The Kalla Islets (Kallankarit), Maakalla and Ulkokalla, lie in the Gulf of Bothnia about 20 kilometres off Kalajoki. Apart from their nature and history, a special feature of the islets is their autonomy dating back to the statute by the King of Sweden in 1771.
In the beginning the Kalla Islets were but shoals. Due to uplift, they began to rise above sea level around the end of the 1400s. As soon as it became possible, fishermen began to use Maakalla as their base when fishing out on the open sea. Maakalla still functions as a fishermen’s base. It is also a popular tourist attraction in summer. In addition to several fishermen’s huts, there is also a church, a little vicarage and a small fishing museum on the islet.
A company called FemeMare (www.fememare.fi) organizes trips to the Kalla Islands – weather permitting.