Kimitoön

Överölmos, village in Dragsfjärd.

Kimitoön is a municipality in the Archipelago Sea, Finland. The main island (which gives the municipality its name) is a large coastal island with rural landscape typical for southern Finland. It is surrounded by inner archipelago and outer archipelagos of minor islands, similar to that in the rest of the Archipeago Sea.

Villages

(among others)

Other destinations

The Bengtskär lighthouse.

Understand

Kimitoön as a municipality was created 2009 by joining the municipalities of Kimito, Västanjärd and Dragsfjärd, all partly on the main island. Earlier many of the island groups and some other villages were independent municipalities. What is now the municipality of Kimitoön was the eastern part of the Åboland region (the western part, Väståboland, is now called Pargas).

Talk

Kimitoön has a Swedish speaking majority, like the rest of Åboland. Most people also speak decent Finnish, and people know English as in the rest of Finland.

Get in

There are three roads to Kimitoön: from the north via Sauvo from national road 1 (E18) or regional road 110, both between Helsinki and Turku, from the east via Perniö over the Strömma canal (said to be the only place in Finland where tides can be observed) and from north-east along small roads via the Kokkila–Angelniemi ferry. The main village, Kimito, is some 60 km from Turku, 155 km from Helsinki via Ekenäs.

There are buses from Turku to Kimito and Dalsbruk about once an hour in daytime, with a few connections e.g. to Kasnäs and Västanfjärd. Buses from Helsinki more sparsely, possibly with a transfer.

With yacht you probably arrive via Hanko in the east or via the waters of Pargas or Nagu in the west. The outer archipelago south of Kimitoön is difficult to navigate and lacks official channels.

Get around

There are good roads on the main island, suitable also for bikes, but bus transport is sparse. There are ferry connections to the main remote islands. Except Kimito, most places of interest are reachable by boat with some walking.

The main island is 60 km long from north-east – Angelniemi of Salo not counted – to Kasnäs in south-west and 40 km wide from Mjösund in north-west to Lammala in south-east.

See

Interior of Söderlångvik mansion.

Do

Events

Eat

There are decent or good restaurants at least in some of the See/Do/Sleep places and in Dalsbruk. Restaurants with limited supply (including places for pizza and kebab) also in Kimito and probably in a few of the other villages.

Sleep

No real hotels by Finnish city standards, but nice anyway. Bathrooms usually shared. Be prepared to pay with cash unless you know cards are accepted. Cottages for rent in many locations (ask around).

Accommodations below ordered by location.

Budget

Midrange

Splurge

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