Welcome to the most comprehensive listing of boat and yacht charter companies in Finland. The chartering business in Finland is focused on two main regions, the Archipelago Sea in the Baltic and the three main inland lake areas: Lake Saimaa, Lake Päijänne and Lake Näsijärvi. In the Archipelago Sea, sailing is most popular while on the sheltered inland lakes power boating is the main trend. Regardless of where you charter, you will be sailing or boating in fantastic waters right from the start, no time wasted in getting to “the best areas”.
Charter opportunities with Dokk
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Bareboat charter in Finland (yacht and powerboat charter)
Map legend: Fleet consisting mainly of sailing boats: mainly of power boats: Map information updated: July 7, 2016. Kindly report any problems that you detect using the Sail in Finland contact page!
Bare boat charter is the norm in Finland, but some companies also offer the option of skippered yachts. For bare boat charter in the Finnish waters, I would recommended that there are at least two people on board that have sailing and navigation skills. Navigation tends to be a full time job when sailing in Finland so you would ideally have one skilled sailor at the helm and an other one doing the navigation. This also applies to powerboats.
Bareboat charter in the Finnish Archipelago
Chartering in the Baltic Sea, meaning along the Finnish coast, is focused on the Archipelago sea between Hangö/Hanko in the east, Uusikaupunki/Nystad in the north and the Åland Islands in the west. Most charter companies also allow you to take the boat across to Sweden, but if you plan on this, check with the company that you are chartering from.
|Midnight Sun Sailing||Dalsbruk, Kimito/Kemiö – Mariehamn, Åland – Stockholm, Sweden||27||midnightsunsailing.fi||One-way trips between locations possible, skipper on request, catamaran|
|Finlandia Sailing||Kasnäs, Kimito/Kemiö||16||2||finlandiasailing.fi||Skippered yachts on request|
|4 Sail||Ruissalo, Turku/Åbo||2||–||www.4sail.fi||Skipper and shorter trips on request|
|Seatime||Turku/Åbo||3||–||dokk.fi/seatime||Also time share ownership of boats|
|Fenton Sailing||Kasnäs and Dalsbruk, Kimito/Kemiö – Helsinki||2||–||fenton.fi||Skipper on request|
|Table updated: June 2017.|
Bareboat charter on the Finnish lakes
The three main inland boating areas are Lake Saimaa, Lake Päijänne and Lake Näsijärvi. Many smaller lakes are also offer boating opportunities but rarely have any boating related services other than canoeing or possibly fishing.
The charter boats on the inland lakes tend to be smaller then those for charter in the archipelago. There are a number of reasons for this. First of all, the inland lakes are very sheltered so even smaller boats are totally safe. On the other hand, the lakes are often shallow and the channels between the lakes narrow and perhaps with rather low bridges. A smaller boat provides a lot more opportunities to really discover the exciting lake regions with their intricate waterways.
As the inland lakes are very sheltered with many narrow passages and thousands of islands, winds are typically very mild and vary a lot. Therefore sailing on the inland lakes is not necessarily for those with a restless nature and therefore most inland lake chartering is for small powerboats.
|Saimaacharter||Savonlinna – Lake Saimaa||15||www.saimaanvuokravenho.fi||Multiple options for changeover days, also open boats, canoes etc.|
|Saimaan Solmu||Varparanta – Lake Saimaa||–||6||www.yachtcharter.fi||Close to the city of Lappeenranta, changeover days Monday – Wednesday. One boat available for persons using wheelchairs.|
|Saimaa Boating||Savonlinna, Punkaharju, Oravi – Lake Saimaa||–||5||www.saimaaboating.fi||Skipper on request, service also in Russian|
|All other lakes|
|Päijännesafarit||Rutalahti – Lake Päijänne||1||3||www.paijannesafarit.fi||Boat pick-up also in Jyväskylä. 4 of the powerboats are open boats mainly suited for day trips and fishing.|
|Merimuikku||Ylöjärvi – Lake Näsijärvi||–||1+1||www.merimuikku.com||Close to Tampere, one boat is an open boat.|
|Table updated: June, 2017.|
Day charter: events, on-board meetings and family outings
Day charter is very popular in Finland. A number of companies in Finland cater to short term charter and boating needs. The main customers for day charter are companies organizing events for either their employees or customers. An other customer segment is private people organizing special events such as birthdays or weddings out at sea or just wanting to take a day trip in a fine summer day.
The biggest concentration of companies targeting business customers can be found in Helsinki. In the archipelago and along the Baltic coast you will find more companies also servicing families and private customers. You can find companies offering day charter in surprisingly small towns and villages around the coast.
Day charter is typically skippered so you don’t need any sailing or boating skills to participate. The trips include the meals and possibly some special program. The companies offering day charter services are happy to organize everything based on customer needs and wishes.
A typical event is an evening sail the leaves the harbor in the early afternoon. The boat or ship cruises in the nearby waters or heads for an island. At the island destination there can be a sight or some program. After a nice evening out at sea, capped by a fantastic sunset, the group returns back to the harbor of departure typically before midnight.
Unfortunately most day charter companies target a Finnish audience so the web pages are mostly in Finnish. If you would like to use the services of these companies, most will still offer services in English and you can always send your inquiries in English.
Day charter in Helsinki and surroundings
|IHA Lines||Helsinki||2||11||www.ihalines.fi||Two steamships: m/s Runeberg and m/s Norrkulla|
|Fregatti||Helsinki||5||1||www.fregatti.fi||Charters the two biggest sailing ships in Finland, Gerda (only sailing square rigger) and the 3-master Linden.|
|Purjelaiva konttori||Helsinki||3||–||www.purjelaiva.fi||Three traditional sailing ships, Astrid, Svanhild and Ingrid.|
|Seacharter||Espoo||–||1||www.seacharter.fi||Also “toys for the boys”, waterjets and big RIBs|
|XO Yacht||Helsinki||–||1||www.xoyacht.fi||When money is not your primary concern|
|Eira||Helsinki||1||dokk.fi/southern-ocean-co||Sail in style with a Nautor’s Swan 51|
|Fever Wind 35||Helsinki||1||–||www.tulepurjehtimaan.com|
|Ocean Race 60||Helsinki||1||–||www.oceanrace60.fi||The fastest monohull in Finland, Tokio II, a 60 feet ex Volvo Ocean Race yacht.|
|Kesäpurje||Helsinki||1||–||purjehdus.net||Sailing courses (private and group)|
|Table updated: June, 2017|
Day charter in the rest of Finland
|Kotka Sailing||Kotka||1||–||www.kotkasailing.com||Service in Russian|
|Airisto Spa Charter||Parainen||–||5||airistospa.fi||Also a howercraft|
|Kaarinan purjehduspalvelut||Kaarina/St Karins||1||–||kaarinanpurjehduspalvelut.fi|
|s/y Belmont||Turku/Åbo – Helsinki||1||www.sy-belmont.com|
|Table updated: June 2017|
Do you operate a boat charter business in Finland?
If you own a charter business in Finland that we have missed and would like to see it listed here on Sail in Finland, contact us via the site’s contact page. To find out more about yacht charter in Finland, check out this post here on Sail in Finland.