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Outpost Malören

The island Malören arose from the Bothnian Bays as late as 1500 years ago and developed into an early retreat for the Bothnian fishermen.  It later became pilotage area, lighthouse spot and finally a holiday location.

The island has been characterized by fishing and shipping, but here is also the country's only archipelago chapel with a cathedral spire on the roof. It's not hard to be impressed by the beautiful timber carpentry in the church.

The lighthouse of the island is just as impressive, but it was also here a prospective building master who, for the first time, showed what he really could accomplish. Gustaf von Heidenstam, who later became famous for his Heidenstam lighthouses, visited the island in the summer of 1850 and then designed the beautiful wooden lighthouse which was ready the following year.

Today Malören is a holiday paradise for those who seek calmness and tranquility. It is a unique and beautiful island which is about three kilometers long and shaped like a horseshoe. Big parts of the island are covered in fine, round stones, but you can also experience sandy beaches and different vegetation. The nature is distinctive and there is a rich bird life on the island.

Malören is constantly changing. The land elevation is one cause of the change, sand coming in and making the bay on the south side all shallow is another one. On the south side you can find traces of old volcanic activity. If you look carefully, you can find the beautiful dark green mountain rock Malörit.
 
The map shows the geography of Malören. The harbor bailiff (sheriff) Pipping from Tornio has had two capes, Lill-Pippingen and Storpippingen (today called Sandgrynnan) named after him.