You and me, members of the human species, seem to be neither good nor evil. But it seems that we are equipped with a good will along with a slightly bad character. We believe that the human species must find balance, and live in balance, within itself and with the rest of nature. The sea teaches us balance and kayaking is an act of balance.
1) To let you first hand experience an amazing natural wonder of this planet, the Archipelago Sea.
2) To give you a time and a place to be able to detoxicate from a potentially incarcerating society and to re-establish a potentially lost contact with nature.
3) To provide an experience of strength, fragility and beauty that you will never forget.
A. A pro guide brings you safety and teaches you skill.
B. We know the area, all the secret tent spots.
C. You focus on the experience, let us worry about transport, equipment and food.
“The first time I went kayaking on the Archipelago Sea I didn't have a clue. But we had a great instructor who made it fun and easy. He has been a role model for me ever since as I have grown into a kayaking pro, thanks Ben. The sea itself had an even stronger impact on me. I found myself returning to its beauty over and over again, and wave by wave the sea changes how I think and how I live.”
“To me the sea means incredible freedom, and exposure to the might and power of nature. There is a lot of love for the sea and the archipelago in my heart. Every summer since childhood I have spent on our island in the Archipelago Sea. Even so there are still new places to discover, new things to experience and new wisdom to be found. The Archipelago Sea is a unique place on Earth. I'm grateful for it all.”
“I grew up on the coast and the sea has always felt like home. Kayaking was love at first sight. Suddenly otherwise inaccessible places became accessible. Fun and amazing places you simply can't access with anything else. Sitting in a kayak on open sea really brings it home how small I am and how nature is in a completly different order of magnitude. It puts things into perspective.”
“I was born and raised on an island in the Finnish archipelago. The sea has always been around the corner, offering its enormous diversity. The continuous movement in nature fascinates me. In a sea kayak you explore more, closer. The feeling of seeing eagles flying next to you is indescribable, it is something you need to experience yourself.”
“As I started to explore the Archipelago Sea by kayak, it felt like finding a new world! I wanted to discover everything: from the barren and open outer skerries to the sheltered inner archipelago. And I cannot think of a better way doing that, than to paddle a sea kayak, which brings you into so close contact with nature.”
“I live on an island by the Archipelago Sea. The unique nature here gives me a lot of wellness, joy and unforgettable experiences – all year round. It is my reason to act for nature and to create for others an opportunity to have similarly fascinating experiences. Sea kayaking is the best way to explore all the wonders of the archipelago.”
A short film about a kayaking tour.
Between the mainland of Finland and the Åland Islands lies the Archipelago Sea, a waterway maze of some 50.000 islands and skerries. These are the remnants of an ancient mountain ridge, the Fennoscandic shield, eroded through the Eon and finely sculpted by the late Ice Age. It is a globally unique area. The regional co-operation area of the local National Park covers five hundred squarekilometers and some 8.000 islands, of which approximately 2.000 are part of the park itself. Ninety percent of the National Parks area is covered by the sea, which makes it ideal for exploration by sea kayak.
Our pre planned packages are five nights and six days itineraries, including island hopping by kayak, exploring islands by foot, doing one or more day trips with kayaks, resting, relaxing and bathing in the sea, in the sun (and maybe sauna, if we are lucky). You will see wildlife, including swans, eiders, white-tailed eagles and seals. If you are lucky you might spot large mammals like deer and elk. You will also learn about the fascinating natural and cultural history of the area and about the local ecology and the environmental challenges the area faces now.
Upon request we also provide tours fitted to your personal wishes and interests. Then you are more in charge of what we deliver. It means it's your goals and your responsibility, along with one of our guides who will accompany you with the local knowledge, and aid you in matters of safety, food and shelter, to the extent you wish.
We provide a sea kayak, spray deck, pfd and paddle.
- Between the 15th of September and the 15th of May use of dry suit is mandatory.
- Bring your own or borrow one from us.
Our camping equipment includes tent, sleeping bag and matress. You may bring your own if you wish.
- You will need sunglasses, sun screen, dry bags (availavle to be borrowed), suitable clothing etc.
- You will recieve a complete list of what to pack upon booking confirmation.
We typically eat meals based on low impact locally produced organic food, with very little animal protein.
-We serve three meals per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
-If you have a different taste or diet, you may want to opt for bringing and cooking your own food.