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Finland Houseboat Adventure

from £1217 excluding flights

  • 5, 6, 9 nights
  • May-Sep
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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 40 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out


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 Heinola harbour a small resort between Lake Ruotsalainen and Lake Konnivesi. 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 stand up paddle boards and 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 tailor made self-drive trip.

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Arrive in 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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This morning make your own way to helsinki bus station and take the local bus to Heinola (journey time approximately 2 hours). From the bus station it is a short transfer to the harbour  where the houseboats are located. The check-in time for the boats is between 3pm and 6pm. 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.

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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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.

Travel back to Heinola harbour and return the Houseboat by 10am. Transfer to Heinola Bus Station and on to Helsinki for another overnight stay in the city.

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

Prices and Departures

Price from £1217 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £300 per person with Finnair, or from around £900 per person during peak times such as Christmas and New Year. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Two nights in Helsinki with private bathroom
  • Bus travel between Helsinki and Heinola
  • Houseboat rental including cleaning and bed linen
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from around £1,217 per person, based on 2 sharing a room/houseboat, including hotel.

Prices may vary depending on departure date and booking date, as well as any changes to the included components. The final cost of a tailored holiday will be based on the level of houseboat and hotel, class of travel, included activities, travel season, and how far in advance it is booked. We will confirm the exact price for your holiday in your individual quotation, based on your chosen travel dates and inclusions.

Choice of Houseboat and duration

Spa and Deluxe house boat options are also available as well as 4 or 7 night houseboat rental – please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred requirements and travel dates.

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The World's Great. Pass it On

To mark our 40th anniversary, we've launched our Education Bursary Fund to help disadvantaged school children experience the wonders of travel. A percentage of revenue from every holiday booked will go into the bursary fund to pay for at least 40 students to join one of our school trips abroad.