Kirjais (or in Finnish Kirjainen) is an island quite far out in the Southwest archipelago of Finland. Still, you can reach it by car, There is one free ferry-crossin from Pargas (Parainen) to Nagu (Nauvo). Most of local habitants speak Swedish as mother tongue.
In Kirjais you have nature and archipelago feeling all year round.
Hike and breathe the clean air of the sea and the forest. Admire the miniature bogs on the cliffs and feel the sweet smell of the Labrador tea. In the fall, it is worth visiting the mushroom forest and go luring the pike.
A meandering unpaved road, sometimes in the woods, sometimes next to fields or cow pastures, gives you an old-world rustic feel.
A peculiar small library, Bokmalen, in an old mill on the hilltop by the village offers stunning views - take, exchange or leave books.
Groups may pre-book a tour of the ecological sheep farm in Ytterstholm and see its various animals.
In the summer Restaurant Bystrand is half a kilometre away as well as the village shop and marina. You will also find miniature sandy beaches for swimming and picnics. Fish, vegetables, eggs, pastries, fruits and berries of the season are sold on the summer market on Saturdays. At midsummer, a maypole is raised. The popular Old Time Auction is held around mid-July and the Night of the Ancient Fires is celebrated on the last Saturday in August. On request, you may hire e.g. traditional sailing boat trips.
NOTE THAT COVID 19 PREVENTS SOME OF THE VILLAGE EVENTS, BUT WE ARE STILL OPEN!
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Good to know
We are a partner company to the UNESCO Archipelago Sea Biosphere, and try both in small and larger areas to stop exploiting the earth and especially not to pollute our home sea, and to remember and practice archipelago culture, for example regarding fishing and traditional handicraft.
What to do in Kirjais
First of all, enjoy the clean air and unique nature! You may use the outside grilling place to make dinner. Depending on season, hire a bike, rowing boat or canoe. You should visit the cosy little library Bokmalen. Currently there are three new trails being built for summer 2021. You may also use the free m/s Nordep to visit other islands.
Vehicle Access and Arrival
There is plenty of parking space, and you can drive up to your cottage. When you come from the main land, there is one free ferry on the way. When you arrive, we usually leave the door unlocked and the key inside. Arrival is at 4 pm and checkout at noon, unless otherwise agreed.
Meetings and Seminars
There is a conference room for about 45 people, and a dining room for abot 30 people, with an open fireplace. There is also a large professional kitchen or catering to be ordered. An evening gathering can be held in the spacious and roofed grillplace.
Camps, confirmation schools and other groups
In the former school, there is 8 rooms and 18 beds + 4 extra beds. For larger groups one of the cottages, usually Villa Diana can be used. Full boarding is available, depending on group. In cooperation with the Archipelago Nature School and Living Archipelago, we have an adventure programme for 3 days, including activities such as axe throwing. Please ask for an offer!
Well being from nature
In cooperation with the Archipelago Booking of Finland, we arrange custom programmes for various groups. Full boarding can be ordered. Please ask for an offer!
Hello! I'm Camilla, entrepreneur of Kirjais Nature Inn and Villas
Originally, this place was an archipelago school, to which children came from far away in the archipelago. Therefore, they needed rooms to sleep in. The school was decided to to be built in 1922 and it started in 1923. In the 1960's there were not enough pupils and the school ended.
The place has thereafter been in private owning and has been known as Kirjais Kursgård. The school house is in use for camps, groups, and bed & breakfast. in 1990 the owner decided that more room was needed, and a large log cabin was built. Then in 2005 three new cabins were added. I started here in the end of 2019, and have been welcoming cottage guests as well as groups since. We are now profiling us as a nature retreat, as this really is!
We are high above the village and located ca. 500 m from the village center and the beach. At the beach, we have our own small pier for the rowing boat and canoe.
Fire wood is available in the shed and by the side of the yard sauna. It is considered a good practice, if you fill up for example in the sauna, after wood has been used.
There are yard games, fishing rods and life vests etc. you can borrow in the shed.