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When you are arriving to Helsinki harbour by boat, you can see these two islands very close to the harbour. The first island is called Valkosaari and the one behind it is called Luoto (Swedish Klippan). On the right background is the Kaivopuisto neighbourhood.

In Valkosaari is the green-roofed pavilion and restaurant of yacht club NJK (Nyländska Jaktklubben). In 1861 the constitution of NJK was approved by Czar Alexander II. In that same year NJK organised the first sailing competitions in Helsinki. At the time Finland was called the Grand Duchy of Finland and it was part of the Russian Empire. The present pavilion, designed by the architects Estlander and Settergren, was inaugurated in 1900 and has been carefully maintained. Today Valkosaari has berths for 125 boats and it is also one of the official guest harbours of Helsinki. The pavilion holds a public gourmet restaurant.

The red-roofed summer restaurant Klippan Palace is in Luoto island. The building itself is an attractive wooden villa, an archetypal representative of its era, with a history stretching back over a hundred years. There are similar buildings e.g. in the Stockholm archipelago and Zelenogorsk in Russia.

I took this photo from a boat, which left Helsinki at 7:30 pm. There were some broken ices near Helsinki but practically no ices in the open sea. So spring was around the corner, even that there was also fresh new snow on the ground from previous day snowing.

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