Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Sea Kayak and Wild Camp in the Gulf of Finland

Explore hidden coves and archipelagos and sleep out on isolated islands in the Baltic Sea

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Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Sea Kayak and Wild Camp in the Gulf of Finland

Explore hidden coves and archipelagos and sleep out on isolated islands in the Baltic Sea

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Finland

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

May-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Finland

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel · Wild camping

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

No previous experience is needed. You'll be camping on a remote island so an adventurous spirit and some camping experience are recommended

Paddle through calm waters and remote channels in the Gulf of Finland, eyes out for white tailed eagles and ringed seals

Kayak past tiny islets dotted with iconic red cabins to the Sipoo archipelago, stopping off for lunch on the way

Camp on a deserted beach, wild swim in the cool waters and warm up with a campfire dinner under the stars

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

Included

Guides

Professional, English-speaking guide

Accommodation

1 night in a hotel, 2 nights wild camping on a remote island

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 campfire dinners

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Equipment

All your kayaking and camping equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

16:30 on Day 1

Ends

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

14:00 on Day 4

Transfers

Your host will meet you at Helsinki Airport at 16:30 on Day 1 and transfer you over to your hotel outside the city. Please let your host know if you would like collecting in the city instead. You will be dropped back at the airport at 15:00 on Day 3. You are free to book any departing flight that leaves after 17:00.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Helsinki from airports across the UK and Europe.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Wild camping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfasts at the camp spots will be hot porridge, fruit, yoghurt (vegan version also available), jam, muesli, tea, coffee and juice. Lunches will be a variety of soups, salads and bread. Dinners cooked around the campfire will vary, expect grilled vegetables, salmon, salad, bread and even vegetable lasagne (a wilderness classic!) and pancakes for dessert. Vegans, vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be accommodated on this trip, please let your host know in advance

What is the accommodation like?

Helsinki

On your first night, you'll stay at the Hotel Rantapuisto, located on the shores of the Baltic Sea in the Ramsinniemi Vuosaari region of Helsinki, 15km from the city centre. The hotel has its own beach, restaurants, and a sauna. You'll stay in a twin room with an en-suite and gulf views. Breakfast is included to fuel you up for paddling on Day 2.

Wild camping on islands

Your guide will choose the best islands to camp on during the expedition. You'll wild camp in a spacious 3-person expedition tent shared by two people. If the weather is nice, you can even sleep on the shore under the stars. Sleeping pads and mats are provided.

Day 1

Helsinki

Meet your host at Helsinki Airport and head straight for your waterside hotel in the city. Meet the rest of your team and spend the evening exploring Finland's beautiful capital city.

Day 2

The Gulf of Finland

Kayaking

15-25km

Grab a big breakfast at the hotel before a short drive to the put-in spot. Your guide will help prep the kayaks and ensure everyone is ready to start the adventure. Hit the water and begin to weave through the labyrinth of islands, keeping the pace relaxed with plenty of floating breaks on the water. Hop onto dry land for lunch on one of the islands before paddling further into the afternoon, eventually choosing one of the countless islands within the archipelago to camp on. Pitch your tent and settle in for a campfire dinner with drinks while watching the setting sun.

Day 3

Sipoo archipelago

Kayaking

15-25km

Wake up on your island idyll, sip coffee, tuck into breakfast and grab a brisk morning wild swim (if feeling brave) before hopping back into the kayak to continue meandering through the waterways. Paddle past islands dotted with iconic red cabins and old wooden boats while surrounded by seabirds. You’ll stop for lunch then kayak towards the Sipoo archipelago on the east side of Helsinki; a hidden gem with numerous beautiful islands to camp on. Another memorable campfire, dinner, drinks and sunset await at your wild camp spot overlooking the Baltic Sea.

Day 4

Cross back to Helsinki

Kayaking

15-25km

Soak up another morning in the wild with a relaxed breakfast on the shore, pack down camp and load up the kayaks for the final paddle of the trip, crossing back to the start point on the mainland outside Helsinki. Keep your eyes peeled for a last glance of a white tailed eagle or a ringed seal. You’ll reach shore around 1pm and tuck into a healthy, locally made soup on the seaside terrace before your host transfers you back to Helsinki Airport, or drops you off in town if you are staying on longer in Finland.

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What's included?

Single or tandem sea kayaks
Life jacket
Paddle
Dry bags
Twin-share expedition tent
Sleeping bags and mats

What do I need to bring?

BAGS
Main backpack or duffel bag (to be left with items not taken on the expedition)
Dry bags for your sleeping bags and clothes (10-20 litres) - Your host does include dry bags but please bring your own if you can.

CLOTHES
Thermal underwear, two sets
Wool or fleece thermal mid-layer
Waterproof and breathable trousers and jacket
Down or synthetic jacket
T-shirts
Wool or fleece hat
Warm gloves or mittens
Socks
Swimwear (if you're feeling brave for a swim in the Baltic sea)
Sunhat
Sandals for the camp spots

OTHER Sleeping bag liner
Sleeping mask (plenty of daylight this far north in summer) Universal travel plug adapter
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel Insurance documents
Earplugs
Insect repellant
Suncream
Personal first-aid kit
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
Quick-dry towel
Alcohol hand-gel
Headtorch or torch
Reusable water bottle (1 litre)
Biodegradable wet-wipes
Energy bars and snacks

Pre/post trip accommodation: Single/Double/Twin room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation: Single/Double/Twin room

Optional private room & tent upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional private room & tent upgrade

Private transfer Helsinki Airport to accommodation

Payable Before Departure

Private transfer Helsinki Airport to accommodation

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 61kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

No kayaking experience is needed, just a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to handle approx 25km of relaxed paddling over the course of two days. Your guide will also give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start.

The tap water in Finland is safe to drink. Your guide will provide all food and water on the adventure, so everything is covered for you.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

From May to early June the sea is still quite cold but daytime temperatures are around 20°C. From mid-June to mid-September temperatures range from 15-25 °C and the sea also gets warmer. At the end of September the temperatures start to decline again.

Summer nights are very short and don't really get dark at all. From mid-August onward the nights get darker, revealing starry skies and sometimes even the Aurora Borealis.

Any excess luggage can be securely stored at the hotel whilst you are out on the water.

For current advice about travelling in Finland, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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