by Korpo Jazz rf., which also organises the Korpo Sea Jazz festival. The festival has been profiled as a special forum for Sibelius᾿ music - at the concerts you can listen to both unusual pieces from the youth repertoire and more well-known masterpieces, often in combination, so that the different stylistic stages of the composer can highlight each other. More info
Motströms - Vastavirtaan Festival is a collective name for the music and other cultural events that the association Korpo Kulturgille rf organizes during the period May - September.
On the second Saturday in June, the local residents gather for a joint party to celebrate the start of the summer season. The summer start is a collaboration between Pro Korpo r.f., associations and entrepreneurs operating on the island. Every year, fun activities are organised by the associations and entrepreneurs, such as fashion shows, tractor exhibitions and tractor cavalcades around the village, stand-up, pop-up cafés, street food, market square sale and so on. Contact Pro Korpo r.f. for more information about the Summer Start.
Korpo Philosophy Days is an annual event organised in July by the Folkets Bildningsförbund r.f. For more information and programme check the website.
The Korpo Runt race for both keelboats and general-purpose boats is an open competition where everyone is welcome. The race is organised by Korpo Sjöfarare r.f..
Welcome to experience the magnificent archipelago of Turku and the five main islands of the archipelago town of Pargas! Each island is special and has its own charm. The route winds its way through ancient archipelago communities that offer visitors a variety of services in summer.
The Archipelago trail celebrated 25 years in 2021! Hundreds of thousands have experienced the route since its initiation in 1996, by motor vehicle, bicycle or on foot. Next summer, the 250 km long route will be open in its entirety from 12 May to 3 September 2023.
Travel by car, bus, bicycle or foot- you choose
Length: 250km (of which 220km is road)
Recommended time: 2-5 days
On the Small Archipelago trail you can drive around the archipelago all summer long from mid-May to early September. By car, the trip can take just a day, and by bike a couple of days. If you follow the fastest route, the journey totals about 120 km. The Little Ring Road is located in the area of five towns and 2/3 of the whole road is on islands. Along the route there are 15 year-round inhabited islands and a few uninhabited islets. The Small Archipelago trail is part of the more extensive Archipelago Trail route.
Hike through the world's most beautiful archipelago from island to island. The journey takes you from Turku Cathedral in Finland to Åland - the Islands of Peace - and on to Sweden. In Sweden you have several alternative routes to choose from for the final destination in Trondheim, Norway.
The St. Olof Seaway from Turku to Grisslehamn is both an official Olof Seaway and a European cultural route.
From the harbour in Pärnäs, Nagu you can take M/S Baldur to the following islands:
Link to Meritie.fi
From Galtby you can choose between three different ferry lines:
From Verkan you can take M/S Fiskö to the following islands:
Finnö / Käldersö / Elvsö / Berghamn / Lillpensar / Storpensar / Brunskär
/ Österskär / Kälö
Link to saaristolinjat.fi
Korpo is also the "door" to the Archipelago Sea National Park, which has received a UNESCO award for its unique nature. Various ferries operate to inhabited islands in the national park, including the M/S Baldur (from Pärnäs in Nagu), M/S Fiskö (from Verkan in Korpo) and M/S Falkö (from Kirjais in Nagu), but they are generally intended for residents of the islands. You can contact the ferries directly for more information. To get to the national park's nature trails on, for example, Konungsskär, Stora Hästö and Jungfruskär, you can hire local taxi boats that can take you there on request. For more information, please contact: