Ideas for traveling across the Baltic Sea

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1. Posted by SZ (Full Member 15 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Do any of these terms mean something interesting to you?

Baltic Sea; ferry; harbour; Bornholm; Copenhagen; Lubeck; Rostock; Stralsund; Rugen; Greifswald; Usedom; Swinoujscie; Szczecin Lagoon; Szczecin; Wolin; Kolobrzeg; Darlowo; Gdynia; Gdansk; Elblag; Kaliningrad; Klaipeda; Riga; Tallin; Saint Petersburg; Kotka; Helsinki; Turku; Vassa; Oulu; Stockholm; Gotland; Kalmar; Oland; Ystad; Malmo

Travelling through the Baltic Sea is usually nice but for some people I meet it is problematic how to plan the travel between such different countries as Poland and Sweden or Germany and Lithuania. Currently, with the exception of Russia, they are all in the European Union. There is an article "European ferries" on the website Everything seems familiar, but would you like to discuss what needs to be improved?

Greetings from Szczecin, the city that is also described at - :)

2. Posted by SZ (Full Member 15 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I have mentioned only some examples of towns and cities and islands but here there is an entire list of islands and archipelagoes on the Baltic Sea from Wikipedia:

Åland Islands (Finland, autonomous)
Archipelago Sea (Finland): Pargas, Nagu, Korpo, Houtskär, Kustavi, Kimito
Blekinge archipelago (Sweden)
Bornholm, including Christiansø (Denmark)
Falster (Denmark)
Gotland (Sweden)
Hailuoto (Finland)
Kotlin (Russia)
Lolland (Denmark)
Kvarken archipelago, including Valsörarna (Finland)
Møn (Denmark)
Öland (Sweden)
Rügen (Germany)
Stockholm archipelago (Sweden) Värmdön (Sweden)
Usedom or Uznam (split between Germany and Poland)
West Estonian archipelago (Estonia): Hiiumaa, Muhu, Saaremaa, Vormsi
Wolin (Poland)
Zealand (Denmark)

3. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 154 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I have visited some of the cities and I live near Vaasa (Vassa in your list) and Oulu but I don't quite understand what you are asking, care to elaborate? :)

4. Posted by SZ (Full Member 15 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Yes, thanks hennaonthetrek. My question was to ask about your general opinion about travelling across the Baltic Sea by boats or ferries. There are many people travelling in this area in that way, but many people do not take this into account. They usually say that they don't have time to spend a few hours at night sleeping in cabin on a ferry or having fun. They prefer flying.

I share this opinion partially and travel both by ferry and by plane as there are a few possibilities to travel between the same areas as between Tallin and Helsinki, Gdansk and Stockholm or Szczecin and Copenhagen. What are your opinions?

5. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 154 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Well I think it is good option if you have the time for it or doesn't want to fly for some reason :)

I have visited Tallin several times and always via ferry. I live 500 kilometres north from Helsinki so it doesn't make sense for me to first travel to Helsinki via train or car and then hop on the plane for less than an hour. Have done one day trip but mostly have spent night or two in Tallin.
When I was younger we did this "booze cruise" thing, we had one night in ferry and one in the Tallin. It was fun then but now I am too old for that, lol.

Couple of years ago we took ferry from Vaasa to Luleå, that was with car. We drove through Sweden and head up north when we reached Norway and circled back home via land. The ferry was good option then too! :)

I am also contemplating visiting St. Petersburg via ferry. We don't have to get visas if we go via ferry and don't stay too long. So it would be becouse it's easy option if some doesn't want to hassle with visas. :)

Hope this was in anyway helpfull! :)

6. Posted by SZ (Full Member 15 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your opinion with examples of travels and some detailes as no need to own visa to St. Petersburg if the travel is via ferry. I also have good experience of traveling on the sea between Poland, Sweden and Denmark (from Swinoujscie).

7. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 154 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I also contemplated to trip from Helsinki to Copenhagen via ferry but opted it out for too expensive. I don't want to use that much money in it so I think I just fly when/if I go someday :)

8. Posted by SZ (Full Member 15 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Yes, I agree that Danish prices are very high, especially in comparison with Polish prices. Also flights around the Southern part of the Baltic Sea are not high - for example from Szczecin, Warsaw or Kaunas. Ferries are still good option for persons wanting to spend the night sleeping in cabin and start the following day from early morning (e.g. in Swinoujscie or Ystad) or diversify activity during stay at one city or town, for instance in spa center in Kolobrzeg from where it is possible to travel to Nexo on Bornholm by small ferry. It can also be useful to have a car and visit some places important for turists as Schwerin, Szczecin, Stargard, Malbork or Vilnius that are not directly on the sea coast. I don't know circumstances in the Northern part of the Baltic Sea (). Thanks for sharing your point of view.

9. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 154 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I am not 100% sure but I think that there is not so many ferries in the very Northern part of the Baltic Sea, Bothnian Bay. Or atleast not passenger ferries anyhow.
One of the most northern ones I know is in the Hailuoto which you mentioned before, and it operated only between Oulunsalo and Hailuoto. Next would be the one from Vaasa to Umeå, From Turku to Stockholm and the ones operated in Turku archipelago area. (These are the ones I know for sure :) )

10. Posted by SZ (Full Member 15 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks a lot! I hope be able to visit Finland in not far future :)