Hailuoto is well-known for its unique wilderness and national landscape – the island in itself is quite an attraction. As a result of post-glacial rebound, the island started to form about 2,000 years ago and still keeps on growing at the speed of approximately one centimetre a year. Sand, wind, sea and people have made the island to what it is today.
A visitor or group of visitors can go trekking on the trails, see the sights or watch the shoreline and beaches. An old lighthouse (built in 1871) locates in the western end of Hailuoto, in Marjaniemi with interactive Nature exhibition and beautiful beaches. The eldest landmark of the island, Keskiniemi Daymark (1858) locates on the north shore. Kniivilä Museum introduces local history to those interested. A touch of history is felt also in the fishing-oriented homestead museum.
The island is a paradise for birdwatchers. Bird hides, woods, shores all give ample opportunity for birding. Hailuoto is also known for its emu farm. Guided tours are an easy option of getting to know the island for visitors. Hailuoto Association’s local guides and entertainment service providers have a wide range of guided tours available. Guided tours available also in English.