|One of the Viking Line ferries arrives at the Helsinki Southern Harbour. The best |
way to arrive in Helsinki is by boat.
"Helsingfors (Helsinki) is almost completely surrounded by water. On the west, the south and the east it is washed by the waters of the Gulf of Finland, and on the north it is almost cut off from the mainland by the Tölö creek."
A. Maccallum Scott, M.P.
"Through Finland to St. Petersburg" (1908)
The Scottish politician and author A. Maccallum Scott visited Finland and Helsinki (Helsingfors in Swedish) in the beginning of the 20th century. His travels resulted in a little book, "Through Finland to St. Petersburg", which served as a excellent introduction to Finland and its capital for several decades. As a matter of fact, many of Scott's observations are relevant even today.
The closeness to the sea is, at least for me, Helsinki's most fascinating feature.
Below is a selection of images from last weekend of some of my favourite places in the Finnish capital. The captions with citation marks are from Maccallum Scott's book.
|An evening view of the Market Square. The building second from the left is|
the Embassy of Sweden.
|"The ships are moored at the quay close to the Salutorget or Market Square, and the |
principal hotels are situated close at hand. (The blue building in the middle is
the City Hall, which was a hotel at the time of Maccallum Scott's visit.)
|Relandersgrund, the oldest lightship in Finland (built in 1888 ), now serves as a|
cafeteria and interior shop in Helsinki.
|"Helsingfors has numerous fine public parks and gardens. The Brunnspark|
(Kaivopuisto) at the extreme south of the peninsula, is beautifully wooded, and,
in parts, very rugged. One can reach it in five minutes by train from the
|The southernmost end of the peninsula offers spectacular views for joggers.|
|The Helsinki archipelago is always worth a visit.|
|The clubhouse of Finland's oldest yacht club, NJK, is a landmark in Helsinki's |
|"In the observatory grounds, overlooking the harbour,|
is the sculptor Stigell's fine bronze group representing
|A view of Skatudden (Katajanokka) from the Northern Harbour.|
|The Helsinki Music Centre is one of the newest architectural additions to the |
Helsinki city centre.
|This is one of the Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) ferries. I will return to the historic |
sea fortress in another blog post.