Vänö Island, Archipelago Sea, Finland
Vänö is an island with a long history. Already on the 14th century it is known that Vänö had a fishing population, with a village situated on the same spot as the village today. Selling of and trade with baltic herring has been an important part of life on Vänö, with fishermen travelling in to Salo with the fish, trading it in for grain and money. During the winters, seal hunting was an important way to get food and money from selling fat and product made out of the skin.
Today Vänö has an active but small archipelago village. There is a small cafeteria and shop during summertime, and it is possible to get a refill of fresh water. For us kayakers, there is a very nice beach to use for camping a few kilometers from the village. The nature is very scenic. There is a hidden small chapel built from logs close to the sandy beach. On this site, there has been a chapel since the 17th century. There are good walking trails to explore the island.
Except by kayak, you can reach the Vänö island also by a free passanger ferry MS Stella. For timetables, see www.saaristolautat.fi.
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