Örö Fortress Island

Örö was a closed military island from 1915 to 2015. From 2015 onwards the public has been able to access the island by boat or ferry. However, the island has been quite a difficult business venture as so far three different entrepreneurs have tried their hand at it, failing financially each time.

The island has a lot of potential as it has beautiful nature and an interesting history. However, due to high taxes, expensive workforce and erratic Finnish summer weather, getting a business to succeed on an island here is not an easy feat.

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The island is part of the Archipelago National Park.

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There are 13 kilometres of marked hiking trails – lots to explore!

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You can see trenches around the island.

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And other old army remnants.

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The nature is exquisite – you can even find rare plants there.

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The island is a must for bird watchers. However, this bird was a sticker on a window.

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We enjoyed the sauna and a swim in the sea.

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My favourite moment in Örö was in the morning, when the sea was calm and most people were still asleep on their boats.

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Let’s hope Örö finds a new entrepreneur to continue the business as it would be a pity to lose such a unique destination in the archipelago.

Have you been to Örö?

xx

9 thoughts on “Örö Fortress Island

    1. Haha we walked around the island for hours, it was perhaps a bit too much, it would’ve been better to concentrate on one area only. Not the whole island! 😅

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