Water transport to Helsinki’s outlying network of islands normally starts in May each year, but the coronavirus outbreak has caused delays in 2020. The City of Helsinki outlined that providers of water transport services could postpone the start of their season to 1 June, if necessary.
Water transport services in the capital are already resuming, as regular service to the island of Uunisaari, operated by Aava Lines, has already begun. NörsöLine will begin services connecting Helsinki with the island of Kaunissaari in the Sipoo archipelago on Friday, 15 May. The operator will introduce passenger and baggage restrictions on its vessels, in addition to new instructions for payments, advance bookings and other special arrangements. For example, the refreshments counter on the vessel that sails the Kaunisssaari route will be closed until further notice.
According to the latest information, JT-Line water transport routes to the island of Pihlajasaari, Merenkävijät’s route to Harakka, and Suomen Saaristokuljetus’ Eastern archipelago route will start operations on 1 June.
Water transport service customers and visitors to the Helsinki archipelago are asked to adhere to the recommended coronavirus guidelines and rules for responsible outdoor etiquette.
Water transport to Helsinki’s many islands is shared between transport services and touring operators that are privately owned. Operators reserve the right to make changes to their services. Passengers are encouraged to check the websites of the individual water transport operators for the latest timetables and other possible changes and information before planning a trip.