Espoo coast and archipelago incentive
Peace and scenic marine landscapes in the archipelago create an inspiring atmosphere for incentive trips. We made an example of an itinerary to open up the diverse possibilities the city of Espoo has to offer. But a few facts first!
Did you know that Finland's archipelago is the largest in the world? Alone here in Espoo, we have 165 islands, more than Hawaii. Five of the islands are in recreational use and reachable by archipelago boats in the summertime. If you want to learn more about the Espoo archipelago's history, head to the archipelago museum on Pentala island.
In addition to the islands, Espoo boasts 58 km of shoreline, of which the 40 km long Espoo Waterfront Walkway welcomes you to enjoy the marine vibes. Hop on a city bike and get to know the city from a maritime perspective.
- Ideal group size: 20-30
- Season: Summer (May-Aug)
DAY 1 (Arrival)
Image: Hotel Hanaholmen, suite.
Arriving at Espoo and at your hotel, Hanaholmen, located a stone´s throw away from Helsinki with the Finnish archipelago just outside the window. Spacious rooms of Hanaholmen are decorated in Nordic style and are filled with natural light. Each room offers a view of unique maritime nature. In addition to Standard and Superior rooms, the hotel offers two exquisite suites. The total capacity of the hotel is 66 rooms.
Refresh yourself at the sauna and pool area before heading for dinner. Or if your wish, book your first team-building activity inside or outdoors.
Welcome dinner is set at rooftop restaurant Lucy In the Sky. where you can walk along the beach walkway (2 kilometres) or book a group transport. Lucy serves contemporary bistro food along with a unique view on top of Accountor Tower. The restaurant's glass walls provide views in all directions showcasing the best of the Helsinki region from diverse urban landscapes to natural parks.
HERRÖ event venue in Herrö island. Image: Rasmus Karppinen.
The morning is reserved for the official business program in Hanaholmen's conference facilities. We recommend the relaxed Frank meeting room, from where you can go directly to the seaside for a breath of fresh air. Lunch will be served at the hotel's restaurant Plats. if it is a warm and sunny day, lunch is served on the terrace, with a sea view of course!
The afternoon is all about watersports and building team spirit at Finland's biggest Watersport centre Laguuni!
At Laguuni, you can spend an active summer day full of water activities and try your skills on wakeboarding, SUP polo, or flyboarding. Or how about having fun at the giant floating water park? Book a guided kayaking safari or e-biking tour for your group. And get acquainted with the Finnish sauna experience!
Have a look at the summer vibes from Laguuni 😎!
After freshening up back at the hotel, we jump aboard a sailboat at Hanaholmen's pier and head to a dinner party with Hiiohoi Oy at one of Espoo's lovely island restaurants.
Hiiohoi operates four different seaside venues called Ruusuniemi, the Kallbåda lighthouse, Paven and HERRÖ, each of which has its own special features. We will be happy to help you choose your favourite one for your group! A memorable evening is a promise as serving high-quality food made with passion from the season's best ingredients is at the heart of Hiiohois events.
Image: Royal Line, Royal Cat vessel.
The last day's programme includes a thematic archipelago cruise with Royal Line to gorgeous Suvisaaristo. You can admire the scenery from the sundeck while enjoying refreshing beverages and lunch.
In addition to beautiful landscapes, the Espoo archipelago offers an exciting history. Did you know that the sale, possession and use of alcohol were prohibited in Finland when the Prohibition Act entered into force in 1919? However, during the Prohibition Act, Espoo's coast offered great opportunities for alcohol smuggling.
Controlling the archipelago was difficult, as the coastline was long and offered many good hiding places for liquor cargoes. Experienced seafarers also knew the sea lanes better than the official authorities. In the 1920s, we saw chases, confiscations and many kinds of human destinies. Royal Line's Smuggler's Espoo thematic cruise takes you to these authentic event places to hear stories about the lives of islanders and smugglers.
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Main image: Hiiohoi Oy / Isko Salminen