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SUMMER in HELSINKI

SUMMER IN HELSINKI

One of our favorite walking routes in Helsinki starts from the area of the South Harbor Market Square, and mostly follows the shoreline, past Kaivopuisto - to Ullanlinna - to Eira - and beyond. Most of the photos below are from one of these leisurely walks. We often also hop on a taxi boat, to get out to one of the beautiful public islands, which are city parks. The sea is usually quite clean, so many people swim off the islands.

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Helsinki summer: View from Kaivopuisto Park, in the heart of Helsinki. Suomenlinna Island ahead.   We are almost in the center of Helsinki: Kaivopuisto park & Harakka island:
Summer Helsinki; view from Kaivopuisto to Suomennlinna Fortress island. Photo & pop-up photo © RC Gelber Summer view: From Helsinki's Kaivopuisto to Harakka island. Photo & pop-up photo © RC Gelber

Cafe Ursula shore. Photo & pop-up photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -

 

 

Helsinki city is a real summer paradise, with its long shores, and many islands.
The popular Cafe Ursula by the Kaivopuisto shoreline promenade, left & below (glass structure with blue and grey roof), is located on the Kaivopuisto shore, by the beautiful promenade that meanders along and around the peninsula, from the city center to Kaivopuisto, to Ullanlinna to Eira... Helsinki's Kaivopuisto shore in the summer. Photo © Annu Lilja-


Cafe Ursula, Kaivopuistonranta - Kaivopuisto Shore, Helsinki:
 Cafe Ursula by Helsinki's Kaivopuisto   shoreline promenade.
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Left: A hot day in June. Walking along the shores, arriving in Merisatama (Sea Harbor), in Helsinki's beautiful Ullanlinna  neighborhood, -just around the bend.    Click for larger photos:
Meristama around the bend. Photo & pop-up photo © Annu Lilja 2008 - Helsinki, Meristama rug washing piers. Photo © RCC Gelber 1999, 2000-2008, 2009 -
Right:  Helsinki's Merisatama shore has a popular rug washing pier. The buildings ahead, on the right, are located on Merikatu, one of the most "prestigious" addresses in Helsinki.
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Meditation on Liuskasaari island. Take the little boat from Merisatama to the neighboring island, Uunisaari, that is a city park. Travel time about 3 minutes. Walk over from there. TM-meditation on Liuskasaari island. Summer in Helsinki is sweet. Photo & pop-up photo © RC Gelber


Closer to South Harbor:
Valkosaari, Luoto & Suomenlinna -and the seagull. Photo © Annu Lilja 2008 -
From left: a glimpse of Viking line ferry,  Valkosaari island, Luoto island & far right Suomenlinna island (a World Heritage site, and definitely worth visiting) with its old light house.
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View from Kaivopuisto / Ullanlinna to Uunisaari Island, a city park. View from Kaivopuisto to Uunisaari Islan, a city park. Photo © RC Gelber

The "very posh" buildings on Merikatu, in the "very posh" neighborhood, Ullanlinna. (Ulla's castle)On board the small taxi boat to Uunisaari Island - a city park - a great picnic destination. The island is very popular among locals. The trip takes only about 3 minutes and is definitely worth your while. You will be in an "countryside" island setting in a few short moments. Bring picnic food, a blanket, bathing suits and towels. Enjoy.
On boat to Uunisaari. Photo © RC  Gelber
Below, more Helsinki Summer Paradise: On the roof deck of a taxi boat, arriving at Pihlajasaari island for picnic & swimming. A great day to spend an afternoon or day.
Pihlajasaari taxi boat


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The popular Helsinki summer meeting spot for coffee, lunch, brunch, etc: Cafe Carusel, almost on the dividing lines of Merisatama & Eira shores. Their image gallery.  
Cafe Carusel, Helsinki.
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Paradise in Helsinki the Sea Shores
Enjoying life in Helsinki, in Eira neighborhood, one of the old neighborhoods very close to the center.. 

Helsinki Empire center view: Looking toward the Dome, Market Square, Presidential Palace and Uspenski Cathedral. Behind the photographer rises a hill called Tähtitorninmäki (Star Tower Hill). It is a park
View towrd Helsinki South Harbor, Market Square, Dome, Uspenski Cathedral, etc. Photo & pop-up photo © RC Candolin-Gelber 1999, 2000-2008, 2009 -
with great views. Definitely worth the climb. The energetic visitor can continue from there through the neighborhood of Ullanlinna & Kaivopuisto, toward the beautiful Kaivopuisto park, by the sea.  

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The busy Market Square by the South Harbor. You can buy fruit, berries, vegetables, fish, bread,                                                                                                                                      
Summer day at Helsinki's Market Square. Photo © RC Gelber   Helsinki Market Square. Photo © RC  Gelber
flowers, clothes, artifacts, etc, etc.     There are several food stands, offering surprisingly tasty food, and also very popular outdoor cafes.                                                                    

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Havis Amanda, Helsinki summer. Photo & pop-up photo © RC Gelber Havis Amanda fountain at the Helsinki South Harbor Market Square. Click for larger image.
South Harbor / Katajanokka area. An ominously shaped cloud, colored by the (almost) midnight sunset, looming in the horizon behind Katajanokka and the historic Uspenski Cathedral: Odd looking Pink cloud hovering behind  Uspenski Cathedral, Katajanokka Helsinki Click on image for area and building information on a large version of the image.
Walk in the old part of Katajanokka, if you have the time.
The neighborhood of Katajanokka is filled
with gorgeous Art Noveau (i.e. Jugend) buildings. Click for larger image
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The Esplanade Park. The North Esplanade on left, South esplanade on right.
Center: the Runeberg statue, facing the South Harbor & Katajanokka neighborhood.
Summer in Esplanade Park, Helsinki. Runeberg Statue. Photo & pop-up photo © RC Gelber
Strolling along Helsinki's gorgeous shoreline. Walking
from Eira to Ullanlinna and ahead, center, Kaivopuisto.
Summer. Strillong in Merisatama in Eira, Helsinki.
Left: Historic Suomenlinna Fortress Island. Right: Helsinki's South Harbor, visiting sail boats and USpenski Cathedral in background.  Click on photos to enlarge:
Summer. Suomenlinna Fortress Island, in Helsinki. World Heritage list. Photo © RC Candolin-Gelber 1999, 2000-2008, 2009 - Cloudy day at Helsinki South Harbor. Swedish sailboats paying a visit

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