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 Finland - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +2, summer time UTC +3 from April to October.

Yachting Essentials

Electricity
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz

LPG
Most types of LPG are avaialble including Camping Gaz.

Fuel
Fuel sold at marine fule berths containd 6% biodiesel.Pump-Out
Pump-out stations are widely available.
There must be no discharge of sewage within 12nm of the shore.
Grey water tanks are not rquired.

Opening Hours

Banks are open Monday to Friday 10:00-16:30.

Money

Finland uses the EURO.

ATMs in Finland are called OTTO, and they are easily recognised by their orange coloured signs.

Credit cards are accepted everywhere.

Communications

The International dialing code for Finland is +358.

Mobile phone - Call your cell phone provider to make sure that they offer phone coverage in Finland. Ask to be upgraded to international roaming.

Consider renting a cell phone or SIM card to use with your personal cell phone if your cellular company does not offer coverage in Finland. rangeRoamer provides short-term cell phone service for international travelers. Buy, Rent, or use your own cell phone.

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

Emergencies - Dial 112.
VHF Channel 16 should be used to contact the coastal rescue services.

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club.

The Finnish Maritime Administration produces general charts and boating charts with enlargements for areas demanding precise navigating as well as full descriptions of all marinas and public stages.
Go to www.fma.fi (English version of site available).

The Finnish Cruising Club publish a handbook of anchorages in Åland and on the south coast.

The Baltic Sea and Approaches
By RCC Pilotage Foundation
Publisher: Royal Cruising Club (4th Edition July 2017)
ISBN9781846236891
This new edition incorporates substantial updates refecting the changes happening in this area. It covers the nine countries bordering the Baltic Sea; Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Kaliningrad, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Russia.
Updates to the 3rd edn can be found at RCCPF Pilot - Baltic Sea

The Cruising Almanac 2018
By Cruising Association and Imray
Publisher Imray (2018 Edition)
ISBN9781846238703
Covers North West Europe from Shetland and southern Norway to Gibraltar and West Ireland to the Baltic. Fully revised and additional plans. Available as Imray Nautical Apps for iPad users. Free updates approximately every two months.

High Latitude Sailing
Explore the cold waters of the world
Published June 2014
By Jon Amtrup - Co-author Bob Shepton
$US 9.99
Kindle version available on amazon.com
Printed version to be published later this year (paperback soon to follow).

Arctic and Northern Waters
Published 2011, Revised 2014
By Jane Russell
Publisher: RCC Pilotage Foundation
Available for sale at the end of June 2014 
To find out more go to the RCCPF website where this is also supplementary information to this guide free to download.

Addicted to Adventure - Between rocks and cold places
Published May 2014
By Bob Shepton
Publisher: Bloomsbury
£11.69 
Battling Atlantic storms, losing a mast in Antarctica, sailing the Arctic, skiing across remote regions, climbing and sailing through the North West Passage.

A useful guide to the guest harbours in the Aland Islands.

Information on the guest harbours in Bothnian Bay

Another useful link to the guest harbours in Finland.

Guide to the Helsinki and Espoo Archipelago
Indicates the locations of the outdoor recreation islands of Helsinki and Espoo and the services available there for visiting yachts. In both Finnish and English. Dated 2010 and still current (2013).

http://www.channelpilot.info
A useful travel log by Nicholas Hill on sailing the Baltic. Very good descriptions, photos etc.

Sail in Finland!
https://sail-in-finland.info/
Everything you need to know about sailing here - a really informative website in English.

Update History

July 2017: Formalities and yachting essentials updated with information from RCCPF. Links and publications checked/updated.
April 2015: Publications reviewed.
November 2013: Formalities and links checked.
February 2013: Customs regulations checked.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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marketingi
marketingi says:
Feb 23, 2017 11:47 AM

30MILES project – small ports on the eastern Gulf of Finland are developing fast.

The 30MILES international cooperation project was established to develop small ports on the eastern Gulf of Finland, and six Finnish and six Estonian small ports are participating in it. The objective of the project is to harmonise the level of services, security and convenience of use of the ports. The outcome of the 30MILES project will be a ring of quality small ports every 30 miles apart around the Gulf of Finland.
The deadline for completion of the project is May 2018.

Further information: www.merikotka.fi/30miles

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 27, 2015 02:36 PM

Posted on behalf of Sven Hegelund, s/y Njord III
As you know, camping Gaz (butane) is not so easy to get in the Baltic. I am in Turku/Åbo in Finland and the harbourmaster of the yacht harbour on the North side of river Aura, managed to get some containers delivered to Turku from Helsinki and is planning to arrange for a small storage to be kept at the harbour or nearby for the benefit of guests at the yacht harbour.

AlWil
AlWil says:
Jun 14, 2015 03:06 PM

Clearance: when clearing out of Finland to a non-EU country, eg Russia, you must provide at least 4 copies of your crew list to be stamped. If then going from Russia eg to Estonia, get at least 5 copies stamped (4 for Russian border control, 1 for Estonian border control). Finland border control is relaxed about the regulation that after clearing out you must stay within a marked channel, but they emphasise that once in Russian waters you absolutely must stay within or just outside a marked channel.
Alan Wilson, Kiitaja (in 2011)

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