Come over for coffee! John Nurminen Foundation’s Loki Café brings record-breaking volumes of marine content to the Boat Show


The John Nurminen Foundation has produced an exceptionally multifaceted programme, showcasing marine cultural traditions as well as information on the status and protection projects of the Baltic Sea, for the Boat Show starting next Friday (10 to 19 Feb 2017).. The Helsinki International Boat Show, organised annually, is the largest boating event in Northern Europe.

Loki Café offers delicacies and over 50 maritime presentations

Where should you take your boat next summer? What kinds of myths and beliefs are associated with old maps? Do we still have time to save the Baltic Se

Answers to all these questions and much more can be discovered at the Loki Café, located in the lobby of the southern entrance. During the Boat Show, the stage of the Café will feature more than 50 maritime presentations. Patrons at the Café can acquaint themselves with the wild journeys of the museum ship Pommern, life as an admiral in the 18th century, wooden boat traditions, the future of boating, and sailing women today and in the past.

Also on offer is a cornucopia of information on Baltic Sea protection, and the sea as a habitat. Themes raised at the Café include sustainable fishing, the values associated with Baltic Sea salmon and Baltic herring, and ways to protect the Baltic Sea.

First day of the Boat Show kicks off with an event with Hjallis for both the press and the public

On Friday 10 February at 3 p.m. at the Loki Café, we will hear Hjallis Harkimo reminisce about his journey around the world 30 years ago on the legendary Swan 51 s/y Belmont.

Harkimo’s circumnavigation in 1986-87 continues to be one of the greatest achievements in Finnish sailing history. Harkimo finished third in his class, an achievement that has not been surpassed since in Finnish competitive sailing.

At the event, we will also hear about a major donation from Venevuokraamo Jahti Oy, which owns s/y Belmont, to the John Nurminen Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects.

Fun activities for families with children

The Loki Café will also feature presentations for children, such as a boating safety workshop, a readers’ corner, and story times. 19th February is family day, so the programme is very much geared towards children, allowing small Boat Show visitors to meet the character of Admiral Chapman. Guided by the Admiral, children will learn skills needed in the Sveaborg archipelago fleet, such as knots and flag semaphore. The Café will also be visited by ship’s dog Vellu from the Maritime Museum of Finland.

In addition to the programme on the stage, children and anyone else who wishes to can participate in the exciting Loki treasure hunt, where the grand prize is a trip for two on cannon sloop Diana’s public sailing tours. The treasure hunt will take you to various exhibition stands, where you can answer playful marine-themed questions. All you need to join the hunt is a smartphone or tablet, and a treasure map available from the Loki Café. Everyone who completes all the checkpoints will receive a small treasure prize at the end of the hunt.

Calculate your Baltic Sea Footprint with the new calculator

At the Foundation’s traditional Boat Show stand 4c59 you can learn about marine literature, the Clean Baltic Sea projects, and the just released Baltic Sea calculator (link). With the calculator, you can find out your Baltic Sea footprint and review the everyday choices which can help you reduce your load.

You can also find out more about the Baltic Sea calculator at the Foundation’s Loki Café on Saturday 11 February, when professor Jyri Seppälä (Finnish Environment Institute SYKE) and researcher Merja Saarinen (Natural Resources Institute Finland) will present the calculator and explain what kind of choices consumers can make to protect the Baltic Sea.

Books published by the Foundation at special Boat Show prices

As before, at the John Nurminen Foundation’s stand you can browse books published by the Foundation and buy them at discounted Boat Show prices. On display are e.g. new books published in the autumn of 2016: Amiraali Nordenskjöldin meriseikkailut (the marine adventures of Admiral Nordenskjöld) by Raoul Johnsson, an author well versed in marine history, and the 320th anniversary publication of the pilotage service, Miehet merellä – hetkiä luotsauksen historiasta (men at sea – moments in the history of pilotage).

You can also learn more about the new books and their authors at the Loki Café. On Saturday 18 February, Admiral Juhani Kaskeala and non-fiction author Raoul Johnsson will discuss the colourful career of Otto Henrik Nordenskjöld, a Finnish naval hero. On Sunday 19 February, Ilkka Karttunen, the editor of the book Miehet merellä, will present nostalgic photographic memories from the 320-year journey of pilotage service.

John Nurminen Foundation’s special Boat Show offers can also be utilized at the Foundation’s online store (link), where the code VENE17 will give you a 20% discount on all products. The offer is valid from 10 to 20 February 2017.

The John Nurminen Foundation, established in 1992, works for the Baltic Sea and its marine cultural heritage in way that makes an impact and brings results. The Foundation publishes and releases non-fiction books, and makes marine information available to all via the free Loki online service. The Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects improve the status of the Baltic Sea with concrete measures that reduce the nutrient load and environmental risks faced by the sea.

More information:

The Loki Café is located in the southern entrance lobby of Messukeskus (second floor). The Café is open throughout the Boat Show from 10 to 19 February 2017, and the Café programme is available on the John Nurminen Foundation website (link) and on Loki Café’s own Facebook event (link).

John Nurminen Foundation stand: 4c59, hall 4

Anna Herlin
Project Manager, Loki Project, John Nurminen Foundation
+358 (0)40 654 0609

Tuula Putkinen
Communications Director, John Nurminen Foundation
+358 (0)400 907 809