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Helsinki: Arctic Hovercraft Experience with Lunch

Activity provider: Redrib Experience Oy Ltd

Helsinki: Arctic Hovercraft Experience with Lunch

Activity provider: Redrib Experience Oy Ltd

From US$ 411.64 per person

Explore the winter landscape of the archipelago aboard a hovercraft on this tour from Helsinki. Stop on an island for a survival suit swim between ice rafts and enjoy a campfire lunch.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, German
Pickup included
Please wait in the lobby 10 minutes before pickup time. Pickup time is 9:00 AM.

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the nature and silence of the arctic archipelago
  • Go on a guided nature trail walk
  • Spend a day outdoors in fresh air
  • Get a chance to swim among the ice while staying warm
  • Enjoy a barbecue lunch by the campfire
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Whole-body floatation suit
  • Life vest
  • Winter gloves
  • Hat
  • Winter boots
  • Pickup and drop-off (Helsinki hotel/airport/address)
  • Non-alcoholic welcome drink
  • Light lunch
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Alcohol and drugs

    Know before you go

    • You can come on the trip with normal streetwear winter clothing; we provide you with everything you need for the trip
    • If you choose to swim, expect the water temperature to be +3C degrees and the air temperature below zero

    Product ID: 395420