Kayak paddle tours in the South Finland archipelago
Paddle to Jussarö in Ekenäs/Tammisaari
is the largest of outer islands in the Ekenäs (Tammisaari) archipelago and is an island with many faces. The most obvious is its history of iron ore and mining. Second and less known is the islands hidden miniature archipelago that is often challenging to reach. As a motor boater you would consider magnetic disturbances, underwater rocks, waves and narrow channels met by rocks on both sides. Many ships rest on the sea bead around the island.
A kayaker must consider the remoteness and that the island is exposed to mist and windwaves. If the weather changes to challenging there would be no time to loose if you want to seek shelter elsewhere. The distance to Jussarö by kayak is 8km from the closest carpark, a further 5 km to the Lighthouse on Sundharun. Many interesting features can be found on the way. Channels, pits in the bead rock, channels, pondlike bays, boathouses and nice shores to relax on.
Have a look at the services offered by Cafe Ön.
Paddlingsfabriken organizes kayak tours to Jussarö and Sundharun lighthouse on order. A strong paddler can make a day visit, starting early to get the most of the experience. To really enjoy you should opt for a two or three day alternative. It will be a learning expericence for your kayaking and navigation.
3 day guided tours
Basecamp 1 is on the Gullö island south of Ekenäs. Easy to access by car, by the waterways from Ekenäs. Basecamp 2 (lat: 59.8501, long: 23.4097) is located in an extraordinary place, and available for our kayaking customers. We offer sauna, meals and indoor accommodation on this remote island. It is a much appreciated destination where we can offer most of variation to all sorts of sea kayaking. We organise paddling classes and recreational meetings here in combinations with archipelago tour. Beds for 6 persons, official camping spots nearby and have 10 seats around the dinner table.
- Greenland style low volume kayak built with pine strips in the core. (3.800 euro)
Page about the strip built version of Fragrance.
Fragrance low volume design makes rolling easier to learn, and with some comfort for your legs. Especially the back deck is so low that it is constantly flushed by water. The watertight hatch cover gets a new meaning. Even a small leak could quickly fill up the boat hatch. Edge and half the hatch will be submerged. We did manage to construct a hatch cover that is even tighter and easier to handle than most commercially sold factory hatches, while still using wood. Our goal is to have a hatch - even on this low volume kayak - that could allow keeping spareclothes dry even spred loosley in the hatch. The covers are still easy to open and close.\r\n
Kayaks have been part of the archipelago for almost 100 years!\r\n
I (Jöns Aschan) started with kayak renting and guided tours as a trial summer 2004. I continue the operation with the name Paddlingsfabriken or "Paddlefactory". Paddles are core and factory since our equipment and services are combined to services for you and your personal experience. Tens of years of experience, archipelago and kayaking becomes our product. You should consider at least part of your Finland visit to be a tour in the Ekenäs archipelago toghether with us.\r\n
Too tired arms to keep on paddling?
Too tired to follow, and awkward feelign in your arms and wrists, the others are happily paddling away or your kayak is turning in all other directions? Perhaps you'd like to become a successful competition kayaker or only do it for the joy. Don't let the small aches destroy it for you, but go and ask someone else analyse your forward paddling and fix it in small steps.
This national park is not accessible by car but can be reached by kayak. We will paddle through the inner archipelago and make our way to the rugged islets of the outer archipelago.
We will paddle as far out in the archipelago as the weather conditions allow. We will also try to reach Jussarö island with its compelling history as a former mine and subsequent restricted military area. The island has only been open to the general public since the beginning of 2005. Today Jussarö offers an instructive nature trail which is an essential experience.
We will spend the night in tents and prepare our food with stoves. This trip is suitable for both beginners and advanced paddlers.
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