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Shallow bay which is a particularly good resting area for wading birds. A bird observation tower gives wide views.

Added* by Tapani Ritavuori
Most recent update 31 August 2022


Gålören is a shallow bay that is favored by waders. It is an important resting area for waterfowl, waders and gulls during spring and autumn migration. In autumn, the reed beds in the area also provide shelter for migrating songbirds. A two-storey birdwatching tower gives good views over the area. There is a path in the coastal forest north of the harbour, along which you can also see a lot of birds in the spring and summer. Bearded Tit nests in the reeds and thrives all year round in the area. Highland cattle is grazing on the shores. Among the birds you can expect are Whooper Swan, Mute Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Teal, Common Goldeneye, Common Ringed Plover, Ruff, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Northern Lapwing, Eurasian Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Common Redshank and Marsh Sandpiper. The observation season begins in April and continues until the ice arrives in the autumn.



You can park next to the little harbour where owners of the boats and the users of the bird tower can park. Click on the P in the map to get directions to the parking. From the parking it is a 250 meter walk to the observation tower.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Mud flats , Beach , Sea , Reedbeds


High water possible , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Summer

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Spring migration


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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