Finland Houseboat Adventure

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  • 5, 7 nights
  • May-Oct
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Finland Houseboat Adventure

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  • 5, 7 nights
  • May-Oct

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Highlights

In pictures
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Explore the tranquil waterways that comprise Finland's Lakeland

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Enjoy leisurely summer evening moored in peaceful locations

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Find secluded spots ideal for swimming

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Discover Helsinki with its charming mix of styles

Why this trip...

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Where you stay

This holiday offers a choice of accommodation options which are part of the overall experience

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Nordic Heritage

With over 37 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

Overview

Central Finland has a wealth of lakes and waterways just waiting to be explored on our houseboat adventure - discover peace and tranquillity while gently cruising in your very own summer house on water, with many wonderful villages, beaches and places of interest to visit along the way. With excellent facilities on board including a private sauna, outdoor sitting area and barbecue, guests can relax and enjoy the scenery in this beautiful area.

As you head north from Helsinki you are quickly immersed into beautiful nature - it is easy to see why Finland is known as the land of a thousand lakes. The south eastern area is awash with endless possibilities to enjoy outdoor activities with beautiful lakes, forests and sweeping landscapes the main attraction.

With three nights onboard a houseboat you can navigate the lakes at your own pace, choosing the route as you go or following a specific course based on your preferences. You'll stay in quality accommodation in a floating 'summer house' - just imagine sitting on the deck of the houseboat on a warm summer night under the midnight sun with your toes dangling in clear water.

The journey begins at Jyvaskyla harbour and takes you to either Lake Paijanne or Keitele. On arrival at the harbour you will be met and given full instructions and safety information about the boat with recommendations on the route to take. The boat has an easy to use navigation system with chart-plotter as well as electronic and paper maps. Along the way there are villages to visit with restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, gas stations and water points to service your needs.

It is also possible to rent bicycles if you like to get active. They allow you to explore away from the main lake and discover the surrounding countryside. There are many cycling routes available and the option of four different types of bicycle to rent.

Choice of Duration

We have based this break on three nights on board. However, you also have the option of four night and seven night houseboat rental so you have more time to relax and enjoy the nature. You could even choose to combine this with a self-drive trip such as our Lakeland and Eastern Finland itinerary.

Accommodation

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Deluxe houseboat bedroom

Finnish Houseboats

Choosing Your Houseboat

Standard Houseboat – ideal for couples or small families. It has one bedroom with double or twin beds; open plan living area with a sofa bed; small kitchenette with fridge, stove, kettle and coffee machine; bathroom with shower; sauna and terrace area with furniture.

Spa Houseboat – bigger than the standard with a main bedroom with double bed; second bedroom with bunk bed for two guests; open plan living area with a sofa bed; dining table and chairs; small kitchenette with facilities as above; terrace with dining furniture; sun deck on top of the houseboat; bathroom with shower and separate sauna.

Deluxe Houseboat – the largest and highest quality, ideal for larger families or group of friends. There is the option for six or eight berth boats. The six berth has two double bedrooms, the eight berth has either a double or twin beds in the main bedroom and bunk beds for four in the second bedroom; living area with sofa bed; kitchenette as above plus freezer, microwave and dishwasher; terrace with furniture; sun deck; bathroom with shower and separate sauna.

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Itinerary

Day 1 arrive Helsinki

Fly to Helsinki and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy the many sights of the capital, famous for its Neoclassical architecture mixed with modern Scandinavian design, by foot or by tram. The city is especially lively in the summer with many outdoor markets, cafes and bars scattered around the town and nearby islands. There are numerous art galleries, museums, historical churches, botanic gardens and much more to discover.

Fly to Helsinki and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy the many sights of the capital, famous for its Neoclassical architecture mixed with modern Scandinavian design, by foot or by tram. The city is especially lively in the summer with many outdoor markets, cafes and bars scattered around the town and nearby islands. There are numerous art galleries, museums, historical churches, botanic gardens and much more to discover.

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Day 2 Helsinki - Jyvaskyla

This morning take a train from the airport to Jyvaskyla Station (journey time approximately 3 hours 30 minutes). From the station it is a short walk to the harbour where the houseboats are located. The check-in time for the boats is normally 4pm, but this can be flexible depending on bookings. You will be met and shown the facilities with full instructions on how to use the boat, including suggestions on the routes to take, places to visit and where to spend the first night on the water.

This morning take a train from the airport to Jyvaskyla Station (journey time approximately 3 hours 30 minutes). From the station it is a short walk to the harbour where the houseboats are located. The check-in time for the boats is normally 4pm, but this can be flexible depending on bookings. You will be met and shown the facilities with full instructions on how to use the boat, including suggestions on the routes to take, places to visit and where to spend the first night on the water.

Day 3 explore the lakes

Using a map, chart-plotter and the GPS to use, navigate the lakes and canals to find sandy beaches, fishing spots, villages and attractions along the way.

Using a map, chart-plotter and the GPS to use, navigate the lakes and canals to find sandy beaches, fishing spots, villages and attractions along the way.

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Day 4 get active

Find a secluded place for a swim, try your hand at fishing or rent bicycles so you can explore further inland. In the evening, light the barbecue and enjoy the midnight sun.

Find a secluded place for a swim, try your hand at fishing or rent bicycles so you can explore further inland. In the evening, light the barbecue and enjoy the midnight sun.

Day 5 Jyvaskyla - Helsinki

Travel back to Jyvaskyla harbour and return the Houseboat in time to get to the station. The return time is normally by 11am. Then take the train back to Helsinki for another overnight stay in the city.

Travel back to Jyvaskyla harbour and return the Houseboat in time to get to the station. The return time is normally by 11am. Then take the train back to Helsinki for another overnight stay in the city.

Day 6 depart Helsinki

Transfer to Helsinki Airport by airport coach or train (payable locally) for your return flight home.

Transfer to Helsinki Airport by airport coach or train (payable locally) for your return flight home.

Prices and Departures

Price from £659 including flights

What's Included

  • Return flight from London to Helsinki
  • Two nights in Helsinki with private bathroom
  • Houseboat rental including cleaning and bed linen
  • Return train journey between Helsinki and Jyvaskyla
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices from per person

Based on 3 nights in a houseboat and 2 nights in Helsinki. Spa and Deluxe house boat options are also available as well as 4 or 7 night houseboat rental.

Departure Duration Houseboat 2 Sharing
May 2021 5 nights (Thu-Tue) Standard (occupancy 2-4) £1,043
Jun - Aug 2021 5 nights (Thu-Tue) Standard (occupancy 2-4) £1,659
Sep - Oct 2021 5 nights (Thu-Tue) Standard (occupancy 2-4) £1,043

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One of our specialists
Meet Mark

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1 Inuit dance in Greenland

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