Varsinais-Duomi  >  Finland

Protected bay and nature reserve close to the city of Turku. Easy accessible by walking trails and a bird observation tower.

Added* by Mira Mäenpää
Most recent update 2 February 2022


Rauvolanlahti (Rauvola Bay) is located on the border of Turku and Kaarina cities. The bay is part of the Natura 2000 network. Rauvolanlahti together with the Katariinanlaako and Vaarniemi nature reserves are a popular bird watching destination. Among the birds you can encounter are Common Rosefinch, Bearded Tit, Sedge Warbler, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Common Teal, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye, Slavonian Grebe (Horned Grebe), Water Rail and Snipe.



The easiest way to explore the bay is to take the signposted route that starts from the Katariina district as a walkway and continues as duckboards across the bay to the bird watching tower and as a path further to the Vaarniemi grove.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Mud flats , Sea , Reedbeds


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Summer

Best time to visit

Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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