Travelling to Tallinn before the fast ferries


Regular traffic between Finland and Estonia is very important to us, and it all started with steamships.

Regular traffic between Finland and Estonia started already in year 1837, and has been ongoing since. There has been small disturbances in the traffic caused by wars.

When Soviet Union took over Estonia, the traffic was halted until 1965, when regular traffic begun again with steamships. Last ships that used steam were discontinued at 1981.


Vuonna 1898 valmistuneet Oihonna ja Wellamo olivat huomattava kehitysaskel erityisesti Tallinnan talviliikenteeseen. Monet aiemmat alukset kulkuvat vain kesäisin. Wellamo menetettiin ensimmäisen maailmansodan aikana, kun saksalainen sukellusvene upotti sen Kokkolan edustalla vuonna 1916. Oihonna nähtiin Tallinnan-liikenteessä vielä 1930-luvun lopulla.

S/S Wellamo was build 1898 and was the first ship that was able to sail during the winter. Wellamo was lost in 1916 when german submarine sank it in front of Kokkola.

Ariadne-laiva valmistui vuonna 1914. ja sen reitiksi tuli Helsinki–Tallinna–Swienemnde–Stettin. Pian maailmansodan jälkeen alus palautettiin alkuperäiselle reitille, jolta tosin pudotettiin välisatamakäynnit Swienemündessä pois. Ariadne kulki Tallinnan-liikenteessä 1920- ja -30-lukujen ajan.

Ariadne was build in 1914, and it was sailing in route Helsinki-Tallinn-Swienemnde-Stettin. It was sailing in Tallinn traffic 1920-1930.


Sotien välillä Helsinki–Tallinna-reitillä nähtiin useita pienempiä niin sanottuja kesälaivoja. Yksi näistä oli Åbolands Ångfartys Ab:n Express,

Between the wars there was many so called “summerships” sailing to Tallinn. One of them was Åboland Ångfartys S/S Express.

1970-luvulla höyrylaivojen aika alkoi olla ohi. Suomesta käsin tehtiin kuitenkin vielä risteilymatkoja Tallinnaan höyrylaivollakin. Vuonna 1971 Höyrylaiva Oy Bore osti kuvan Aallotar-laivan, joka sai uudeksi nimeksi Bore II. Kesällä 1972 Bore II teki joka maanantai risteilymatkan Helsingistä Tallinnaan.

In 1970’s, the time of the steamships started to be over. In 1972 Bore II was scheduled for cruises to Tallinn every monday.

Present time

Now its easier than ever to travel to Tallinn and back. Traveltimes are around 2-3 hours, and

you can choose from several companies, like Tallink, Viking Line and Eckeröline. There

are restaurants, shops and entertainment aboard and larger ferries takes over 2000 passangers.


Ps. Did you know that Chanz was founded and is operating in Estonia.


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