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-crossing from Pargas (Parainen) to Nagu (Nauvo). Most of local people 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.
In the summer Restaurant Bystrand is open, 500 m 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 guided traditional sailing boat trips or other boat trips for photographing the scenery, fishing or other adventure.
With our Shower Facilities, guests enjoy the highest level of comfort at minimal costs. To learn more about our services and hospitality, keep exploring our site or simply get in touch.
We’re happy to provide our guests with a full range of amenities to meet their specific needs. That’s why sites with Fire Pits are always available. Your happiness is our priority!
Kirjais Nature Inn and Villas provides you with the amenities you need for an enjoyable outdoor experience. Take advantage of our Vehicle Access and other benefits when you decide to stay with us.
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.
We encourage our customers to follow these values, for example in recycling.
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. You may also use the free ferry to visit other islands. In the summertime, there is a shop and restaurant in the village (500 m) and plenty of activities in Nagu city (14 km). The local activity group has built nature trails in the area (kirjais.fi).
Vehicle access and arrival
There is plenty of parking space, and you can drive all the way up to your cottage. You can also use a bike to get here. The nearest bus stop is 9 km. If you are interrailing, you could go to Nauvo and rent a bike, or contact me.
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 from 4 pm and checkout at noon, unless otherwise agreed.
Well being from nature
You will find calming and relaxing spaces on our premises and further away. Nature and clean air affect your well-being immediately.
We are developing making use of healing properties of plants on our premises. We also like to give back to nature in various ways.
Zero Footmark Travel
We will from spring 2023 hire one (and soon more) small very simple sleep-over cottages, powered by only solar power. There you can have your own hideout in the wilderness and live without all luxury.
These cottages will be "zero" also in regards of nutrition spill over, that causes the Archipelago and Baltic Seas to be in poor shape sometimes with cyanobacteria.
All our buildings use solar power. In the summertime, there is a small excess, which is fed into the grid. We strive to be more self-sufficient in many areas. We really appreciate if our guests also follow the ideas of not over using our planet's resources.
Our villas and cottages are situated high above the small Kirjais village 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.
Kirjais is quite far out in the Archipelago Sea, yet you can reach us by car. There is one free ferry crossing on the way, and you should calculate how many bridges with wonderful views.
While getting closer, the road gets smaller and more curvy all the time. You will approach a genuine countryside environment.
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!