Long and varied coastline
Skerry archipelago with countless interspersed islands
Unique natural landscape in the Lake District labyrinth
Long daylight hours during summer (white nights)
Sailing in Finland is a journey between forested islands, clear and calm waters, picturesque villages and secluded anchorages. The opportunity to roam the island labyrinth on a yacht will be a unique experience for you. The two most popular regions for water sports in Finland are the skerries on the west coast and the labyrinth of lakes inland. Sailing yachts are most commonly rented in the coastal zone, while houseboats are more common in the lake regions. Right from the start you will feel the full charm of these waters, regardless of the choice of rental location and type of boat. On the south-west coast, a highly indented coastline merges into Finland’s largest archipelago – the so-called Archipelago Sea – unique in the world thanks to the multitude of islands of different sizes. Some Finnish charter companies offer one-way yacht rentals to their bases in Sweden. This is a very exciting route. The fantastic beauty of the island landscapes accompanies you all the way through the archipelago to the natural pearl – the Åland Islands (Åland) and further through the Stockholm archipelago – to the capital of Sweden.In the area between Hanko (Hangö/Hanko) and Sweden there is a sufficient number of well-equipped marinas and natural harbours. In the Gulf of Bothnia, settlements and marinas become increasingly rare to the north. This should be taken into account when the yacht needs to be refilled with water or fuel.
A very special experience is the Saimaa Lake District with access to the sea through the Saimaa Channel. The District is a labyrinth of large and small lakes, bays, islands and peninsulas connected by calm or rapid rivers, but also by locks and short canals. Saimaa is not only the largest contiguous lake district in Finland, but in all of Europe. Covering an area of 74,000 sq km, the lake district stretches from Lappeenranta in the south 330 km north to Iisalmi and Nurmes. The total water area of Saimaa is 12,300 sq km. Fringed by forested shores, this expanse of lakes is dotted with 33,000 islands and cliffs. There are 3300 km of marked waterways. You can moor at 70 ports or in one of the numerous natural bays on your journey. Here in the midst of idyllic, intact nature, you will experience unforgettable holidays.
Moderate climate with significant temperature changes. At times of stable high air pressure, temperatures go up to 25 °C during summer . Mostly moderate westerly winds up to 3-4 Bft. Jet and cape effects intensify the wind. Significant currents can occur at bottlenecks. The conditions of the area require careful navigation by an experienced crew.
Best period to sail: May to August
International flight connections to Helsinki; Local airports in Turku, Savonlinna and Marienhamn (Åland) Many guests also arrive by ferry/yacht from Tallinn or Sweden.