Helsinki Tours
Helsinki City 3-Hour Kayak Trip

Helsinki City 3-Hour Kayak Trip

By Natura Viva
Experience the best sights of Helsinki from a kayak. Starting point of this tour is just a short walking distance away from Helsinki city center. Paddle next to old town, Uspenski cathedral, market square, giant icebreakers and see the beautiful archipelago of Helsinki. This tour is suitable for everyone no previous experience needed!
per adult
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Ages 15-99, max of 7 per group
Duration: 3h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • All kayaking equipment
  • Rainjackets if needed
What's not included
  • Private transportation

  • Kaisaniemenranta 11, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
    Go to Kaisaniemenranta and your guide will wait next to a kayak pop-up trailer located at shoreline.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 120701P6

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 120701P6

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    • Natura Viva
      Helsinki, Finland
      Joined in June 2011
    • O4267GStiml
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful kayaking experience
      Wonderful kayak tour. Really beautiful scenery. Easy paddling and a great day out. The guide was very professional. 5 star expeience
      Written 9 July 2024
    • EdSchwitzky
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Who Gets to Kayak the Finnish Archipelago? We Did!
      Michele and I took leave of our ocean cruise to kayak the Finnish Archipelago. Of all our experiences while visiting 10 countries during 20 days abroad, this was a Top 3 highlight! The setting was unforgettably beautiful. And it was so serene on the water. Natura Viva provides the best equipment. Our guide, Tinna, made sure we knew how to use it. Good thing, as we went out WAY farther and longer than I expected. Who gets to do this? We did!
      Written 5 November 2023
    • sprulyph
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An unforgettable perspective on Helsinki and suitable for non-experienced kayakers
      Our family of three did the "Helsinki by Kayak" guided tour of about 3 hours' length. We've done a very tiny bit of kayaking before on very calm waters, but are pretty close to being beginners, so we can say that this tour is (as they say in their promo materials) perfectly suitable for those with little or no kayaking experience. Aniinna was our guide and she was fantastic, very friendly, informative, and watching out for how we were doing at all times. The tour started on the body of water near the "Long Bridge," just in front of the Botanical Garden, went west under a railroad bridge into a bigger bay with fantastic views of downtown Helsinki buildings, then we went east into other bays, beached on a small city island for a snack (which they provided) and bathroom break, and paddled into slightly more industrial parts which was fun too. Other than when the weather got a bit rainy and windy near the end requiring us to paddle a little harder, the waters were generally super gentle and easy to glide around. This tour gives you a wonderful perspective on the city that you can't experience in any other way. The waters in and around Helsinki are so integral to the geography and the very nature of the city that you will come to a deeper "feeling" for the city if you participate in this tour. For our family I can say we will never forget this experience. And again, we are pretty close to being kayaking rookies. Natura Viva seems like a great outfit, run by folks with a great love for their land and the desire to share that with visitors.
      Written 25 July 2023
    • oscarhP1198AK
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not experienced? No problem, you will have a great time.
      On a recent weekday evening my family took the guided tour from Mattinkyla Beach in Espoo. We were completely inexperienced but Tiina was the perfect teacher and tour guide, teaching us the basics and many tips, taking our lack of experience into account but also challenging us. Her love of the sport really came through. We had a wonderful time and look forward to more kayaking in the local archipelagos.
      Written 5 August 2022
    • Experience474403
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Natura Viva's booking application in Finland charged double the price
      Natura Viva's booking application in Finland charged double the price after making a one-day reservation at the accommodation. The receipt I received didn't really show that there was a mistake, but I assumed that the price for the Friday-Saturday reservation was double. I couldn't find the price list for the reservation or the price breakdown on any site, so it was difficult to determine what the issue was. I sent an inquiring e-mail to Natura Viva's customer service and after the weekend Natura Viva promised to refund the extra price they charged. I assumed they would provide additional compensation due to the system error I found. Yet, they did not offer any additional compensation and, despite my request, they did not agree to pay. If I hadn't noticed the double charge myself, Natura Viva wouldn't have noticed it either, and I would have paid the price of two days for a one-day reservation, i.e. €149 too much. I hope no one else has had to pay double the price for booking Natura Viva. A warning about possible double charging should also be visible to the booker. Now apparently the system error is being fixed, so it may be that this error will no longer occur. However, I urge Natura Viva customers to check the charges for their own previous bookings, if it is still possible. However, Natura Viva did not praise me in any way for finding a system error and reporting it, which raised my doubts about Natura Viva as a reliable operator and a party benefiting from double billing.
      Written 26 July 2022
    • MacGhilleBrath
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Enjoyable Kayaking Experience in Helsinki
      Tiina was a perfect guide for our Natura Viva kayaking experience, taking three totally untrained Americans and teaching us proper kayaking techniques while exploring the islands off of Helsinki. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, would most certainly go again. Thanks, Tiina and Natura Viva team.
      Written 23 July 2022
    • S2Frozen
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommended guided trip
      Had a fantastic private kayak trip under the expert guidance of Tiina. The initial briefing was thorough but swift and the paddling itself was stunning. The four of us all have different levels of experience and everyone enjoyed it. 3 hours was just about the perfect duration. The facilities on land are also great. Clean, secure etc. Would highly recommend this excursion to anyone wanting to see the beauty of the islands around Helsinki.
      Written 4 July 2022
    • 756jog
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An amazing trip
      We had a two day kayak trip around the islands in the Helsinki area. So amazing - excellent kit provided and tuition. The area we were in was breathtakingly beautiful, we went wild camping, went to a sauna on a small remote island and were served gorgeous food. The kayaking was superb. Our guides Juha and Sana was so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable - lovely people. 100% recommended.
      Written 21 June 2022
    • Diggles0
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unforgettable trip
      Just back from an unforgettable two day kayaking trip, guided by the wonderful Sanna and Juha. What an experience - rain, sunshine, wind, sauna, swimming, laughter, great food, great company and a big of paddling too. They listened to us, and tailored the trip to match our capabilities, our requests and the weather. We were always in safe hands.
      Written 20 June 2022
    • brittaran
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great SUPboarding experience
      Superb place for our first time supboarding. Chris was a great guide. We used the Riptide boards which apparently are good for beginners. Thanks!
      Written 18 August 2020
    • Heracles_Sakalis
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Room for improvement
      Great place for kayaking but I am a bit concerned about customer service. Staff were friendly and welcoming on a previous visit but yesterday was a bit disappointing. There is a sea plane in the bay and it came out and started preparing to take off as we were returning. We stopped and waited for the aeroplane to take off and arrived on the beach seven minutes late. Their first concern was to say it was twelve minutes (it wasn't, it was seven) and that they have to charge another €20. It makes my safety feel a bit cheap when I am on the water in a kayak with a sea plane taking off. Not an ideal situation for a sports club. It is a pity because otherwise it is a great place. I hope that they will address the issue.
      Written 2 August 2020
    • Hatton
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A great day out in Finnish countryside
      We nearly cancelled our trip as it was such appalling bad weather - very heavy rain. We are so relieved that we didn't as we had such a wonderful day. We were provided with waterproofs that kept us nice and dry. Sonya was an exceptional guide - friendly, informative and patient (it took us a while to work out how to steer the canoe). The lake and the forest were so beautiful and we feel that this trip was the highlight of our stay in Helsinki.
      Written 16 September 2019
    • debbjo612
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A fantastic ending to our nothern adventure!
      We had an amazing time kayaking with Natura Viva the last day of our stay in Helsinki. Chris was a great guide—very friendly, discreet, polite, professional, made us feel comfortable in an instant and he explained everything we needed to know. We learned a lot, plus the Finnish nature and scenery were amazing. Great experience, totally recommended. Next time we will do the evening one! Chris, kiitos man, you rock! Moi moi!
      Written 15 September 2019
    • AlainG2006
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful experience with a lot of surprises!
      If you wish to experience a little bit of nature of Finland while visiting Helsinki, it’s I think one of the best ways to do it! The guide could perfectly show us different facets of a finish forest. I recommend it!
      Written 30 August 2019
    • happy53Wanaka
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Easy Escape to National Park
      Wonderful scenery, beautiful lake and walk. Well looked after by knowledgeable guide. Trip made easy by pick up and drop off from downtown Helsinki.
      Written 30 August 2019
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles1 review
    Very good

    Ruth L
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2024 • Solo
    I had the best trip!
    100% recommend.
    Tiina was the best guide, she made me feel super comfortable as a beginner and explained everything to me really well.

    I ended up being the only one on the kayak tour, everyone else cancelled because of the wind but I felt really safe and the route was modified to take into account the weather and I still saw a lot.

    I will now feel more confident to do kayaking again on future trips :)
    Written 10 June 2024
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