No words can describe how beautiful these islands are. So, when visiting the capital, why not go on a sightseeing cruise in Helsinki archipelago on a bright, summer day, admire the landscape and learn about the incredible Finnish history and culture? It may end up being the highlight of your trip. Just jump on a JT-Line ferry and start your adventure! Most ferries leave from the famous Market Square in central Helsinki. Or you can rent a boat (it provides a greater degree of flexibility and freedom, but it is pricey and requires a high level of sailing knowledge.)
Either way, you will have a memorable, eventful island-hopping experience! Lonna, Vallisaari and Suomenlinna are some of the islands that are surprisingly easy to reach from Helsinki. Offering a unique mix of history, culture and nature, Suomenlinna is a fortress island that you must visit in the archipelago. Vallisaari is an old military defense island that boasts the most diverse flora anywhere in the capital of Finland. Lonna is another small, inviting, former military island, situated near the famous island of Suomenlinna. Just do not fail to sip your favourite cup of coffee at the cute café beside the former mine storage building on the island!