Finland’s coast boasts the world’s largest archipelago. Old wooden towns, lighthouses, historical manors and stone churches, large national parks stretching over land and sea.

The beautiful blue Baltic Sea surrounds almost half of Finland – in the West and South. It is one of the largest brackish inland seas in the world and has a salinity of less than 1% (where most ocean’s average 3.5%!). For centuries, the shores of the Baltic in Finland have been dotted by small, charming fishing towns and villages, many of which are more Swedish-spoken than Finnish. The laid-back islander lifestyle and a strong maritime culture are key characteristics of this fascinating area.

If the Finnish archipelago and long Baltic coast make you think about beautiful summer days filled with sailing and boating, you are definitely on the right track. But the Finnish coast invites you for many great experiences throughout the year.

The Finnish coastline, including the archipelago islands, is more than 40 000 km long. Sprinkled along those shores you’ll find the loveliest cottages for rent. Many are equipped for winter use too and are accessible all year round.

In addition to spending some of the most idyllic summer days of your life, try weathering out a fall storm or watching the spring ice melt from the warmth of a peaceful island cottage just by the edge of the sea…

In the spring, winter slowly yields its grip and the sea is once more open. Soon the air will be full of the migrating birds returning north. Out on the islands, every season has its own charm. Autumn is the perfect time to seek solitude and peace while nature sheds its summer colors and prepares for winter. Why not rent your own little hideaway?ou’ll get back for more. Here are 5 ways to explore the coasts and islands – no matter what the season.

When the ice age receded from Finland, one of the reasons people started to move north was because of the good fishing and hunting opportunities. Still today the coastal waters offer excellent spots for sport fishing. Fall is the high season of fishing but the season doesn’t stop when the sea and lakes freeze over, quite the contrary. That’s when the Finns put on their warm winter gear and go ice fishing. You can fish on your own almost everywhere after buying the correct licenses but your chances of getting that big catch will be greater if you use the services of a local guide.

If you’re a golfer, you’ve seen it: that dream green with the blue sea in the background. Well, this is just like some of the best golf courses along the Finnish coast. Most offer great modern facilities and a select few have been built on the grounds of old manors. They offer just the perfect surroundings for buying a round after your hole-in-one! The length of the golf season is highly dependent on the weather but typically starts in May and ends in October. If the winter is exceptionally warm you can perhaps even play a Christmas game in December. Combine a game of golf with a holiday at the Wiurila manor and find both conveniently placed just next to the Salo city guest harbor.

Whether you spend your days in the Finnish archipelago sailing in the summer, fishing in the autumn or nesting in a cosy cottage during the cold spring or winter months, you will love the experience all the same.

 

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