The Post Boats Over Kvarken


In the 17th century, the inhabitants of Björkö were assigned the duty of conveying the mails over Kvarken. As compensation, they were granted by King Gustav II Adolf, freedom from military service and reduces taxes. This service was provided until 1809 and a memorial has been erected at Bodback from where the first post boats were dispatched.

The post boat service is still commemorated by an annual cruise over Kvarken using the characteristic traditional type of boat. These are equipped with both sail and oars and the event attracts crews and their supporters to Björköby each year. The cruise is to Holmön on the Swedish side an each second year, the direction is reversed.

Photo: Sofie Wikström.


More information:
Matias Båsk 
Tel. +358 (0)6 327 7121
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Last updated 27.6.2007

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