As Helsinki sizzles in summer temperatures north of +25C, parts of the capital are no-go areas today for tourists and local residents alike.
If you’re planning on moving around Helsinki today, you better pack some patience and be prepared for delays.
Major disruptions in traffic will happen between 11:30 and 20:00 tonight. During the day, several motorcades will pass through the city and to the airport. Police say no other traffic is allowed on roads at that time.
Landmarks Out Of Bounds To Cars
On Monday the Market Square, Eteläranta, Eteläesplanadi and Pohjoisesplanadi will be closed to all traffic.
Aleksanterinkatu is closed on a section between Unioninkatu and Meritullinkatu.
US President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive at the Presidential Palace at 13:00 and his motorcade – including the specially armoured ‘Beast’ car he travels in – will be closed to all traffic. Later, the US Presidential couple will board Air Force One at Helsinki Airport, and longer delays in traffic across town will happen before 19:00.
Extra Security In Place
Helsinki Police say there’s up to 2000 extra police on the city streets today, supported by troops at key locations. Military divers have also been seen searching the waterfront near the Presidential Palace, and a Finnish coast guard vessel has blocked a part of the entrance to Helsinki harbour.
A no-fly zone is in place across the city centre; and drone flights are banned as well.
Public Transport Disruption
Public transport in the capital city will also be affected by the Putin-Trump summit.
All tram services in Helsinki will be impacted at some point during the day; and several bus routes will be diverted during the road closures, and expected to cause major delays.
Suomenlinna ferry will not operate on Monday. The ferry will be replaced by a ferry service operating to Katajanokka instead.
About ten city bike stations will be closed on Sunday 15 July and Monday 16 July in central Helsinki.