The air we breathe, or that surrounds us, includes pollution that may lead to headaches, sore eyes and even add to the risk of cardiovascular diseases. According to the WHO, air pollution was to blame for about seven million premature deaths in 2012 – 600,000 of which were children under the age of five. It has also been recently proven that air pollution can hinder both the physical and cognitive development of children.
When I jog along my regular route around the Seurasaari museum island, I often stop at the highest peak of the path, on top of a rock with a view opening to the sea. I observe the view and breathe in the sea air. In Helsinki, the sea or the forest and their fresh air stays close almost everywhere I go.
Tips for great breathing spots:
Take a ferry from the Market Square to the fortress island of Suomenlinna, stop by at Valimo or another one of the island’s cozy restaurants and let the sea breeze caress your skin while you fix your gaze on the horizon.
Walk along the seaside boulevard, visit the Kaivopuisto hilltop to enjoy the view of the open sea, spot a ferry headed for Stockholm or Tallinn, and enjoy a fresh doughnut with coffee on the Market Square.
Fill your lungs with fresh air by walking around the Katajanokka district, make a pitstop at Shelter or one of the other waterfront restaurants at Kanavaranta to admire the sailing boats. Continue past the harbour and walk over the bridge to the island of Tervasaari.
Hop on a bike, stock up on energy (fry a sausage!) at Café Regatta and pedal past the Sibelius Monument and through Meilahdenpuisto Park to the museum island of Seurasaari. Sights along the way include the former presidential residence Tamminiemi and the open-air museum Seurasaari which showcases rural life from the olden days.
The story is part of a series where designers tell about different solutions they love in Helsinki. In addition to Helsinki Design Weekly, the articles are published on MyHelsinki.fi.
Photos: Sakari Kiuru and Ilari Järvinen / Helsinki City Museum