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MOSTLY SUMMER PHOTOS. City views, islands, sunsets, shoreline walks, ferries, landmarks
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Walking along Kaivopuisto shore rpomenade, arriving in Meristama small boat harbor. Harakka Island to the left, and a sliver of Uunisaari island, a popular picnic destination, on the right. Harakka Nature Center
Esplanade Park as viewved from Eteläesplanadi (South Esplanade) toward Pohjoisesplanadi (North Esplanade). A very popular spot when the weather is nice.
Sunset view of Valkosaari and Klippan. In the background, to the right, you can see the old lighthouse on Suomenlinna island. Click for place names & larger view.
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The small neighboring islands, Liuskasaari and Uunisaari (saari = island), are both
very popular picnic destinations in the
summer. They are only a 3 minute boat ride from the mainland
Above, some views from Liuskasaari, looking toward the mainland Helsinki and the neighborhood of Eira.
Helsinki is one of the best summer cities in the
world. It is surrounded by water -the Gulf of
Finland- and its coast is dotted with beautiful
islands, just minutes away from the heart of the
city, accessible by taxi boats.
Helsinki is clean
and pretty. It has lots of parks, large and small.
There are numerous cafés with outdoor seating
and restaurants with summer patios, on the
sidewalk or in a park area.
The best way to learn to know Helsinki, and get
around, is to walk.
The second best is to use
Many of the trams have digital signs
inside, naming every stop, making it easy to
follow their route on a map.
Finns love to go to picnics in the summer. Some of the most popular destinations are the islands surrounding Helsinki. Many of them are city
owned and are open to the public.
The most known of the islands is the historic Suomenlinna Fortress Island, that actually consists of several islands, lying close to each other, connected to each other by bridges.
Suomenlinna is on the World Heritage List.
View from Kaivopuisto park shore to Suomenlinna Island group. Särkkä island in the center, to the right of the pier.
Helsinki shoreline views from Särkkä island taxiboat, around midnight, late June. You can see a daytime view of Särkkä island in the image above.
The Helsinki Lutheran Dome, by the Senate Square
The North Esplanade, center of Helsinki.
Helsinki's Uspenski Cathedral, on Katajanokka.
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July 10pm. South Harbor & empty Market Square. Far right Norh Esplanade & Esplanade Park. Far left M/S Runeberg & foot bridge to Katajanokka:
View from Havis Amanda fountain, over Market Square sunshades, along North Esplanade to Uspenski Cathedral on Katajanokka. Click photo.
Boats at Tykistölahti
(Bay of Artillery) in Suomenlinna. Thunderclouds over Suomenlinna Island
Left: Katajanokka & the North Harbor, looking toward the center & Aleksanterinkatu.
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Right: Walking around historic Katajanokka, including
off the beaten path, is time well spent
A boat driving toward Suomenlinna Fortress island.
Helsinki South Harbor ships.
The harbor, with ships to different destinations. The small hydrofoil
in the front offers one of the fastest ways (1.5 hours) to get to Tallinn,
Estonia. Behind the hydrofoil is the Silja Line
ship that parts every
night for Stockholm. In the background to the left is the Viking Line
ship that also sails to Stockholm.