Skomakaren / Suutari, Haparanda (North)
Nautical chart 411
Skomakaren is also called Suutari by Finnish-speaking locals, both names meaning “shoemaker”. The island is about 10 kilometres south of Haparandahamn (Haparanda harbour) and has a lot of ancient ruins. If you take a walk on the island you will find traces of net-drying frames used by fishermen, house foundations, a labyrinth, compass roses and even a tarmaking site. The island is popular because of its long sandy beaches, sunbathing and swimming. Boaters enjoy visiting Norrviken, which gives protection from most winds. The island is also a great place for berry-picking and mushroom-picking.