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Sailing the inner northern seas: the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia, is an amazing experience. Sheltered from the Atlantic, experience Sweden’s gorgeous unspoiled coastline sprinkled with archipelagos, island life Swedish-style, undisturbed nature, sheltered waters, clean beaches, your very own deserted island, or islands and coastal fishing villages with fabulous seafood restaurants, bars and activity stop-offs.
The sailing season in Sweden is July-September and darkness falls for just 3 hours a day in high summer. So there is almost constant daylight as you sail the waters of the north, south, east and west coasts. Sweden has a very warm and dry climate despite its northern latitude.
You can sail the waters of the Gulf of Bothnia in Swedish Lapland and go onshore to experience the weird and wonderful geology of the High Coast from the east coast of Northern Sweden. Or why not opt for the Stockholm archipelago and the islands of Finnhamn, Grinda, Utö and Sandhamn, all of which have restaurants, bars and nature and adventure activities
The Baltic German Sea Coast, spanning the northern federal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomeranian is especially famous for its long bathing beaches and Baltic Sea spas. The National Park Jasmund on Rügen is a World Heritage – natural site, whereas the old towns of the Hanseatic cities Stralsund and Wismar are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage – cultural site. On the Baltic Coast between the Bay of Mecklenburg and the Island of Usedom there are over 18,000 public mooring sites, the largest of which are Hohe Düne in Rostock-Warnemünde, the harbour in Kühlungsborn as well as the Weiße Wiek in Boltenhagen.
The Stockholm archipelago is a vast system of islands and islets in which to sail. Popular islands in the archipelago are: Möja, Runmarö, Nämdö, Dalarö, Finnhamn, Grinda, Husarö, Ingarö, Isö, Ljusterö, Nämndö, Rödlöga, Tynninge, Utö, Svartsö and Värmdö. The islands are close together and unaffected by tides so sailing in this area is simple and relaxing. Gothenburg is Sweden’s largest port and a good starting point from which to explore the Swedish West coast. The West coast is the sunniest part of Sweden and good weather is common here during the summer.
Estonia, a secret well kept on the coast of Baltic Sea, is much closer and accessible than you think. Its winding coastline is by far more lengthy than its land border, surrounded by roughly 2000 islands. Vibrant atmosphere packed with many regattas, Estonia is a place well worth exploring by boat. Estonia has smaller and bigger yacht marinas to choose from located across the coastline and islands. In a matter of days, or in some cases hours, you can reach Estonian ports and marinas from neighbouring countries such as Finland and Sweden. By the shortest route from northern coast across the Gulf of Finland to Finland is just 25 nautical miles.