It is easy to overlook one of Helsinki’s main attractions: the extensive archipelago.
In the summer, boat tours operate from the Market Square.
A sunny summer day on the water – what better way of experiencing Helsinki?
A regular ferry service to the fortress island of Suomenlinna, run by HSL, departs from the Market Square approximately twice an hour.
This service operates all the year round.
The ticket costs the same as on the bus and metro, and the trip is absolutely free to holders of a Helsinki Card.
Cardholders also travel free on the boat to Korkeasaari, a pretty island that is home to Helsinki Zoo.
There are also numerous small islands south of Helsinki which are served by regular boats during the summer. Many have restaurants.
Catching A Ferry
Vast luxury ferries to Stockholm depart daily from Eteläsatama, in the centre of Helsinki, at 5 or 6 p.m.
The Viking Line terminal is located at Katajanokka, and the Silja Line terminal is near Kaivo-puisto Park.
Silja Line Terminal
The express boats to Tallinn like Linda Line depart from near the Market Square.
The car ferries to Tallinn, however, depart from Länsisatama, near Ruoholahti metro station.
The terminal is also used by St Peter Line that has a regular ferry connection to St. Petersburg.