Friday, June 7, 2013

Helsinki, Finland, a water town

May 26, 2013. the Hollaand American m/s Eurodam docks in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. Wikipedia  
Vibrant and urban Helsinki is a unique and diverse city, where traditional eastern exotica meet contemporary Scandinavian style. Helsinki is also a youthful and relaxed city whose urban cosmopolitan lifestyle exists in perfect harmony with nature. Travel brochure
This second-most northern capital city in the world (first is Reykjavik, Iceland) is full of unique experiences and friendly people. 

The Baltic Sea

The sea is an essential part of the personality of Helsinki. Many guided excursions are offered, making it easy to discover the water and islands. 

It is one of the best ways to discover Helsinki!

We took a harbor cruise. Wonderful!

Finns love saunas. Taking a sauna is one of their national pastimes. Small buildings with chimneys may be saunas.

The Baltic Sea is a brackish inland sea. The salinity is much lower than that of ocean water (which averages 35), as a result of abundant freshwater runoff from the surrounding land. The open surface waters of the central basin have salinity of 6 to 8 .
It is known that since 1720, the Baltic Sea has frozen over entirely only 20 times. The most recent case was in early 1987, which was the most severe winter in Scandinavia since that date. Wikipedia

Our tour boat is waiting to go through this canal. There is a red light on the bridge over the canal and just to the right of the stand of birch trees.

Will they make it?

Tight fit!

In Sibelius Park is a monument to the world famous composer Jean Sibelius' (1865-1957) The Sibelius Monument, recembling organ pipes, is made of welded steel. 



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