The Fortress of Suomenlinna and the Design District
After two days of debate, we propose to make Saturday June 15th a day of culture and entertainment for attendees of AIVP Days. This will provide a great opportunity to get to know each other better and to network in a more personal way whilst discovering other sides of the port city of Helsinki.
Our day will start around 9.30am from the marketplace at the port. From there we will board a boat to sail across of the bay of Helsinki, presenting us with a unique view of the city from the sea. After 15 minutes of sailing, we will arrive at the Island of Suomenlinna which harbours a vast fortress built in 1747 to defend Helsinki from attack from the sea. We will then take a walk along a promenade to explore this exceptional place, classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Our walk will lead us to the Suomenlinna Museum, where a widescreen show will take us on a journey through the history of the island. It will then be time to refuel at the Café Chapman, situated close to the pier.
Back on the continent after lunch, we will head off on a sightseeing bus tour of Helsinki’s design district. The Finnish have undoubtedly acquired an international reputation in this area, with Helsinki being designated “World Design Capital” for 2012. Our visit will finish at the Design Museum where we will discover the latest design trends as well as unique works of great Finnish designers.
The tour will end at around 5pm, leaving some free time to stroll around the Finnish capital at your leisure.