The island of Seili has lots to offer for visitors interested in the island’s grim leper and mental hospital history, wanting to enjoy the beautiful archipelago nature or to those who are interested about the Baltic Sea and research.
The island is managed in collaboration with the following actors: the buildings and surrounding land areas are owned and administrated by the University of Turku and Turku University Foundation (Seili real estate company). Forrest areas and the museum church are owned and managed by Parks & Wildlife Finland. Travel services (accommodation, restaurant and cafe, guest harbour, guided tours) are provided by VisitSeili (Rederi Ab Vitharun). Research and teaching infrastructure and services are provided by the Archipelago Research Institute of the University of Turku. The island also has an active culture and community association Pro Seili-Själö ry, which operates a summer kiosk next to the church jetty. Furthermore, about a dozen summer cottages exist in Seili, which are privately owned.
Here you will find practical information on travel connections and timetables and other useful facts.
Travel connections by car and bus from the mainland
The island of Seili lies in the middle region of the Archipelago Sea, about 1 hour car ride from Turku. During summer, you can reach the island easily with connecting ferries either from the city of Nauvo, Hanka or Turku.
The Nauvo harbour can be reached via Saaristotie (road nr 180), which forks from the Turku-Helsinki motorway in Kaarina. The distance from Kaarina to Nauvo is about 40 km. The Parainen-Nauvo ferry crossing is along the route; the ferry operates according to a timetable (about four times per hour in the summer season). The ferry timetables can be found on the Ferryportal webpage. The drive from Kaarina to Nauvo takes about an hour. Please note that during the summer holiday season, there may be delays due to long queues at the ferry crossing. In Nauvo, the connecting ferry leaves from the quay next to the guest harbour.
Hanka in Rymättylä can be reached via road nr 189 from Turku via Naantali. The distance from Turku to the centre of Rymättylä is approx. 36 km, and a further 15 km to Hanka in Aaslaluoto via Airismaa. Hammarönsalmi ferry runs between Aaslaluoto and Airismaa (see the timetable).
The white-green buses of Saaristoliikenne Oy (Saaristobussi, Skärgårdsbuss) run daily between Turku and Nauvo.
There are also connections to the Helsinki express buses, in which case you must change buses in Piispanristi.
Note! When traveling between Turku-Nauvo-Seili, please make sure that the bus and ferry timetables match so you do not miss a connection.
Ferry connections to Seili
During summer, you can reach the island easily with connecting ferries either from the city of Nauvo, Hanka or Turku. During winter, m/s Falkö also operates between Nauvo and Seili but the timetables change daily.
At Seili, all ferries arrive and departure from the post jetty from where it’s approximately 700 meters walk to the center of the island where most of the services are located.
Summer season 2020
During summer, Seili is accessible daily from both Nauvo, Hanka and Turku.
M/s Östern operates daily between Nauvo-Seili-Hanka (Aasla, Rymättylä) during May-September. The ferry has a capacity for 146 passengers. During 22.6-16.8, an additional ferry will also serve the route due to increased demand. More information on timetables and prices >>here.
Note! Due to the Covid-19 situation, The Small Archipelago Trail will open 01.06.2020.
M/s Norrskär operates daily between Turku-Seili-Nauvo during May-September. More information on timetables and prices >>here.
M/s Falkö operates between Nauvo-Seili only on Sundays. Traveling with m/s Falkö is free but the transportation must be reserved beforehand by calling +358 (0)400 320 097. Please book your transport at the latest 1 day (before 2 pm) before your arrival to Seili. More information and timetables >>here.
Winter season 2019-2020
During wintertime m/s Falkö operates between the Nauvo guest harbour and Seili. Traveling with m/s Falkö is free but the connection must be reserved beforehand by calling: +358 (0)400 320 097. Please book your transport at the latest 1 day (before 2 pm) before your arrival to Seili.
More information and timetables >>here.
Follow m/s Falkö online on >>Marine traffic.
Boat charters are also offered by Vitharun and local water taxi companies.
Services at Seili
We ask that before arriving to the island, researchers, students and groups book the above mentioned services (incl. accommodation, catering, seminar rooms, sauna and guided tours) from VisitSeili. After confirmation, please contact us about our services, laboratories and other research facilities.
The museum church is open during the summer season. Information on opening hours, prices and guided tours here.
During summer, there is also a kiosk next to the church jetty, operated by the culture and community association Pro Seili-Själö ry.
You can access wireless networks in the main building and in some other buildings as well. There are three networks; UTU Visitor, Eduroam, and UTU Staff.
UTU Visitor is the wireless network for visitors. You can log in through a portal webpage.
Eduroam is an international roaming service for higher education institutions and visiting researchers. The University of Turku is a member of the service. Eduroam offers a free, secure, and easy to use connection to the internet.
UTU Staff is the wireless network for personnel. It offers a fast and secure user experience. UTU Staff works like a wired connection, allowing you to access the internet, printers, home folders, and network drives.
More information and instructions here.
In the main building, computer rooms, printers and copiers are also available to researchers and course participants. For more information, please consult the staff.
Nature concervation area
The island of Seili is part of several larger conservation areas. For this reason, collecting plants and animals is allowed only for research purposes. For permits and more information, please contact Station manager Jari Hänninen.
Camping and campfires (including barbeque) are strictly forbidden everywhere on the island. Smoking is also prohibited in the church yard and other specified places. Also, dogs shall be kept on a leash when outdoors.
Berry and mushroom picking, angling and ice fishing are however allowed based on Everyman’s rights.
Please note that only the personnel and permanent residents can bring their vehicle to the island. Please contact VisitSeili for information about transport services on the island.
Excursions at the island
There are no restricted research areas on Seili, but there are a number of private properties and staff housing areas, especially on the northern and southern ends of the island, where we ask that visitors avoid trespassing.
Since 2017, the main building of Seili has been open for all visitors with the exception of the Archipelago Research Institute’s work rooms and laboratories.
Download the map of Seili island (provided by VisitSeili) >>here.
Ticks are common on Seili. If possible, avoid areas with high grass or other thick vegetation and keep to the roads and lawns. A daily check for ticks is effective in preventing them from attaching. You should especially check areas of the body with thin skin.
If you find an attached tick, tweezers for removing it can be obtained at the main building. If you have difficulty detaching the tick, contact the staff for help.
You should observe the bite for a few weeks in case of a Lyme disease (borreliosis) infection. The most visible symptom is a rash that appears around the bite in a spreading circle shape. Other symptoms resemble the common cold: fever, headache, muscle aches etc. The infection is treatable with antibiotics.