The best way to share the boating experience with your children is to teach them boating skills – learning by doing. And no place is better suited for that than the sheltered waters in Finland. Navigating the narrow waters makes boating very intense and interesting.
Instead of steering the same direction for hours, boating in Finland means constantly turning, trimming and navigating. You learn more about boat handling in a day in the Finnish archipelago than you will learn in a week out on the open sea. Finland is simply the perfect place to let your next boating generation hone their skills!
2. CHILD-FRIENDLY SERVICES IN ALL MARINAS
Because there are so many children aboard the local boats, marinas make a special effort to cater to the needs you their young customers. Playgrounds, nature trails, domesticated animals and other activities can be found in pretty much every harbor.
3. FISHING ON THE JETTY
Schools of miniature fish live around most of the jetties in the archipelago. And where there are fish, there are meter high fishermen and fisherwomen trying to catch them with fishnets on long bamboo sticks. The fishnets can be bought at every store and filling station in the archipelago and the only other thing you need to spend hours on end is a bucket of water for your catch.
4. exciting off-shore activities
What if you could moor right by the Moomin House, wouldn’t that be cool? As a matter of fact you can! The number one children’s theme park in Finland, the Moomin World, is located on an island in the Naantali harbor. Especially for the younger children there is no better way to spend a day than hugging all the Moomin characters and then falling asleep on your boat.
The lake waters and coastal sea waters of Finland also have some of the cleanest beaches in Europe so while the water could be a bit turbid, you can swim everywhere.
5. New friends in every harbor
No need to feel lonely or bored, there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends on the shore. Older Finnish children have learnt at least English in school so there is a good chance to find a common language. And for the younger ones, playing seems to be the universal language that all children understand!
6. Always close to water
In Finland, you are never more than a stone’s throw away from water and boating can be combined with any kind of holiday, no matter how short. Sometimes only a couple of hours is all you need for some water fun.
Why not hire a boat just for a few hours? In Helsinki you can have a go at rowing, canoeing or stand up paddling right by the city centre. A great alternative to shopping, we think!
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.