Utö has been on my list of places to visit in Finland for a long time. The island is located in the Finnish Archipelago National Park. It is the southernmost island of Finland and has a lighthouse built in 1814.
On June 17, 2022, I left Pärnäs with a friend on the MS Baldur ferry to Utö. The ferry was free and the trip to Utö takes about 5 hours.
There was a restaurant on the ferry. I paid 14 EUR for a lunch buffet with Greek salad, potatoes, beetroot, fish, coffee and tea.
During the 5-hour journey, the ferry briefly stopped in Nötö, Aspö, Jurmo. We didn’t stop in Berghamn as nobody wanted to leave the ferry.
The scenery was stunning. It got even better the closer we got to Utö. We were also lucky with the weather. The 5 hour ferry ride didn’t seem long at all.
Some interesting sights during the trip were:
- The windmill in Nötö.
2. The church in Aspö.
3. The landscape in Jurmo was unique. Especially the Fågelskyddsområde.
And then we finally arrived in Utö. There were many carriages near the port of Utö.
We went straight to the reception at Utö Havshotel to get our keys to Fogelli Hostel. The hostel was clean and the kitchen was fully equipped. There was also free wifi.
It was a little warm in the room. There was no air conditioning. However, I slept well as the room temperature dropped during the night. In the morning it also started to rain lightly.
Before going to bed I walked around the island to take some night photos. At midnight it was still quite light and no stars were visible in the sky. However, it was impressive to watch the rotating light from the lighthouse.
The next morning we went to the hotel at 8am for breakfast. Breakfast for hostel guests costs 10 EUR. I paid 40 EUR per night for a private room in the hostel.
The breakfast was quite good. There were rolls, porridge, bacon, scrambled eggs, muesli, fruit, juice, coffee, tea and milk.
The next day we joined a guided tour and went inside the lighthouse. There were two floors – the first floor was for events and the second floor was for the church.
As the island also inhabits older people a prayer house was built in the village as walking up the stairs in the lighthouse can be quite demanding.
Then we had lunch in Utö’s havshotel. There were two options. Fish soup or vegetable soup with pancakes. After lunch, we went to a part of the island which is called Kesnäs. There we also found the Draken Memorial.
Moreover, this is also the unprotected side of the island facing the open sea. There were also bunkers. From here there is also another lighthouse visible in the very distance.
Next we visited the cemetery. We also found cannons there.
And of course there was also wildlife on Utö such as swans.
On Sunday we took the ferry back to Pärnäis. This time there was only fish soup and beetroot soup on the menu. We arrived in Pärnäis at 18.00.
Utö was definitely worth a visit. It‘s probably one of the highlights to visit in Finland. One weekend is just fine to explore the island.