Cooperation with St1

Polaris 1 drone shot ©Fabian Schönenberger

The translated article from St1 website Ecological tourism without compromising comfort Open Shores Saimaa cruise ship, the Polaris 1, represents the company’s commitment to sustainable development. The 18-meter vessel was originally a maintenance vessel for the Defence Forces but has now been converted for tourist use. The vessel’s Valmet 612 diesel engine runs on St1’s […]

Punkaharju region

Punkaharju ridge © Matti Keltanen

Stunning Punkaharju ridge The Punkaharju region is home to a variety of plants and animals, including rare and endangered species. Our eco-tours focus on responsible and sustainable travel, making sure we don’t harm the natural balance of the environment. As you explore the area, you’ll be surrounded by a stunning natural landscape. There are large […]

Eco-tours at Lake Saimaa

Sustainable tourism One of the first things we agreed on while planning our company, was being as green as possible and using local services. Pristine nature in the Lake Saimaa region demands this approach and we are more than happy to live our promise in everyday decisions. Lake Saimaa offers clean waters, breathtaking natural beauty, […]

Sauna culture in Finland

Tent Sauna in Lake Saimaa, Finland

Sauna culture is very unique and one of the most celebrated things in Finland. We agree and embrace it! Our ship Polaris 1 has a woodburning sauna, and as a heater stove, it uses Harvia’s Green Flame. Harvia Green Flame has been developed in cooperation with the University of Eastern Finland to reduce small particles […]

Season 2022

Jyri © Matti Keltanen

Our first cruise season in 2022 is in the books! And it was a great one 🙂 We met plenty of great people, shared many stories, and learned a lot. Even though most of the stuff and operations were new for us, we can say with a pure heart we are on to something.  You […]

Lake Saimaa truly is the hidden pearl of Nordics

Polaris 1 drone shot ©Fabian Schönenberger

Lake Saimaa is very unique situated in the middle of the lake district in Finland. Our county is one the safest countries in the world, has more than 180’000 lakes and 73% of the country is covered by boreal woodland. Summer is the best time to visit Lake Saimaa when the sun hardly ever sets […]

Our Boat

Polaris 1 © Matti Keltanen

Polaris 1 has sleeping quarters for 8 people in comfortable bunk beds in 4 separate 2-person cabins. The ship has a sauna, shower, and toilet (another one is planned). The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, fridge, oven, stove, and all necessary small appliances and cutlery. At the moment we are rebuilding the interior […]