Explore summer in Helsinki
Our summertime video series: a look at life in the capital during the brightest time of the year.
“The sea is always close-by in Helsinki city centre,” says Klaas-Jan, whom we like to call The Boating Dutchman. Originally from the Netherlands and now living in Helsinki, he generously lets us tag along on a capital ocean outing with his wife and their adorable dog. Destination: the island fortress of Suomenlinna.
Helsinki is a peninsula, so it features sea access right in the downtown area. Boats form a natural part of city life, from sailboats to motorboats, and from the cosy shuttles that service nearby islands to the enormous ferries that travel to Sweden, Estonia, Germany and Russia.
By Peter Marten, August 2012