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Incentives in the Coast & Archipelago region

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Experience the coast.

Speedy boat rides, mysterious lighthouses and pristine Nordic beaches make Coast & Archipelago a great choice for incentive travel.
Credits: Nora Wilson

Explore the Baltic Sea

From majestic castles and historic manor homes to beguiling beaches and charming seaside cities, Coast & Archipelago has it all. Here are just a few reasons to organize an incentive to the world’s largest archipelago.

Travellers will never run out of Finnish islands to explore – after all, there are more than 50,000 of them! And the easiest way to island-hop is by boat. Whether it’s a sail from beach to beach, dinner in a secret bay or speeding along the beach on a RIB safari, cruising the Coast & Archipelago is an enjoyable way for guests to see a new side of the county’s landscape.  

Enjoy sweeping views of Finland’s coast from the comfort of a private sailboat.
Credits: Ann-Britt Pada

Visit a lighthouse

While the vast majority of Finland’s lighthouses have been automated, most aren’t abandoned – and many have stories to tell. Organise a trip to Utö, the oldest working lighthouse in Finland, or to Bengtskär, the highest lighthouse in the Nordic region. Prefer to stick closer to the capital? Try Söderskär, just an hour’s boat ride from Helsinki. No matter which one you choose, Finland’s many lighthouses offer plenty of intrigue.

Credits: : Julia Kivelä

Work out by the sea

Hop in the saddle and pedal your way through Finland’s stunning coastal landscape.
Credits: Juho Kuva

What could be more fun than traveling the coast by bike? Open between mid-May and early September, Finland’s beloved Archipelago Trail is a favorite of cyclists from around the world and an optimal choice for a two-wheeled trek. Of course, bikes aren’t the only way to explore the Coast & Archipelago; attendees can also get their fitness on and get around on a kayak or standup paddleboard.

Relax in a sauna

No trip to Finland is complete without a stint in the sauna, and the country’s coast doesn’t disappoint. For a bit of whimsy, try Storfinnhova Gård, an underground smoke sauna on the island of Kemiönsaari. Or keep it traditional at Forum, in the historic city of Turku. You can even take a private cruise down the Oulujoki River on a sauna raft. And winter, summer, spring or fall, don’t forget to cap off your visit to the sauna with a swim!

Enjoy a luxurious seaside sauna.

Taste the culinary coast

Many of Finland’s most food-focused cities call the western coast home. Turku, for example, is known as the country’s culinary capital. And when combined with coastal cities of Vaasa and Oulu, the Coast & Archipelago offers visitors plenty of spots to sample fresh food, local ingredients and unique flavours. Interested in scheduled a tasting tour for your guests? Check out this list of the coast’s top restaurants, breweries and distilleries for ideas.

Restaurant boats by the Aura River in Turku, Finland.
Credits: ©Seilo & Ristimaki - Iloinen Liftari Oy

Have a crayfish party

Crayfish parties, or “rapujuhlat,” are a Swedish tradition the Finns have adopted with zeal. These small, fresh-water lobsters are considered a delicacy, which is why they’re feted in style at parties that often include plenty of schnapps and special crayfish songs. These lively gatherings are a blast – organise one and give your guests a treat!

Don your bib and dig in! Finnish crayfish parties are a delicious, laid-back way to celebrate good food and great friends.
Credits: Emilia Hoisko