Visit the Island
Former saw mill island LAITAKARI off the coast of Kemi – At the crossroads of nature and cultural history in Southern Finnish Lapland.
The enchanting island of Laitakari, located only a stone’s throw off Kemi’s Inner Harbor, offers a unique combination of nature and remains of the area’s cultural history of the past 150 years.
A possible starting point for your visit to Laitakari is Kemi’s Inner Harbor. A 20 minute trip along the coastline onboard a vessel of the shipping lines “OK Seilit” or “Merike” will offer you a very different view of Kemi, including the site of one of winter’s main attractions, the Snowcastle “Lumilinna”. Once at Laitakari, you can tour the island on foot on a well maintained but unpaved path. Explore the numerable remains of the former saw mill, roam along the shoreline with its sandy beaches and abundance of wood slabs, or rest at one of the island’s campfire places, offering views out into the archipelago and onto the Baltic Sea. For those cherishing peace and quiet, the island’s southern tip is a particularly serene environment to spend a few peaceful moments.
Few places in Sea Lapland will give you a more complete picture of the region’s essence, the combination of nature and cultural history. Laitakari still is the beating heart of Sea Lapland – a place not to miss.
How to get there
By own boat
Laitakari island is located about 20 min from Kemi’s Inner Harbor. Mooring quays can be found at the island’s northern end and on the eastern side.
Scheduled sailings and charter tours
The traditional vessel MS Leila offers three scheduled departures per day from Kemi’s Inner Harbor. The service is running from mid June to mid August, Fri – Sun only. Departure times can be found on www.merike.fi. (also in English). Merike Finland Oy also offers charter cruises with MS Leila.
Merike Finland Oy
+ 358 400 195 266
The island can also be reached by S/Y Jähti, operated by OK-Seilit Ky.
+358 45 880 2364