Please notice that some of the excursions happen at the same time!
Pre-conference diving excursion to Estonia 29th of May-1st of June
First day 29th of May
Welcome to Estonia!
We have arranged transportation accordingly as convenient as possible regarding your arrival. You will be picked up from the harbour/ airport by a charter bus with the rest of the group. Bus departure time will be announced after arrival's time tables will be confirmed.
• minimum Open water diver
• valid diving insurance is required
Ca 11.00 – Transport from Tallinn to Rummu quarry
Rummu quarry and underwater prison
Diving in Rummu quarry
- Depths near the underwater buildings are between 5-10 m and at the other side of the lake where the sunken forest (3-4m high trees underwater) is, maximum depth is 13 m.
Transport to Hiiumaa
Accommodation in Hiiumaa
Checking the equipment, briefing for the dive, introduction of sites
Second day and third day – diving days in Hiiumaa 30th and 31th of May
Dive sites are weather dependent.
• minimum Advanced open water diver
• cold water diving experience
• dry suit diving experience, good buoyancy control
• valid diving insurance is required
Interreg Central Baltic / Project Baltacar -maintained sites E. Russ and Akula is definitely on the list. All sites are situated on a moderate driving distance.
The depths of the dives vary from 14-30 meters. The visibility and amount of light can vary significantly on a daily basis.
Depending on the weather, the dives will take place on the following sites
Fourth day 1st of June
Transport to Tallinn and joining the one day excursion program to explore Tallinn before returning to Helsinki in the evening with a ferry.
Accommodation in single and double rooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Sauna.
Pre-conference excursion to Tallinn 1st of June
Tallinn is an amazing blend of old and new. The world-famous Old Town was largely constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries and is designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tallinn is easy to reach from Helsinki with a ferry, and in one day our group will explore the Seaplane harbour, the Old Town with the Medieval Kogg under conservation and so much more. Our Estonian colleagues will take good care of us. Join the adventure!
The Seaplane Harbour accommodates one of Europe´s grandest maritime museums. It includes the Seaplane Hangar, which was built to become part of Peter the Great´s naval fortress 100 years ago on orders from the Russian emperor Nicholas II. The architecture of the Hangar is remarkable, featuring the world´s first columnless thin-shell concrete domes of such volume. The building was used for seaplanes until the Second World War, and now it is serving as a museum. Come and see it yourself!
Pre-conference excursion 1st of June: Sail onboard a tall ship and visit fortress islands
Get onboard three masted top sail schooner m/aux Svanhild, be part of the sailing crew, and man the yards if you dare! We will sail from the heart of Helsinki to the beautiful naval fortress islands of Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari.
m/aux Svanhild af Borgå:
Svanhild was built in Grännes, Finland, in 1948 for timber freight traffic around the Baltic Sea. 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. In 2017 the rigging was rebuild and the ship became a three masted topsail schooner, and is at the moment the only sailing square rigger in Finland. 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 The Finnish Heritage Agency’s registry of traditional tall ships in 1994.
Sailing and island tour:
The Finnish archipelago is beautiful all year round and sailing on an authentic wooden ship is an unforgettable experience. At the beginning of the sail, our skipper will give a brief welcome speech, introducing the ship and explaining a little about its history. The guests will then throughout the sail have the opportunity to participate in all activities on board, from hoisting and trimming sails to navigating and steering the ship.
After setting sails the ship will head towards Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari where the guests have the opportunity to explore the islands fascinating history, unique nature and beautiful landscape with our experienced guides. Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari are part of the naval fortress including several islands outside Helsinki, and they were opened for public in 2016. After the island tour the sailing continues and nautical lunch is served from the galley. The ship sauna and towels are available for the guests.
- Maximum number of participants: 60 persons
- Minimum number of participants: 30 persons.
- Price / person: 75 € (incl. VAT’s)
- The price includes:
- Sailing cruise aboard m/aux Svanhild on Monday 1st of June, starting at 10 am and ending at 4 pm. The cruise depart from and return to Halkolaituri in Pohjoisranta, Helsinki
- The ship and the crew. The ship sauna and towels are available without extra charge.
- Creamy Salmon Soup (The catering includes: waitress, creamy salmon soup, bread basket and butter, water, dessert with coffee and tea).
- Guided island tour in Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari.
Conference excursion to Turku 5th of June
Jump into a bus with colleagues and in about two hours, you will find yourself in a medieval city of Turku in western Finland. Turku is a European city of culture where fresh sea winds, breath of history and modern bustle are side by side. Our main task is to visit the Forum Marinum, a maritime center comprising a national special maritime museum, and the Finnish Navy Museum. Forum Marinium is located next to the Turku Castle, more than 700 years old historical monument, standing guard of the river Aura.
The museum provides several interesting exhibitions during a year and displays a very interesting boat collection. The maritime centre has a considerable collection of museum vessels: two tall sail ships, four naval ships and several smaller vessels, ranging from a steam harbour tugboat to a police boat.
After a nice lunch at the museum restaurant, the trip continues to a dockyard of Ruissalo, which is refreshing from a closed area to a popular venue. The area is still functioning as an active dockyard for wooden vessels. In Turku, there are even bigger dockyards, nothing to brag about, but you knew that some of the biggest cruising ships in the world are still built in Turku.
In the evening, the bus will take you back to Helsinki with the bag filled with new experiences and stories.
Conference excursion to Kotka 5th of June
Jump into a bus with colleagues and in about 1,5 hours, you will find yourself in an industrial maritime setting in Eastern Finland. Explore the Maritime Centre Vellamo at the Old Port of Kotka!
The Maritime Centre Vellamo is a modern and unique museum complex that consist of two museums that tell the stories of the sea and exhibit local history. It is also known for it's breathtaking wave-like architecture.
Vellamo is the home of the national Maritime museum of Finland. A grand exhibition about Ruotsinsalmi - the Svenskund battles will be opening on May 2020. Come and feel the battles yourself!
Museum ship, the icebreaker Tarmo, was built in Newcastle in 1907, and it was purchased as the 3rd icebreaker of the Finnish state ice breaker fleet. Tarmo is the second oldest steam-powered ice breaker in the world and is also a record breaker what it comes to operating years - it served for almost 70 years. Tarmo spends its retirement years right next to Vellamo under the gentle care of the Maritime museum of Finland, and it is open for visitors during summer.
In Kotka you may also get charmed by the rapids of Langinkoski, as did the Emperor Alexander III and his wife Maria Feodorovna in 1880. They loved the place so much that they wished for a private lodging to be built for their family's use at the gorgeous riverside spot that today serves as a nature park area. The Imperial Fishing Lodge museum is open to public during summers.
Post-conference excursion to Stockholm 6th of June – 8th of June
Welcome to Stockholm! Jump into a ferry in Helsinki on Saturday evening, and find yourself cruising in the beautiful archipelago of Stockholm on Sunday morning. We plan to offer a guided tour of the Vasa museum (Sunday), and a wreck safari onboard an historical ship (Monday). The return trip will take place with a ferry on Monday evening, and you will find yourself back in Helsinki on Tuesday morning.
Visit the Vasa Museum: The Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm 1628. After 333 years on the seabed the mighty warship was salvaged, and the voyage could continue. Today Vasa is the world's best preserved 17th century ship and the most visited museum in Scandinavia.
Go on a wreck safari: A new museum, Vrak – Museum of Wrecks, is being built next to the Vasa Museum and will open in 2020. Join the museum’s maritime archaeologists on a shipwreck safari in the Stockholm archipelago. Together on board a historical ship, we will visit some of the well-preserved shipwrecks of the Baltic Sea.