Sailing is key on any sailing ship, and weather permitting, the skippers of Astrid and Svanhild will exploit the winds as much as possible. To avoid heavier seas, we can also sail more sheltered routes when needed.
Customers will have the opportunity to take part in all ship activities, from hoisting and trimming sails to navigating and steering the vessel.
The Finnish archipelago is beautiful all year round and sailing on an authentic wooden ship is an unforgettable experience. We can also dock at a nearby island or anchor at a sheltered creek, enjoy nautical cuisine from the galley or dip in the sea after sauna.
The most beautiful archipelago in the world, ships restored with love, delicious food and cheerful crew at your service! Contact us by e-mail or call us and let’s plan an unforgettable sailing cruise for you!
Our ships are located in Helsinki, Finland at the southern end of the Halkolaituri pier in Pohjoisranta. No parking is available on the pier, but vehicles are allowed access for loading and unloading.
A wooden galleass, m/aux Astrid was built in 1947 in the rural district of Porvoo, Finland, for coastal freight traffic. The current owners acquired Astrid in 1969 for sail training purposes. The cargo hold was transformed into a cosy salon for lounge and lodging. Along the years, chartering has taken a key role in Astrid’s operations, but a lot of emphasis is still placed on youth sail training. Astrid was approved to Finland's National Board of Antiquities’ registry of traditional tall ships in 1994. The ship has been completely refitted and equipped with the latest technology and safety equipment.
Astrid is suited for groups of up to 60 people, with overnight lodging available for 22 people. Youth cruises can accommodate up to 30 people overnight.
Svanhild was built in Grännes, Finland, in 1948 for timber freight traffic around the Baltic Sea. The current owner acquired Svanhild in 1972, the ship’s cargo hold was transformed into a recreational space, and new masts and rigging were constructed according to the ship’s original model. Renovations were continued in 2006 when Svanhild received a new keel and the ship’s technical systems and interior fixtures were renewed. Svanhild is an excellent setting for both evening gatherings as well as cruises lasting several days. The ship is equipped with seven 2-3-person cabins, accommodating up to 20 people. On day cruises Svanhild can hold up to 60 people.
Svanhild was approved to Finland's National Board of Antiquities’ registry of traditional tall ships in 1994.
Ingrid was built as a trawler in Denmark in 1932 and its home port was a small but busy fishing port at the east coast of Denmark.
Finnish sailing ship enthusiast found abandoned Ingrid in 1994 in very bad shape at remote port. It was love at first sight and after thousands of working hours and full renovation in years 1994-2002 Ingrid has been back in business, chartering in beautiful Finnish archipelago with our other traditional wooden sailing ships.
Ingrid is suited for small groups up to 12 people, with overnight lodging available for 8 people.
Delicious food is an important factor in any successful sailing cruise. You can either bring your own or let our Chef, Juha Laukontaus, prepare a delicious banquet for you. How does an extensive island buffet, seven-course sit-down dinner, delicious traditional fish chowder or a barbecue on an island cliff top sound?
Summertime guarantees the perfect ingredients for a feast: spring potatoes, fresh seafood and home-grown vegetables. And towards the end of summer the ships are loaded with crayfish. The customer is responsible for the purchase and delivery of alcoholic beverages.
Chef Juha Laukontaus will come up with a tailored catering plan for you.
The prices include the ship and crew. The prices do not include food and refreshments. For sail cruises exceeding 24 hours, please contact us for a separate quote. Unless otherwise agreed, cruises depart from and return to Halkolaituri in Pohjoisranta, Helsinki. Transfer of the ships from the home port to other departure or return locations will cost 250 € per hour. VAT 10% will be added to the prices.
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Sailing in the ambiance of past decades is an unforgettable experience!
In July our ships set off on longer excursions, sailing in the Finnish Archipelago, the Saimaa lake district or even to Saarenmaa in Estonia. A holiday cruise on a genuine old-time sail vessel is an experience you will never forget. It’s all about team work, where guided by the experienced crew, you can take part in all activities aboard. Or you can leave all the work to us.
A cruise can take anything from 24 hours to a month. All cruises will be planned according to your wishes. Svanhild caters for up to 20 people sleeping in seven 2-3-person cabins. On Astrid we share lodgings in the salon, with berths for up to 25 people.
Unless otherwise agreed, cruises depart from and return to Halkolaituri in Pohjoisranta, Helsinki. Transfer of the ships from the home port to other departure or return locations will cost 250 € per hour. VAT 10% will be added to the prices.
The prices include the ship and crew, bed linen and towels. The prices include usage of the ship engine for maximum 6 hours per day. The prices do not include food, refreshments or possible port charges.
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