Facilities and services

Archipelago Research Institute maintains facilities for conducting research and field education related to the archipelago and the Baltic sea. The marine station also provides various support services for scientific work, field courses, educational events and visiting groups.

Most of the Institute’s research facilities are located at the center of the island: in the main building and other buildings close to it. Below you will find detailed information on the Institute’s facilities and services. For more information, please contact us.

The Archipelago Research Institute belongs to the Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure (FINMARI), coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. The Institute is also a a member in the network of Finnish research stations.

Laboratory facilities and research equipment

Sea water laboratory

The Archipelago Research Institute offers various support services for researchers and course participants, including:

  • Central location in the Archipelago Sea
  • Lecture rooms, work rooms, wood and metal workshops, field equipment, boat rental and transportation services, temporary staff aid
  • 3 aquaria rooms suitable for experimental research
  • Several laboratories for basic analyses and storage of samples
  • Long-term monitoring data
  • Accommodation, catering and guest harbour services are provided by VisitSeili

Bench fees, rent prices and related terms of use are available in the Institutes price list.

Research vessel and boats

The Institute offers boat rental and transportation services for groups and individual researchers. Prices and related terms of use are available in the Institutes price list.

Research vessel r/v Aurelia

r/v Aurelia is a modern research vessel, designed and built especially for  shallow archipelago areas. Maximum number of passengers is 40.


  • Crew: Captain and deck hand
  • Commissioned in 1991
  • Length overall 18,1 m
  • Beam of 5 m
  • Max. speed 15 knots

More information available by request.

The Institute also owns the following boats:

Seili 5 (200 hp, 23 passengers)

Seili 1 (200 hp, 11 passengers)

Seili 2 (90 hp, 5 passengers)

Faster 515 (60 hp)

Faster 445 (40 hp)

Two smaller motor boats (5 hp)

Hydrocopter is available during ice winters

More information

Katja Mäkinen Tutkimusteknikko, FTkamaki@utu.fi+358 29 450 3705

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