5 – 70 km
Travel a distance of approximately 50 km by sea from Helsinki to Porvoo. There are numerous accommodation and recreation destinations as well as other services in the archipelago. The history, cultural sights and stunning nature of the archipelago guarantee that you will have an enjoyable trip. There are plenty of islands and islets, and they provide the kayakiest with both variety and choice. Enjoy the stunning sea views and local history.
- Duration: 1 – 5 days
- Suitability: depending on route choice and weather conditions
If you start from the Vuosaari Paddling Center, you have two route options. In the inner archipelago, you can enjoy the shelter provided by the islands along with services on the mainland. In the outer archipelago, you can enjoy the fresh winds of the open sea and even kayak to the Söderskär lighthouse, which offers great views of the open sea. You can also stay overnight on the lighthouse island. The routes join on the northern tip of Emäsalo, and from there the journey continues through a narrow route towards the centre of Porvoo.
For more detailed information check the pdf route guide with maps.
Good to know
A kayaking trip from Helsinki to Porvoo is not suitable for complete beginners. You must have orienteering and survival skills. You must know the weather conditions and their effect on kayaking. You can reach Porvoo by bus, boat or even by bicycle. If you have rented tools and equipment, the renter can also give you a ride back to Helsinki. There are good bus connections, and buses operate approximately every half-hour. Timetables: www.matkahuolto.fi. In summer, scheduled services operate between Porvoo and Helsinki; timetables: www.royalline.net and www. msjlruneberg.fi. The cycling distance is about 60 km, and there are several accommodation options along the route.
Depending on the weather, the route’s level of difficulty varies between easy and challenging. Boat routes and large ship routes must be taken into account. There are rest areas at least every 5 km and many large islands that provide shelter against wind.
To start the trail
The start and finish points on the kayaking map are places located on the coast where it is possible to start or end your trip. They have parking areas as well as a launching and landing spots. For more accurate location see route guide’s map pages 1 – 6. Starting point in Helsinki: Vuosaari Paddling Center Ramsinniementie 14 00980 Helsinki