Katajanokka Harbour is Helsinki’s second oldest city harbour and was founded in 1878, when South Harbour was expanded into Katajanokka.
Until 1936 Katajanokka was home to Helsinki Airport, which also operated as a seaplane port. Passenger terminal operations started in the old harbour warehouse in 1976, with companies such as Finnjet operating from Katajanokka over the years.
The functionalities and look of Katajanokka’s terminal building are now set to be renewed.
In October 2016 renovation works were started on the first floor of the terminal, and these will continue until May 2017. The passenger hall and surrounding spaces will be renovated and reorganised.
The structures, fittings, lighting and signage are also to be overhauled as part of the renovations. These works will be provide an accessible and light terminal that provides passengers with clear guidance:
Two private projects borne out of the activity and initiative of citizens have begun to take shape at Katajanokanlaituri, right next to Katajanokka Harbour: United International Leisure’s ferris wheel Finnair’s SkyWheel and the Korjaamo Group’s floating marine spa. Both structures are temporary and will operate at Katajanokka for a few years, or possibly longer.
These projects are not affiliated with the operations of the Port of Helsinki, but the needs of entrepreneurs in the field of maritime traffic and the security of operations at the harbour area were some of the premises for the planning of these projects.
Finnair’s SkyWheel was completed and opened to the public at the beginning of June 2014. According to current plans, the wheel will continue to provide an excellent view of the city and sea until October 2018.
Located next to Helsinki’s Market Square on the Katajanokka peninsula, the Allas Sea Pool marine spa opened in September 2016, featuring pools, a terrace and saunas. The pools are filled with pure marine water pumped from the other side of Katajanokka, where the water quality is higher than in the South Harbour area.
The Marine Spa operators are currently seeking permission for an extension period. If the application is approved, the spa will remain at Katajanokka for 15 years.
There are also a number of longer-term construction projects planned for Katajanokka: YIT is making preparations to construct an underground car park in the area between Kruunuvuorenkatu and Katajanokkanlaituri, as well as an above-ground office and hotel project at Kanavakatu 14.