The stony land uplift archipelago of Kvarken is a unique, changing landscape formed during the ice age. The Kvarken archipelago is the first nature World Heritage of Finland.
Obtaining World Heritage Status is a long process. The work began already in 1997 when the idea of a World Heritage was presented among inhabitants in the area, and when scientific facts were gathered to prove that the Kvarken Archipelago will be a worthy World Heritage.
The nature of the Kvarken Archipelago is special - and the geomorphology, i.e. the moraine ridges, is extraordinary. The flat archipelago of Kvarken, and the steep High Coast in Sweden together constitute a complete example on how the land uplift forms the landscape and influences biological processes.
Read more about the world heritage application and the Kvarken archipelago on the homepages of the Regional Environment Centre of West Finland. »»»