- Discover Europe’s largest archipelago
- Immerse yourself in the magical Northern summer
- Unspoilt nature and deserted islands to explore
Which country in the world has the most islands? Indonesia
? Try again - move further west. Greece
? Not quite - the country with the highest amount of islands in the world is Finland
, with a whopping 180,000 between islands, islets and skerries. The number of Finnish islands is growing constantly, as a result of land uplift - a geological phenomenon dating back to the Ice Age, when Finland was covered by a large sheet of ice
, several kilometers thick. When the ice melted, the land started to raise - a process that is still ongoing, with the land rising approximately 1 cm every year. There are so many islands in Finland
that several Finns own private islands, and many other islands are set aside by the municipality for communal use - it’s free to camp, pick berries and mushrooms, fish with a line and simply enjoy the midnight sun in summer. As a result, Finland is the ideal destination for a private cruise
- many islands have marinas where you can stop, refuel and get provisions, and sailing
is very much a part of Finnish culture.
So, where should you go on your private cruise around Finland? The Helsinki archipelago alone is made up of over 300 islands - don’t miss visiting Suomenlinna, a fortified island with a long and interesting military history. Further south, following the southern coast past Hanko,
you’ll encounter Bengtskar
, a magical skerry with Finland’s most famous lighthouse
, where you can spend the night. Alternatively, you can enjoy a private cruise around the Åland Islands
, an autonomous archipelago halfway between Finland and Sweden, with a unique culture and Swedish-speaking population. Keep browsing our listings and start planning your Finland private cruise with us!