Cruising guides for Finland

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Click to buy on-line!Cruising guide books

The selection of cruising guides for Finland is very limited. One book series has dominated the market for as long as I can remember. It is “The great harbour book” series published by the Turun Partio-Sissit sea scout troop from Turku. They have a series of 5 guides, covering the northern Baltic Sea (Finland, Sweden and Estonia) and the Finnish coasts and the Åland islands. Unfortunately only the Baltic and Bothnian Sea guides are in English, the other 3 are in Swedish and Finnish only. All of the guides can be bought online either directly from the sea scouts (site www.satamakirja.fi) or from John Nurminen Marine (site www.merikartat.fi) where you can also buy your Finnish charts at the same time.

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Example page from “The great harbour book”

For those fluent in Swedish, there is also a very recent book on the Åland islands. There is also the RCC/Imray crusing guide for the Baltic Sea (which Martin Edge did not have much love for, see his post here for details). And then we ofcourse have Martin Edge’s own guide 105 Rocks (lately 165 rocks) for which the Finnish parts have been kindly shared by Martin here in Sail in Finland (click here) but the Swedish parts is for sale on Amazon.

The table below lists the available guides with links to places where you can buy them on-line!

Area covered

Language

 Link

Buy it on-line

 The Finnish Archipelago Swedish
Finnish
 satamakirja.fisatamakirja.fi,
merikartat.fi
 The Åland IslandsSwedish
Finnish
 satamakirja.fisatamakirja.fi,
merikartat.fi
 The Gulf of FinlandSwedish
Finnish
 satamakirja.fisatamakirja.fi
 The Sea of BothniaEnglish
Finnish
 satamakirja.fisatamakirja.fi,
merikartat.fi
 Northern Baltic Sea
 (Finland, Sweden 
 and Estonia)
English
German
 satamakirja.fisatamakirja.fi,
merikartat.fi
 Åland IslandsSwedish merikartat.fimerikartat.fi
 The Baltic/RCCEnglish merikartat.fimerikartat.fi
 165 Rocks/Sweden
 east coast & Finland
English edge.me.ukamazon.co.uk

Online guides

There are a couple of on-line harbor guides of which Sail in Finland normally uses and refers to www.guestharbours.fi because they have the information in English (as well as Swedish and Finnish).  www.guestharbours.fi also has two sister sites, one for harbors on the Finnish lakes (click here) and one for nature harbors (www.luonnonsatamat.fi).

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