Natura Viva
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Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
About
Natura Viva is an outdoor company in Southern Finland. We offer kayaking, canoening, stand up paddle and fatbike tours in the Helsinki and Nuuksio National Park area. In the summer our most popular tour is Helsinki by Kayak and we also have programs in Nuuksio National Park every day. We rent kayaks, SUP-Boards, rowing boats and Fatbikes at our Paddling Center in Eastern Helsinki. In Nuuksio National Park at Hawk Nest we rent canoes, SUP-boards, rowing boats and Fatbikes. A cafe operates in both locations. Discover the best of the Helsinki nature with us!
Helsinki, Finland

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Tim L
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
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
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Ruth L
1 contribution
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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EdSchwitzky
Tucson, AZ67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
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 6 November 2023
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sprulyph
Columbia, SC45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
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
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Oscar H
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
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
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M. K.
Helsinki, Finland1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
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
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MacGhilleBrath
Phoenix, AZ37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
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
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S2Frozen
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
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
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Jo G
Crowthorne, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
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
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Thank you for your visit and your review. We are happy to hear that your trip was a success. You are more than welcome to visit again. Best Regards, Team Natura Viva
Written 23 June 2022
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Diggles0
London12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
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
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Many thanks for your review. We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your trip. We will pass your kind words to our team and we would love to show you more if you come visit again. We wish you a great summer. Best Regards, Team Natura Viva
Written 23 June 2022
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