Helsinki is a great place for kayaking. We will show you the best of the archipelago just 30 minutes from the city center. Join us now!

About us

We are passionate paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts. We have spent countless days in the nature pushing our limits – paddling, hiking, paragliding, cycling and adventuring. We know the trails and waterways, and we invite you to join our courses, trips and expeditions. All of our customers deserve a well-planned and executed experience that they won’t forget!

We build long-term relationships with our customers and business partners. We are a licensed tour operator and abide by applicable laws and regulations, respecting our common heritage and protecting the environment.

Natura Viva was originally established in 1986. and we have started our current business in 2007.

Contact details

Address of Vuosaaren Paddling Center
Harbonkatu 13
00980 Helsinki

Postal address
Natura Viva Oy
Kivitie 2
02240 Espoo

Telephone: 010 292 4030


Natura Viva team

Natura Vivan melontaoppaat

All our guides are solid kayaking professionals, certified by the Finnish Paddling Association and/or the British Canoe Union. In addition to learning advanced kayaking and outdoor skills, they have gone through rigorous safety and rescue training. They are service-minded facilitators of your experience.


Natura VivaIlkka is the Managing Director of Natura Viva. He loves whitewater kayaking and sea kayaking, as well as canoe expeditions into the wild. On solid ground he enjoys mountain biking and hiking. You can also read Ilkka’s blog: Home in the Wild

Reach Ilkka at or +358 50 376 8855


Martti OTTAWAMartti started his wilderness trekking career in the early 1960’s and has regularly visited his secluded destinations ever since. He specializes in kayaking expeditions, wilderness canoeing and hiking. He is also a paragliding enthusiast.

Reach Martti at or + 358 50 2612


Paula is one of the owner’s of Natura Viva. She is in charge of Cafe Natura. You can always give her ideas for new recipes! She also takes care of our book keeping.

Reach Paula at or +358 50 626 12.


Meet Emilia at the office in the paddling center or guiding you on one of our tours. She is a certified wilderness guide and has done her masters degree in Business.


Tulvapurot 2007 119Outi is an all-round kayaker. She loves Norwegian whitewater, but also enjoys easy-going paddling trips in the Baltic Sea archipelago as well as wilderness canoeing in Lapland. She is an adventure guide and paragliding pilot.



Matteo is one of our most experienced kayaking guides. Original from Italy, but now just like a Finn. He is a wilderness guide, kayaking instructor and a fantastic pizza-chef!


IMG_6531-1Tomppa on pohjoismaisen merimelonnan ohjaajayhdityksen (NIL) ohjaaja. Merimelonnan lisäksi Tomppa toimii Olympia purjehdusvalmentajana.

Lisätietoa Tompasta: C-breeze.


Work for us!

Would you like to work in our team of outdoor professionals? Our main season is the summer. Our staff has to love being outdoors and working with people! Kayaking is our passion and needs to be your passion too! It’s hard work being an outdoor professional, but most of our staff comes back every year. But we always need a few new people too!

At the moment we can only hire guides and staff, who are fluent in finnish. If your finnish is not yet perfect, you can still contact us and we can see if there is a way to employ you.

Our partners

Hotel Rantapuisto

Hotel Rantapuisto is less than a kilometer away from our paddling center. A great place to stay overnight before or after your kayak experience. The also offer various services for our corparate groups starting with their sauna right on the shore of the Baltic Sea. The hotel homepage.

Bear & Water

Bear & Water

Bear & Water is the leading kayak store in Finland. They also sell and import tour skating, skiing and telemark gear. Their webpages are only in Finnish.
Bear & Water

Twenty Knots

TwentyKnots is the first Nordic ASI-accreditated (Academy of Surfing Instructors) Stand Up Paddling school. They are our partner in providing guided SUP-tours and SUP-courses.


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