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The Eastern Helsinki archipelago is a perfect paddling destination. Visit the Vuosaari Paddling Center, rent a kayak and head on the sea.

The paddling waters in Eastern Helsinki are calm and paddling here is generally easy and relaxing. The routes are plentiful and you can also go ashore on many nearby recreational islands along the routes. The islands have services for recreational visitors, and it’s also allowed to camp on some islands. 

Come visit the Natura Viva Vuosaari Paddling center, rent a kayak for your paddling trip or take part on our guided trips. For overnight kayak trips you can rent tents and sleeping bags from Natura Viva Vuosaari Paddling Center.

The paddling conditions 

Pick your route in accordance with your previous paddling experience, paddling skills and the prevailing weather conditions. Be content and advised, that you might need to change your paddling plans even while paddling when the circumstances so dictate. Wind is always the most important weather factor. Whenever possible, choose your routing so, that you will first encounter headwind and later tailwind. Of course this is not always possible, since the wind direction can change rapidly. There are no strict wind limitations, but generally for beginners the manageable wind is around 4–5 m/s at most. On harder winds handling the kayak will become increasingly difficult. 

The Eastern Helsinki archipelago

The archipelago contains various islands, small islands (also known as islets or rocks with just little vegetation), straits, bays, channels, beaches and cliffs. We have gathered our best picks for paddling routes, but you can also create your own. Once you embark on a paddling trip, you will be handed a map of the area with important information about boat lanes, prohibited islands, traffic lights, recreational spots and points of interest. Read more about the recreational islands of Eastern Helsinki

Our recommended paddling routes


You can download the paddling map with the routes above here: Natura Viva Paddling Map (PDF)

For those wanting to stay overnight on the islands, we offer self-guided paddling trips where we provide you with all the camping equipment. For planning multi-day self-guided kayaking trips, you may find the Helsinki-Porvoo Sea Kayaking route map helpful. We are also happy to give you advice about routes!

You can download the Helsinki - Porvoo kayaking map which is good for planning a longer trip. Helsinki - Porvoo kayaking map(PDF)

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