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Sailing the Coast of Finland
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Day 1: You
arrive at the airport in Helsinki and are greeted by your
captain. He points out various interesting sights on the way
back to the yacht. After taking a quick shower to revive you
after your long flight, you are anxious to explore the near-by
delights of Helsinki. Since it is a very compact town, there
is much to see and do within a short stroll.
Day 2: The
sun went down late, and you with it, and came back up very
quickly and you
well, it took a bit longer. You take
a quick trip to the Old Market Hall to see the early morning
rush of activity. Back to the boat, the lines are thrown off,
and your adventure begins. First stop: Snappertuna, about
45 miles southwest of Helsinki. You arrive there by late afternoon,
with plenty of time to explore this tiny farming town.
Day 3: You
decide to explore Raseborg Castle, believed to date from the
14th century, before you depart Snappertuna. Hanko lies about
33 miles to the southwest, and is known for its long stretches
of sandy beaches. A lovely town to wander about, perhaps even
going for a bike ride.
You wake to the gentle motion of the ocean as you sail along.
The sail to Turku is about 85 miles, though a myriad of small
islands. The captain stops and anchors by one at noon, taking
everyone ashore in the tender for a beach picnic. You arrive
in Turku by late afternoon, in plenty of time to visit some
of the local pubs.
The morning is spent exploring Turku, and pretending you are
royalty while at Turku Castle. Sail away to the Alands after
lunch, where the captain chooses the perfect island in Brando
group of islands to anchor next to for the night. Spend the
rest of the day kayaking among the inlets, around mighty boulders
and stopping on smooth rocky beaches.
Sail to Kallskar in the island region of Kokar. Explore the
Kallskarkannen rock formation and Baron Akerhjelms gardens.
For the divers, the captain can arrange a dive with the local
dive boat to explore some of the shipwrecks in the area. Finish
the day by sailing on to Mariehamn, the largest town in the
Aland archipelago for your last night.
Leaving the Aland Islands behind, you sail on to Stockholm
where you will catch your plane home. As the plane gains altitude,
you will look down and know that next time, you will make
your charter holiday 2 weeks, not one.
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