Kvarken refers to the body of water off the coast of Vaasa, Finland, leading to neighbouring Sweden. The islands of the Kvarken Archipelago amount to over 5,600 in total, with many geological oddities found throughout.
A day out exploring the Kvarken Archipelago could not be easier than with a stay at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Vaasa. This hotel in Vaasa, Finland, offers guests a choice of 285 rooms and is located near to the Gulf of Bothnia, home of the Kvarken Archipelago.
The Kvarken Archipelago
The Kvarken Archipelago, along with Sweden's High Coast region, has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Many of the islands close to the Finnish coast continue to be inhabited, but the islands of the Kvarken Archipelago also served another purpose centuries ago. During the winter months, mail would be delivered between the two countries by daring postman over the frozen waters between the islands.
Today, the Kvarken Archipelago presents scientists with a geological site for observation, including special washboard moraines. Geologists regularly visit Kvarken to gain a greater understanding of the processes that formed the Earth.
In addition, the Kvarken Archipelago has a particular architectural draw for visitors - a 19th-century lighthouse that resembles, but pre-dates, the Eiffel Tower. The Valsorarna, as it's known, was built by Henry LePaute, who worked for Gustave Eiffel.
Staying at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Vaasa
The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Vaasa, provides guests a perfect starting point for exploring the Kvarken area. Located at the centre of the city, the hotel places visitors nearby to other attractions as well, such as Wasalandia Amusement Park and the villa of Stromso.