8. Helsinki: Arctic Hovercraft Experience with Lunch
Prepare to travel over breaking ice and snow as you explore deep into the frozen archipelago in a hovercraft. This day trip from Helsinki includes all the gear you need to experience the arctic waters warmly and safely. Complete your trip with a Finnish lunch.
The trip starts with morning pickup in Helsinki. After a 30-minute drive, reach Gumbostrand, the hovercraft departure pier. Here you will be provided with warm clothing for the day and safety equipment together with a short safety briefing.
The Hovercraft features a heated cabin and room for up to five passengers. Feel secure traveling with one to two experienced crew members and guides during the whole trip, depending on the number of passengers.
Depart the pier to start the drive through the archipelago winter landscape. Experience the empty, deep, frozen, and beautiful landscape as you travel between the islands over ice and open water on the way to an empty island.
Spot summer cottages, scenic landscapes, and potentially a seal, eagle, or other animals. Stop can be made on the way to take pictures on the thick and solid ice or to have a walk and listen to the complete silence.
Upon arrival at the base camp island, enjoy a warm non-alcoholic welcome drink as you prepare for a walk around the island.
Next, enjoy a guided walk along a typical archipelago nature trail. Learn about summer cottages and saunas, the birth of the archipelago after the Ice Age, and daily life in the archipelago. There will be dry toilets available to use on the island.
After the nature trail walk, optionally try out a unique experience floating around between ice rafts in a survival suit while staying completely warm and dry.
The suits are well insulated to keep you perfectly warm and dry during the whole swim. There is a heated cabin ready for you to change into these special suits.
An experienced crew member will be assisting you the whole time while a second member acts as a safety officer on the shore side. You can stay as long as you want in the water; a typical duration for the swim is 15-45 minutes.
If you choose not to swim, you can also stay ashore and take pictures of the other swimmers.
After the swim, enjoy a campfire lunch to get a taste of Finland. At the campfire, there is seating, roof protection, and big windows giving protection from the wind, rain, and other elements of nature, yet still providing beautiful scenery of the sea.
After the tour, ride back to your hotel or the airport.