The main building includes the TZS office, lecture rooms, research laboratories, aquarium rooms, a workshop, offices for scientists and staff members, and a restaurant for 70 people. For accommodation, we offer 20 twin bedrooms in the student dormitory, 10 twin bedrooms in the scientists’ dormitory and 10-30 additional beds in other buildings, some of which are only used in summer. A few larger flats are available for scientists who are accompanied by their families.
Please note that TZS is located by the sea, relatively far away from the nearest public services. For people staying overnight the basic services such as kitchens, sauna, and laundry room are available.
The office/reception is located on the first floor of the main building. The office handles all matters concerning board and lodging at the station.
At the reception you can also find nice and unique products especially made for Tvärminne Zoological Station. You will find t-shirts, hoodies for children, college shirts for adults, tea towels, books and postcards among other things. Welcome!
There are several accommodation buildings at TZS. Please ask about availability of different rooms and family apartments from the office. Full board includes linen and towels. It is possible to bring your own linen and towels, but note that sleeping bags are not allowed at the station.
When you arrive, you will get keys and door codes from the office during office hours. If you arrive outside of office hours, please inform the office well in advance and get the instructions for check in. Check out during weekdays is by 9:30 am, if not agreed otherwise. During the weekends there is no check out time, you can leave the keys in the post box in front of the office.
Accommodation and dining costs can be paid in the office during office hours (cash or card). Invoicing is only possible for groups if agreed beforehand.
The restaurant is located in the main building, on the ground floor. It seats approximately 70 persons and it is also possible to buy food to take away and small snacks. Please inform the kitchen about your participation in meals and dietary preferences and allergies in advance. During the weekends the restaurant is normally closed with the exception when the station hosts larger courses and seminars.
All the dormitories and family apartments have a kitchen equipped with basic kitchenware for guests staying overnight.
TZS has a large sauna with all year round access to the sea. The sauna is heated on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On other days the sauna can be booked separately.
There are unfortunately no pet friendly rooms available in the dormitories. There is a limited number of separate rooms and family apartments where pets are allowed.
Please ask for pet friendly accommodation from the office.
There are two laundry rooms at the station. In the Pavilion dormitory there are two drying cabinets, a washing machine, and a dryer. In the service building there is a drying room, a washing machine, and a dryer. Washing machines function with 1 € coins. The cost is 1€ per wash, including laundry detergent and the use of a dryer or a drying room.
Tvärminne Zoological Station is located approximately 17 km from Hanko and 30 km from Tammisaari. Nearest shops and public services are in Hanko. There is no public transport to or from the station. Nearest train station is at Lappohja, approximately 14 km from the station.
For more general information about Hanko or current events, please check the local tourist office.
Please note that the area around Tvärminne Zoological Station, including islands, is protected as a nature conservation area. In this area, sampling of material, berries, plants, or animals is not allowed without a permit, also fishing is prohibited. Walk along tracks in the area. Visiting islands is only allowed for research purposes.