The archipelago’s course center in Houtskär

Versatile training facility with comprehensive services

The Archipelago School is located in Houtskär in the church village of Näsby. Here, in the midst of the wonderful archipelago of Åboland, you will find a versatile training facility with comprehensive services in a scenic location. We offer food, accommodation, versatile spaces, and programs suitable for various types of courses, events, camps, and writing schools. With us, you can also organize conferences and meetings. Our capacity to accommodate guests (approximately 150 bed spaces) is unique in archipelago conditions, and our large educational and meeting spaces are equipped with modern A/V technology. At the Archipelago School, excellent service, beautiful nature, and exquisite food come together. Throughout the summer season, we offer Bed & Breakfast for travelers, and by agreement, it’s possible to visit us year-round.

Houtskär is a gem in the archipelago sea with incredibly beautiful environments and nature. The sea is always close, and one can always enjoy the fantastic landscapes and nature that the archipelago offers. In Houtskär, around 500 people live year-round, and significantly more during the summer months. Houtskär offers a wide range of culture, culinary experiences, and services.

Bed & Breakfast

We offer during the high season affordable options for single or multiple occupancy rooms or cottages.

Own course

Have you always dreamed of running your own course? Then the Archipelago School is what you’re looking for.

Ongoing courses

Check out our course offerings and what’s happening right now or coming up soon in the Archipelago School’s facilities.

Camp and writing school

We offer customized camp schools according to preferences with a ready-made program.

Accommodation and conference facilities

We have a large accommodation capacity, with 152 bed spaces distributed across 52 different rooms in 5 dormitories and several cottages. Shared toilets and washing facilities are just a few steps away. Down by the shore, where the sun sets, we have a wood-fired sauna, and one of the larger dormitories also has an electric sauna. We have a spacious conference room (approximately 80 people) and several smaller meeting rooms with free WiFi. Book your visit and come enjoy the Åboland archipelago with all its possibilities. All meals are prepared from fresh ingredients, and we bake our own bread. The kitchen has the ability to accommodate even the most challenging diets, creating delicious food that highlights the flavors of the ingredients.

Programs and activities

For groups, we arrange traditional sailing (old homemade skiffs), nature trail walks (5-7 km hiking in nature through typical Houtskär villages, concluding at the Borgberget viewpoint), visits to the Houtskär Archipelago Museum, and a cultural trail in Näsby. We also offer a modern sports hall where you can play floorball, volleyball, basketball, and dance. In spring and autumn, there are plenty of large fish such as pike, perch, zander, whitefish, and sea trout. Come and catch your dream fish and stay in our accommodation cottages.

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