In the Åland island world the islands, sea bays and water ways never seem to end. You can quickly switch between the inner and outer archipelago. There are both calmer waters with a denser archipelago for the beginner, and the open sea for the more experienced kayaker.
According to the kayak renter Peter Nilsson at Nimix, there are two kayaking places that are especially popular:
“First and foremost there is northern Åland where you begin in Eckerö and continue north around Geta and then south toward Bomarsund in Sund. You can also paddle to Mariehamn or all the way around and then back to Eckerö again. This is a very varied route – from open sea, harsh landscape and granite red cliffs in the north to more of an archipelago in the south.
“Föglö is also a popular paddling area with dense archipelago and many small islands, he continues. It is suitable for a beginner or if you just want to paddle around in a safe environment.”
Paddling if you are less experienced in kayaking, it’s a good idea to choose a ready-made route suggestion and paddle in a group together with a skilled paddle guide.
Besides, when you turn to a specialist you get out of making progress by trial and error, making mistakes as you go along. Instead you get to go on a trip that shows you the very best of Åland. At the same time it always gives you peace of mind to travel with a guide who has good local knowledge and who is familiar with everything from the weather and wind to the ferry services.
Paddling is an amazing adventure out in nature. The outdoor guides Jan Kankkonen, Erik Rudels and Leif Höglund make up Friluftsentreprenörerna S.G.U – an abbreviation for training, guiding and adventure. Between them they provide different types of outdoor activities for any group interested.