Två personer i varsin kajak som paddlar i Ålands skärgård.

Excellent conditions for kayaking

Seeing Åland from the water is always an experience, from spring to autumn. Rent a kayak and discover one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos.

Exploring Åland and its surrounding islands, sea, sky and horizon will give you an unparalleled feeling of freedom. When going by kayak, the water will show you the way, with endless possibilities to be found among the thousands of islands and skerries. You’ll find everything from calm bays for beginners to more challenging paddling water in the outer archipelago, where you can land just about anywhere for a refreshing dip in the sea.

The Norrhavsrutten kayaking route is a tip for those who look for challenges. The entire route extends from Käringsund in the west to Jurmo in the east. Norrhavsrutten is nothing for beginners, but you can easily choose to paddle only parts of it. Or, go kayaking with a guide.

Islands worth visiting in the northern and eastern archipelagos include the Boxö nature reserve with Åland’s largest, the rocks of Saggö island and the Länsmansgrund nature reserve.

Marina Hamnsundet in Saltvik rents out kayaks. You can also book a kayak trip with itineraries, catering and an overnight stay in a traditional archipelago hut or in a glamping tent.

For beginners

Paddelboden paddle shack offers relaxing 2-hour evening kayakings amidst the islands south of Mariehamn on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 27 June & 31 August. You can also book a day excursion with lunch to the pilot station of Kobba Klintar.

You can hire canoes/kayaks in Åland. Canoes/kayaks can be driven to a desired put-in and picked up when you are done, provided that the location can be reached by car.

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