The South Harbour contains the finest cruise berths in Helsinki. Only fairly short cruise ships, able to navigate the strait at the offshore fortress of Suomenlinna, can reach them.

Most of the South Harbour quays are used by ferry lines and high-speed vessels sailing to Tallinn and Stockholm, but a lucky few cruise passengers get to moor in the historic heart of Helsinki.Highslide JS

On the way into the South Harbour, you'll pass two fine wooden buildings on islands. The one with a green roof is the headquarters of NJK, the largest yachting club in Finland.

Highslide JSAlongside it is the island of Klippan. Its red-roofed Empire Villa was built a couple of years earlier in 1898 and today hosts a summer restaurant. Diners reach it by a shuttle boat from just south of the Olympia Terminal.

Pakkahuone Quay (EPL) is by the Market Hall. The Olympia Quay (EO1) is a little farther away but, as compensation, it is next to the modern Olympia terminal, used by scheduled ferries to Sweden.

There's a taxi rank outside the Olympia Terminal and another in front of the Market Hall.Highslide JS

The area teems with restaurants, kiosks, money exchange bureaus and souvenir shops. There is a tourist information office at the start of the Esplanade. In front of it is a post box.

The west side of the harbour is served by the number 3 tram, which goes down to the market place at the end, turns left at Senate Square by the Cathedral, and after several more stops passes the Rock Church in Temple Square.

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