Sailing in Finland Löyly Route

Sailing Finland Style

Sail in Finland 

Join us sailing in Finland and explore the worlds biggest archipelago on a shared sailboat. Meet new people and make new friends on board while learning how to handle the yacht. Enjoy long sunshine hours and never ending sunsets. Drop an anchor in a forested bay, walk through the mossy forests and pick up blueberries. Visit remote and public saunas, chop the wood, heat the sauna yourself and remember to make plenty of löyly. Sail from island to island and navigate through the maze of islets enjoying the soothing green forests around.

On this sailing trip we put the focus on experiencing nature, visiting only tiny guest harbours and trying to engage with the local communities. It never gets really dark in Finland in July so we can stay up and enjoy the orange glow above the horizon all night long. We take time to cook on open fire and learn a few words in the strangely sounding Finnish language. We visit remote islands with wooden piers where a public barbecue station as well as sauna is for us to use.

This sailing trip is for people who like to spend time in the nature, enjoy their time in the forests and sitting by the water. The ones who would like to practice navigation will be delighted after only one glance at the charts and the keen sailors will be happy to know that winds tend to be consistent and moderate throughout the summer. Social sailors should be thrilled about many possibilities to raft the yachts for the night and viking lovers will be excited to dine in the Viking hall.

As usual, no previous sailing experience is required, and the skippers shall introduce you to everything that is needed to handle the boat.

Explore The Finnish Archipelago Sea

The Finnish Archipelago offers thousands of uninhabited islands to explore. The horizon is rather flat but well forested, green and lush. We have plenty of opportunities to stop at tiny settlements and observe the islanders lifestyle which was led here for hundreds of years already.

This sailing trip is organized in northern latitudes, but don’t be afraid, we can expect pleasant temperatures in this early July. The average temperature in this season is around 20°C, however last year’s July was especially warm and pleasant in Finland (28°C). So along your swim wear, remember to pack a pullover for the evenings and a jacket for the rainy days. We take what we get and we make the most of the time we are given in this natural sailing paradise.

970€ PP

📆 7 nights, departures:
06th July 2019
✈️ Helsinki Airport (HEL)
🌊 Archipelago Sea
🔵 Easy Route with challenging navigation

Yachts Confirmed:
1) Dufour 455, 4 cabins, 2 heads, 8 crew + skipper
2) Dufour 375, 3 cabins, 1 head, 6 crew + skipper

Return to nature

Finland is known for its beautiful nature. The area we sail in (Archipelago Sea) counts around 70,000 islands, most of which are tiny. Our main aim is to stay in the wild most of the time. We will visit a few little settlements and will fill our time with bonfires, blueberry picking and forest walks.

Enjoy The Evening Sun

At the time we are sailing in Finland the sunrise is at 04H15 while the sunset at 22h50. This is paired with the sun staying just below the horizon, resulting in magnificent colors in the sky and twilight all night long.

Remote Saunas

It is as much a social gathering, as it is a tradition. We make sure to stop at the public saunas to celebrate it the way Finnish do. We chop the wood ourselves, heat the sauna ourselves, enjoy the company and have a swim in the sea to cool down.  Remember, löyly is all we need for a great sauna experience!
Sailing in Finland Highlights

What you can expect to do on this route.

Finland Sailing Trip Itinerary

We are true to the discoverers` spirit and plan our adventures accordingly to the winds, the weather and your wishes. This means the order as well as some of stopovers may be different than presented below. Leave planning at home! The plan showed below is only an indicative itinerary and your trip may differ. Only the mad men sail against the wind!



It’s our starting point where we meet and embark onto the sailboats. A very important task in this place is to provision the yacht with local food and drink which we are going to consume during the week. After the chaos of the first day is over we shall dine together and get to know each other a little better.



A beautiful and remote anchorage offers us shelters from winds. Raw and untouched nature surrounds us. The trees as well as mossy flat granite stones on the shore create a unique background for our evening get together on the yachts.



In Bodö bay we moor at a little wooden pier belonging to a family operated guest harbour and a bistro-café. It feels like a cosy refuge for yachties where sauna, socializing and good food are the main to-do for everyone. Fresh breakfast rolls can be delivered to our boats upon order and a floating sauna is available for use.



Sailing from Bodö we drop anchor for swimming at Färo beach. It is a beautiful forested bay shaped like a crescent moon. We sail further to the settlement of Nötö to replenish our stock and continue further in search of a remote bay to spend the night. It is a night spent cut off from any civilization.



Two families who settled here are creating a paradise on earth. There is a tiny port for the sailboats, a little café with homemade bread, and a local theater group that organizes occasional performances. A boat builder and archery round the choice of things to do and places to explore. 2.5km of forest walking path connects all the main points.



We sail past by Helsingsholmen where we get a supply of smoked fish and continue to one of the remote bays nearby.  As it will most likely be the last remote anchorage of the week we should play some music and sing the evening through!


Chieftains Hall

We shall feast like the Vikings! In a reconstructed viking hall we sit on furs, enjoy a crackling fire, eat, drink and spend the last evening with our newly made friends. Like a viking tribe, we sailed together, ate together, and shared an adventure together.


Keep the connection

Day 8 is the day to say goodbye. All the miles sailed, saunas visited, skills gained and time shared with others will make us bond and build relationships. Cherish these, keep in touch and remember that your sailing tribe is there. See you another time!

What people say about Naleia
Naleia is awesome for everyone who enjoys traveling and a little adventure. I've been on the first trip to Croatia and it is great to see how far Naleia has come since. There is a variety of routes, I like the idea of social deposit scheme and it always attracts nice lovely people to share the trip with. Skippers are top notch and you will be able to balance learning how to sail with a few relaxing days at the sea with all it's joys. I'm now on the way to Thailand trip and can't wait to start
09:42 10 Feb 19
I usually fly solo when traveling, and it never occurred to me to sign up for a package tour. But I took a gamble here and Naleia exceeded my expectations. They have somehow figured out how to get adults to buy into a sincere spirit of group adventure and camaraderie without it ever feeling forced. And obviously, the locations are beautiful, the other people are engaging, the sailing is fun (you'll grow in confidence throughout the week), and it's clear that the Dominick and his team really care about the experience they are creating. You can easily do this trip alone, with friends, or with your significant other. I'm sure I'll sail with them more
Holly Masek
Holly Masek
14:15 03 Oct 18
Stop thinking about sailing with Naleia... and just book it. You’ll love it! Your fellow crew members are a wonderful bunch – and we had the most laid-back skipper ever to roam the Med. The scenery is amazing and varied: you’ll moor-up in a port one night amongst super-yachts then drop anchor the following night in a nearly-deserted bay. You’ll learn so much if you’ve never sailed before, but it’s all really relaxed. I’m so glad I took the plunge – you will be too. Maybe see you out there one day more
Suzanne Lantos
Suzanne Lantos
14:00 21 Jul 18
Dominik has an amazingly ability to make everyone feel included and have a great time while also teaching new skills. But the best part is that people grow and learn new skills for life and learn things about themselves without even knowing. I’m already booked on another trip and have made new connections with people that I know will be friends for life. Thank you all.
Gary Jenkinson
Gary Jenkinson
22:41 17 Jun 18
Well organised trip, with Dominik competently answering all questions before the trip. Skipper Nico with endless patience to teach the basics of sailing to complete Newbies - I'll be back!
17:38 17 Jun 18
Loved the sailing trip to Azores.Dominik and the crew were amazing!We had a beautiful experience whalewatching and learning the basics of sailing.I'll definitely sail with Naleia again!! 🙂
Giuseppe Enriquez
Giuseppe Enriquez
12:43 14 Jun 18
Having done the 'Same Same' tour in Thailand. It was one of the most amazing experiences we had. The snorkeling was beautifull and we saw so many fishes and coral. The group of people we were with was great and spending time with experienced skippers we learned a lot about sailing. I highly reccomend it. One tip, do bring your seasick pills if you are sensitive to that. You don't want to recover from your seasickness while the rest of us is swiming in bioluminescent glow in the dark plankton and having an amazing time.Cheers, Joao and Margaread more
joao caldeira
joao caldeira
08:54 08 May 18
I had such a great trip with Naleia! Me and my friends sailed in Thailand with them. It was wonderful. Our skippers Marc and Nico are the friendliest, most fun and professional people. Being on a boat for 10 days is a intense experience, exciting and deeply relaxing at the same time!Sailing is such a gentle way of traveling, you have to be in tune with nature. Our skippers managed to avoid most mass tourism by arriving at our destinations for the night just when everyone else was leaving. This meant that we had the most beautiful islands to ourselves. Thailand is such beautiful country and the islands we discovered were absolutely stunning. I especially loved snorkeling in Ko Ha.On top of all the wonderful experiences we learned about sailing. Hoisting the main sail, standing at the helm, doing tacks, ankering etc are all very empowering experiences!I absolutely loved the trip and am planning to go on other trips with Naleia!read more
Teresa Liska
Teresa Liska
01:50 03 Apr 18
Great sailing experience.. well not too much wind in the Seychelles in February but still an awesome trip! And Nico's a 5 star skipper 🙂
Cba Xyz
Cba Xyz
16:34 02 Mar 18
I had the best time in Croatia. If you ever had the thought to try sailing, I can thoroughly recommend Naleia! The organisation is superb, the people are warm and open and you will learn much more than just the sailing itself. Personal highlights include spotting dolphins, feeling us come together as a team, swimming in deep blue waters and enjoying local restaurants in remote locations accessible by the sea.
Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch
13:26 16 Sep 17
I just went to Croatia with Naleia and I can honestly say it was the best vacation I've ever had. It was the perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation. Dominik and Marc were fantastic skippers, and yacht life is the best life! Equally as important is the community that Naleia cultivates, we traveled with a great group of diverse people who were interesting, easygoing, and fun to spend time with. I will definitely be sailing with the Naleia crew again soon.
Elizabeth Moody
Elizabeth Moody
15:28 22 Aug 17
I joined the Croatia Sunset Route with Naleia having never sailed in my life before and finished as a competent crew member of a fun and international team of new friends. I’d thought about joining a party cruise and seeing some beautiful scenery along the way but the connection with nature and the flexibility of being on two small yachts was so much better as we were able to visit tiny local villages and go swimming and snorkelling in bays that would have been inaccessible otherwise.Learning to sail – great! Making new international friends – great! Flexible personalised routes - great! Professional organisation – great!Beautiful Croatian scenery – great!read more
Bryn French
Bryn French
16:43 19 Aug 17
I went on a trip to Croatia having never sailed before and couldn't have had a more positive experience. The skippers were friendly and happy to teach, the boat quickly became a team and a lot of thought was put into the program of the day! Highly recommended for anyone looking for an adventure on the high seas with a great bunch of people.
Christopher Mills
Christopher Mills
18:16 17 Aug 17
I went on a week trip in Greece, and would definitely recommend sailing with Naleia! Great organization, very kind, fun and interesting people, and amazing places. Personally, it was quite a different travel experience, which I welcomed since that was what I was looking for. Also, you don't need previous sailing experience. Learning is really fun! It was great, I'm looking forward to doing it again!
Maria Bertogli
Maria Bertogli
11:33 07 Jul 17