The Archipelago off the coast of Western and Southern Finland has more islands than any other archipelago in the world. We argue that it is also the most beautiful. Consisting of over 20 000 islands and a large national park with vibrant wildlife, the archipelago scenery offers an incredible setting for a low-budget camping holiday.
Our group of young Finns spent a weekend kayaking and camping in the archipelago. They also did a day trip by boat to the see the tallest lighthouse in the Nordic countries called Bengtskär.
The labyrinthine Archipelago Sea is full of islands ranging from large ones with fishing villages and green pastures to tiny windswept islets, barely large enough to stop to catch a breath during a kayaking trip.
Both for the experienced and beginners, doing a day trip or multi-day expedition with a skilled kayak guide sleeping on the beautiful islands is a lifetime experience.
The kayak tour operators are happy to provide you with information about where to go and where to camp. If you, however, don’t hire your own kayak or boat, there are many direct boat transportations to the larger islands that have various facilities and beautiful camping sites.
You can’t get much closer to nature than by spending the light, warm summer night by the sea, cooking your food on a bonfire. Most campsites have excellent facilities for cooking as well as water points and ecological toilets.
NB: In the archipelago, there are spots where making camp-fires is allowed when no forest fire alert has been given. Never make the fire directly on the rock – this is forbidden as the rock may crack, looking unsightly for the next visitors for years to come.
If the Finnish archipelago and long Baltic coast make you think about beautiful summer days filled with sailing and boating, you are definitely on the right track. But the Finnish coast invites you for many great experiences throughout the year.