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Weekend Sea Kayaking in the Helsinki Archipelago (Finland)

Overnight guided kayak tours with island camping

  • Guided
  • Easy
  • From £345/person
  • May-Sep, 2 or more days
  • Adults, Families (min. age 10-15), Groups, Solo
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Beginning just 40 minutes from Helsinki city, Weekend Kayaking in the Helsinki Archipelago is the ideal option to discover the beauty of this coastal island network in combination with a visit to Helsinki or with one of our other experiences in Finland.

Scheduled tours are 2 days/1 night Saturday-Sunday, or for groups of min. 4 persons, private tours are possible on dates by arrangement which can be any duration. All kayaking and camping equipment are provided.

Beginning directly from the kayak centre in the morning, you paddle out among some of the hundreds of islands that make up this archipelago area, with the intention of covering approx. 20-25km over the weekend. The focus is on taking it easy and making the most of the archipelago landscape. You will make regular stops on islands along the way before reaching an island to pitch camp for the night, spending the evening around the fire before retiring for your night under canvas beneath the archipelago skies.

The following day, you continue your trip, heading for home and reaching the kayak centre around 14.00.

Weekend Kayaking in the Helsinki Archipelago is suitable for a wide range of participants. Scheduled tours are ideal for solo travellers, couples or those travelling with friends, while groups of 4 or more persons have the flexibility to extend the tour duration and level of challenge if desired.

Arrival (Day 1)

Tours begin at the kayak centre at 10.00 on Saturday.

You paddle out into the network of islands to spend the day exploring the archipelago, with regular stops. In the evening, you make camp on an island for dinner around the fire.

Departure (Day 2)

After breakfast and optional morning dip, you continue your kayak tour, heading back towards the start point to end reach the kayak centre latest 14.00 on Sunday.

Private tours can be extended with additional day(s) kayaking and camping if desired.

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Dates 2017

Scheduled tours (Saturday-Sunday): 17.06-18.06.17, 15.07-16.07.17, 19.08-20.08.17, 02.09-03.09.17

Private tours are possible on dates by arrangement for durations 2 or more days from 1st May to 30th September for groups of min. 4 persons. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Prices 2017

Standard Prices (per person)  
2 days/1 night (scheduled or private tours)GBP 345EUR 350
Extra nights (private tours only, per night)GBP 148EUR 150

Private tours can be offered on dates by arrangement at standard prices for groups of min. 4 persons.

Optional Extras  
Single supplement (only applies if you require single tent occupancy)GBP 20EUR 20

Included

Equipment:

  • Sea kayak with all necessary equipment including paddles, spray skirt and buoyancy aid. Single kayaks are provided as standard. Double kayaks are also available on request for participants travelling as even number (2, 4 persons, etc). Please provide height and weight for all participants in advance.
  • All camping and cooking equipment: tent, sleeping bag (please bring own liner if required - the bags are washed after each use), sleeping mat and cooking equipment (inc. camping plate/mug/cutlery).
  • Dry bags (number provided as required).
  • Wetsuit (available to borrow on request - please advise in advance).

Accommodation:

  • Wild camping. You will be camping on a fairly remote island with no facilities (dry outside toilet may be available - your guide will give information on toilet arrangements for the tour). A range of tents may be used, normally 2 persons per tent. Solo travellers will normally share tent with other participant of the same gender, single occupancy also possible - please see Prices > Optional Extras.

Meals:

  • Lunch and dinner Day 1, breakfast and lunch Day 2. Please advise any dietary requirements in advance.

Guide:

  • Services of local guide.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Required
  • Getting There
  • Combine This With
  • Groups
  • Eco Info

Required

Health requirements/experience:

This tour is suitable for beginners and no previous experience is required. Distance covered on a 2-day/1-night tour is typically around 20-25km. You should have a good general level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors/camping.

Swimming ability required. Min. age 15 years (using single kayak if previous experience or double kayak if limited experience) for scheduled tours, 10 years (using double kayak) for private tours.

What makes this "Easy"?

As a guided tour, you will have the services of a local guide during the trip and all equipment is provided. There are no significant tides/currents in the Baltic, but in windy conditions the water can be choppy.

For private tours and tours of longer duration, level of challenge may be higher.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Minimum number:

Scheduled tours have no required minimum. Tours are guaranteed to run from the first booking. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.

Ticks and TBE:

Note: Ticks occur mostly in grassy areas.

As in the UK and other areas, there are ticks in the Nordic forests which can carry diseases such as Borrelia. You should check for ticks at the end of a day in the outdoors. If you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible by pulling the tick out straight, carefully and slowly, with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Ensure that you do not leave any of the insect's mouth parts attached to your skin. Wash the bite area with soap and water. In the unlikely event that you feel unwell or notice anything unusual around the area of the bite in the coming days, consult your doctor.

As in large areas of mainland Europe, in some small, localised areas of the Nordic countries (mostly in the Stockholm Archipelago), the ticks are known to carry TBE, or Tick-borne encephalitis, and locals spending extended periods in affected areas often choose to vaccinate themselves. For more information and latest updates, please see Tick Alert. For current advice on TBE and inoculations for the area you are visiting, please consult your doctor or see Travel Health Pro. You can also see a map showing areas where cases were reported in 2016.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Getting There

Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

By Air:

Fly to Helsinki for metro or train + bus to Rastila (approx. 40 mins from Helsinki city or 1 hour 20 mins from Helsinki Vantaa airport), from where it is about 20 mins on foot or by bus + short walk to the kayak centre.

Combine This With

This experience makes a good combination with any of our other summer experiences in Finland, as you will need to travel via Helsinki to reach these.

Groups

Max. group size for scheduled tours 8 persons. For private tours, up to 16 persons can be accommodated.

Eco Info

This provider has a written environmental policy.

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