Hike, Kayak and Bike the Archipelago of Finland

Enjoy the best of the Gulf of Finland as you explore the unique archipelago of Helsinki on bikes and kayaks. 1 day off work.

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Hike, Kayak and Bike the Archipelago of Finland

Enjoy the best of the Gulf of Finland as you explore the unique archipelago of Helsinki on bikes and kayaks. 1 day off work.

Is there a better way to explore the Gulf of Finland than by kayak? Well, maybe by hiking, biking and kayaking. This adventure will see you discover the beautiful island of Vartiosaar and the spectacular archipelagos and forests along the Gulf’s coastline. In the evenings, you can explore the seaside landscape or head into the cosmopolitan city of Helsinki. What’s included?

  • 1 day of kayaking and hiking
  • 1 day of biking
  • 2 nights of accommodation
  • All breakfasts and lunches on the trip
  • Local professional, English-speaking guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transfers
  • All kayaking and biking equipment

Perfect for:
Anyone who wants to have a mix of city and nature when exploring Helsinki. This trip is perfect for beginner kayakers and hikers.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival in Helsinki

Upon catching your transfer from the city centre or the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel about 14km from the city.

Spend the evening exploring the area around the hotel area in Eastern Helsinki, where you can enjoy the cafes by the water or explore the beautiful scenery.

If you have just flown in, you can easily hop on the Metro to Helsinki, should you wish to explore the city centre some more. The city contains a wealth of churches, parks and eclectic museums, and well as endless outdoor bars.

A definite must-see that shouldn’t be missed is the Baltic Sea fortress of Suomenlinna.

30min drive

Saturday: Hiking and Kayaking

After breakfast at your hotel, your adventure will start with a kayaking trip to Vartiosaari, an island known for its beautiful and diverse nature.

The tour starts at the Vuosaari Paddling Center, where you will hop into your kayaks.

As you navigate your way through the islands, you will reach a small beach, where it’s time to ditch the kayaks and take to the land.

You will hike uphill to see the views over the archipelago, before continuing along the nature trails, past some of the major historical sights of the island.

Halfway through the hike, you will be served a delicious lunch overlooking the beach.

Once you’ve seen the island by foot, head back to your kayaks for a relaxed paddle back to the centre.

Spend your evening by the sea, at the Hotel Rantapuisto or catch the metro into the vibrant city centre of Helsinki.

6 hours of kayaking and hiking

Sunday: Bike along the coastline

Enjoy breakfast before heading onto the dirt roads, where you will meet your fatbikes.

After a quick briefing, you will ride through the forests and along the coast of the Gulf of Finland, where you will be able to see the beautiful archipelagos and its spectacular views.

Enjoy lunch at the Paddling Center, on the seaside terrace, before you catch the transfer back to the airport and, sadly, back to reality.

3.5 hours of fat biking, 30min drive

Accommodation

Your accommodation will be the 3-star Hotel Rantapuisto, 14km from Helsinki’s city centre, on the Gulf of Finland. You will have ensuite twin rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, a bar and its own restaurant, which features a fireplace, a terrace and gulf views. There’s also a sauna, a hot tub and a beach.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands. With a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, it’s the largest city in Finland and frequently makes the list of Top 10 Most Livable Cities in the World. Part of that is due to its gorgeous seaside location on the Gulf of Finland but also its abundance of natural areas.

The Gulf of Finland is the easternmost arm of the Baltic Sea which extends between Finland and Estonia. It is home to many beautiful islands, including Vartiosaari, famed for its rich landscape and cultural history.

Start point?
You will be met at Helsinki Airport (HEL) where you will be transported to the Hotel Rantapuisto. You can also be picked up in Helsinki city centre. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land at 17:00 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end along the coast of the Gulf of Finland, where you will be transported back to Helsinki Airport (HEL). Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to depart at 17:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) is served by regular, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on British Airways, Finnair and Norwegian Air Shuttle. You are free to book any flights that suit you, as long as the meet the transfer times.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Helsinki
  • Dinners
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance that covers kayaking and biking
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 16.

Please note, this trip may be rearranged or cancelled if fewer than 4 people are booked.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Much Better Adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

No previous experience is needed for this adventure as the kayaks and bikes are suitable for beginners.

On your adventure, you will be able to enjoy filling breakfasts with lots of organic ingredients at the hotel, whereas lunches are served at Cafe Nature by the sea.

This trip does not include dinner, but your hosts can let you know some fantastic places around Helsinki to eat.

Absolutely! Just let us know when you book on to this adventure.

Your host will provide you with:

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Lifevest
  • Spraydeck
  • Fatbike
  • Helmet

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Your host recommends that you bring:

  • Soft shoes for the kayaking: thin soled “barefoot shoes” or neoprene booties are ideal but simple running shoes or even thick wool socks will be fine
  • Hiking shoes or low ankle support boots
  • Wind and rainproof shell clothing
  • Thick warm fleece or puffy jacket for the camp
  • Set of spare underwear and a towel for the unlikely event of an involuntary swim
  • Cap or other light headwear for the day
  • Water bottle, around 1 litre
  • Camera
  • Basic toiletry kit
  • Personal medications
  • Waterproof pouch case for your phone is handy if you want take pictures while kayaking

There is a wide selection of kayaks available. While we offer single kayaks to everyone, there are twin kayaks available as well. Just let us know in advance if you would like to use one instead.

This will depend in part on the weather but during the summer season, shorts and a t-shirt will do. It would be also handy to bring a light wind and waterproof jacket as an extra layer, but your lower body will be well sheltered under the spraydeck.

It is very unlikely. The kayaks are particularly stable and it takes a lot of effort to tip yourself over. In the event that you do capsize, your guide will help you back into your kayak in no time, so there is nothing to worry about.

The big wheels on fatbikes make riding really comfortable through the forest trails. They also have hand brakes and a back brake for easy stopping, making them the perfect bikes for beginners.


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