Caption: Helsinki maritime strategy project manager Minttu Perttula giving a hand with the city rowboats as they were landing at Töölönlahti.
With Skipperi’s city rowboat service, you may now hit the Helsinki waters without having your own boat. The booking period started in the end of May and initially there are boats at two locations: At Laajalahti in conjunction with Café Torpanranta in Munkkiniemi and at Töölönlahti by the Finlandia Hall in conjunction with Café Veranda. In June, a boat rental point will also open by Aurinkolahti beach in Vuosaari.
There is an e-service where you may book a boat in advance; the time limit for one rowing tour is three hours. The fee for a season pass to the service is 25 euros.
A step in the implementation of Helsinki’s maritime strategy
The arrival of the city rowboats is part of the implementation of Helsinki's maritime strategy, the expansion of the Helsinkians’ maritime territory and the empowering of people to take possession of the beaches. At the same time, the service helps Helsinki achieve the goals of the City’s exercise and mobility scheme.
“We will carry on with our effort to make the sea and the nearby archipelago more accessible in accordance with our theme ‘The sea belongs to everybody’. The combination of the metro, the city bikes and the city boats will bring maritime Helsinki within reach of people who do not have access to a boat of their own”, Helsinki maritime strategy project manager Minttu Perttula is pleased to tell.
“By making things together, as in the current case with Skipperi, we will be able to bring about the best results regarding the maritime strategy and the strengthening of Helsinki’s maritime character. We took another important step when we added the schedules for the waterborne traffic to the Journey Planner, something that was done jointly with Helsinki Regional Transport Authority HSL, the City of Espoo and the ferry entrepreneurs”, Perttula asserts.
The service comprises altogether about ten boats for hire. After the launching this summer, the City aims at increasing the number of boats, and there are plans for a fourth boat rental in Herttoniemi.
Helsinki city boat rental points
• Laajalahti, Café Torpanranta, Munkkiniemenranta 2 (2–3 boats)
• Töölönlahti, Finlandia Hall, Café Veranda, Karamzininranta (3–4 boats)
To be opened 15th of June:
• Vuosaari, Aurinkolahti beach (3 boats)
Helsinki’s maritime strategy outlines the development of the service supply and attractiveness of the archipelago and the waterfront until year 2030. The goal is to develop the maritime services and the accessibility of the maritime locations, to promote maritime events and to stay on course opening up the nearby archipelago for recreational use.