4.9
| 17 reviews

Sea Kayak and Wild Camp in the Gulf of Finland

3 nights
Moderate

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

What's Included?

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 8 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 17 reviews

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

Key Information

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.

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.

The Area

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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.

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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

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

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

Derek(September 2022)

Faultless logistics from pick-up through to the end. Brilliant local people at Natura Vida including our guide Matteo who gave everyone confidence (including my 12-year-old daughter). Most in the group of eight had not kayaked before but that didn't matter. The guide was sensitive to people's different levels of skill. The route was well planned in light of the weather. Overnight camping was on a great little island (complete with spectacular thunder storm). The food was brilliant through (we had vegan and vegetarian options which were way better than we'd expected). Would really recommend this trip.

Katie(September 2022)

Despite a late arrival, the hotel we stayed areas great and in a beautiful setting. The hosts were fab and couldn't have done more to make it a fantastic experience, plus the food was unexpectedly tasty and plentiful! Not much to improve! The time difference made it a late arrival (midnight) so it was around 1am before we were at the hotel. All the guys I spoke to at Much Better Adventures were super helpful, and always responded speedily. The hosts were the same. In retrospect, the only thing that would've have been good would've been to get the host email with the definitive packing list the week before departure. I will definitely be booking again!

Paula(September 2022)

The organisation was seamless, weather perfect, location ideal as limited travel from the airport.

Paul(September 2022)

The guide(Matteo) was great, the kayaking, the weather and the scenery also.

Amy(September 2022)

Great guide, beautiful location, couldn’t have been better.

Nada(September 2022)

Everything was great. From the hospitality , food , organisation, attention to detail and support .

James(September 2022)

The trip lived up to all expectations. The local hosts looked after everything and the guide was the perfect host. With lots of knowledge on the local area.

Steve(September 2022)

Local team were absolutely great. Nice hotel, great staff, friendly and knowledgeable guide (Matteo) and delicious catering.

Belinda(September 2022)

Great trip. The experienced guides really tailor the trip to the experience level of the group. Beautiful scenery, excellent for paddling. Wonderfully well organised with knowledgeable and friendly guides. I would definitely recommend this trip.

Neil(September 2022)

The relaxed atmosphere and tailored itinerary were great.

Hayley(September 2022)

The guide was super friendly in the perfect comfortable way and really knowledgeable about Finland and nature. They also have a waterproof camera and take pictures for you so you can focus on enjoying the trip.

Derek(September 2022)

The kayaking was beautiful and very fun, it was just perfect, the food was delicious and the island we had lunch on was also nice, our guide (Matteo) knew everything about the area and the animals and he was an excellent guide, we got to the island to sleep on and we were the only ones, we chose our spots and set up camp, about half an hour later there was a massive thunderstorm that was amazing and cool to watch, dinner was nice and overall just a great trip, I would definitely recommend it. Thanks for helping to find some trip suitable for me and my daughter (aged 12).

Margaret(September 2022)

Matteo our guide was great. Same as The Quality of equipment. Hotel Rantapuisto. The amazing scenery among the islands of the archipelago. The food! Camping overnight on the island. The food! (again) Watching a thunderstorm from inside our cosy shelter. Our wonderful new travel companions. Sense of achievement :)

Shona(September 2022)

Friendliness and knowledge of the guides, the food, the scenery.

Margaret(September 2022)

Matteo, our guide, quality of equipment and the hotel were great. The amazing scenery among the islands of the archipelago. The food! Camping overnight on the island. The food! (again). Watching a thunderstorm from inside our cosy shelter. Our wonderful new travel companions. Sense of achievement :)

Owen(September 2022)

It all went perfectly to plan. The kayaking was easy to pick up and our guide, Kaspian, was very knowledgeable, helpful and sociable. Great weather, good swimming, good views from the lunch stop and an idyllic, peaceful island to wild camp on.

Nele(September 2022)

Everything was great.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

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 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. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

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 for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

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.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

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.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. See here for more info about the local teams we partner with.

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