How to rent a houseboat in Finland? What should you consider in choosing it and what to pack?
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Why should I choose Bellamer’s Houseboat?
Bellamer’s houseboats combine quality, comfort, luxury and style. Our goal is to make environmentally friendly houseboats. The houseboats are also allergy friendly. Our team has been getting good feedback from the excellent service and they will strive to make your dream holiday to come true – we’re here for you!
Do I need a special license to drive a houseboat?
No, you just need to be over 15 years of age. Our qualified instructors will tell you everything you need to know about houseboating.
Where do the houseboats depart from?
Bellamer’s houseboats are based in Jyväskylä and all hires must depart from and return to our marina.
Where is Jyväskylä?
Jyväskylä is located in the Central Finland. It is just over an hour drive of Tampere and three hour drive of Helsinki.
How do I choose a boat to suit my group? Can I travel alone?
The main things to consider when booking a houseboat are: the number of people, what kind of facilities do you require, what is your budget, the booking availability of the boat and would you prefer a weekday holiday, a weekend holiday or a full week holiday. Compare our Houseboats in here.
We strongly recommend at least two persons (preferably more than 15 years old) for a Houseboat Holiday, as it’s much easier to control the houseboat with helping hands.
How many people are allowed on board?
The houseboats are registered for 12 persons, but depending on the houseboat model, there are sleeping places for 4-8 persons.
Is a Houseboat Holiday a good option for families with children?
A Houseboat Holiday is great fun for all ages! Nature’s closeness provides great possibilities for exciting summer activities to share with your family.
In a houseboat, children have adequate space to play while the houseboat travels along the clean waterways of Finland. Houseboats are equipped with all necessary security devices and messaging systems.
Can I bring pets onboard?
Unfortunately, as our houseboats are allergy-friendly, pets are not allowed onboard.
How much does it cost?
All the houseboat ranges have different prices and it will depend on how long you want to go for and what time of the year. Current pricing is available on our website www.houseboat.fi/en. Remember to select the houseboat you are interested in. The prices quoted are per houseboat, not per person.
We offer three different rental options: week holiday (4 nights, Monday-Friday), weekend holiday (3 nights, Friday-Monday) and full week holiday (7 nights, Monday-Monday or Friday to Friday)
What’s included in the rental price?
- The houseboat with all the equipment mentioned above for the individual use.
- Introduction of the houseboat (including the captain course and introduction for houseboat’s and safety equipment).
- Easy to use navigation system as well as electronic and paper lake maps.
- Planning the routes and giving recommendations based on your preferences.
- It’s also possible to program the selected route in the navigator ready.
- End cleaning 100€
- VAT 24%
The rental price excludes tranportations, or other additional services. (unless ordered beforehand). After the rental, the consumed fuel also has to be paid by filling up the tank accoring to usage.
Is there a security bond?
Yes. When you board the houseboat you will be required to pay a damage deposit of 2500€ by cash or card. From the damage deposit, we will deduct possible damages. The damage deposit will be returned after the houseboat has been returned and our team has checked it.
When and where can I check in and out?
The houseboats are located in Jyväskylä harbour. A houseboat can be occupied in the arrival date from 15.00/3 PM, untill 17.00/5 PM. We’re located in the city’s side of the harbour, where you can arrive directly with your crew – our staff will be waiting you at your houseboat.
The check-out time is at 10.00/10 AM on the departure date. The houseboat should be returned back to base with a full fuel tank, which our staff is glad to help you with. Our staff is always waiting you back at the Jyväskylä harbour and will assist you with everything needed.
How do I make a booking?
Simply contact our office via phone +358 40 164 6168 or email email@example.com and make a tentative booking. To confirm the booking we would require a deposit to be paid within the 7 days. The deposit will be deducted from the rent fee and full written confirmation is then sent to you and the balance of payment is due 28 days prior to boarding the boat. Once final payment has been received, an information kit will be sent to you to assist with planning the rest of your holiday. The other option is to book your dream holiday online at www.houseboat.fi/en
What is provided on the boat and what do I need to bring?
We provide almost everything on board for you to make your holiday as easy and stress-free as possible.
Along the equipment and boating items, the houseboats have the needed cooking suplies, cutlery, cleaning equipment and -fluids, toilet paper and hand soap, pillows and blankets and one bag of food for sauna.
The rental excludes bed linens and towels, which can be easily rented from us at the base, or in advance. We also sell more wood, if you need additional bags.
You should bring the person hygiene products you prefer and the food and other groceries needed.
Does the houseboats have electricity and hot water? Do I need an adapter? How about Wi-Fi?
The houseboats have a modern equipment and have full electricity and heating. The power used is 230V, so depending to the origin country, an adapter might be needed. The taps have cold and hot water. The houseboat takes the water straight from the lake and it goes through a filter first, so it’s drinkable too. This is also why filling up the water tank is not necessary.
Almost a whole lake area is covered by a Wi-Fi-connection, so internet can be accessed anywhere you go. This applies also to mobile phones.
How’s fishing in Finland? Do I need licenses?
Finland is paradise for all fishers. The country is covered in numerous kinds of clean freshwater lakes: one tenth of Finland is made up of lakes, rivers and ponds. All in all, there are 187 888 lakes and 647 rivers in Finland. Finland has about 1100 kilometers of sea shoreline without including the countless inland islands and little inlets along them.
Lake Päijänne a excellent place for fishing. Lake Päijänne is Finland’s the second largest lake. The Finnish lakes and shores covered with reeded bays, beaches and shallow waters are perfect for fishing.
The most abundant fish in the Finnish lakes are pike, perch, pike-perch, whitefish, burbot, and bream. In the spring and fall when the lake water is colder, trout and salmon are more easily caught. In the summer the trout and the salmon swim in much deeper water.
In Finland, having the age between 18-64, means that fishing with anything other than a hook and line, the national fisheries management fee has to be paid. We’re glad to help with the license. More information can be found here.
What am I allowed to do in the nature?
In Finland, we have a concept called “Everyman’s rights”. This means, that everyone is allowed freely walk wander around the forests, lakes and rivers and countryside, while going by foot, boat or bike. The goods of the nature are also available for anyone: pick as much wild berries and mushrooms as you like!
While the Finnish nature welcomes everyone to explore it’s one-of-kind beauty, there are certain rules to follow. Animals, plants, or someone else’s property shall not be harmed. Someone else’s plants, flowers or goods can’t be picked. Camping or mooring can’t be done too close to anyone’s house, cottage or private area. No litter should be left behind and the silence of the nature should be respected, too much noise should not be made.
Everyman’s right in brief:
- walk, ski or cycle freely in the countryside, except in gardens, in the immediate vicinity of people’s homes, and in fields and plantations which could easily be damaged
- pick wild berries, mushrooms and flowers, as long as they are not protected species
- fish with a rod and line
- row, sail or use a motorboat on waterways, with certain restrictions; swim or wash in inland waters and the sea
- walk, ski and fish on frozen lakes, rivers and the sea
You may not:
- disturb other people or damage property
- disturb breeding birds, or their nests or young
- disturb reindeer or game animals
- cut down or damage living trees, or collect wood, moss or lichen on other people’s property
- light open fires on other people’s property, except in an emergency
- disturb the privacy of people’s homes, by camping too near them, or making too much noise, for example
- leave litter
- drive motor vehicles off road without the landowner’s permission
- fish or hunt without the relevant permits
Welcome to Finland!