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R/V Aranda open to the public at two events this summer


In Helsinki, during the Tall Ships Races, July 4th to 6th, and on Baltic Sea Day, August 29th, the public has the opportunity to explore the research vessel Aranda.  During these events, Aranda will serve as a platform for marine research dissemination supporting the goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Aranda on a monitoring expedition in the Archipelago Sea in spring 2024.
Aranda on a monitoring expedition in the Archipelago Sea in spring 2024. © Ilkka Lastumäki

During these events, experts from the Finnish Environment Institute will detail Aranda’s marine research activities and answer questions about the Baltic Sea. Visitors can learn about the vessel's research equipment and laboratories and meet the captain on the bridge. There is an audio-visual installation of the underwater noises. To better provide public access, the Aranda will be moored nearby Helsinki's Old Market Hall.

The researchers are preparing the CTD probe to be deployed into the winter sea at Aranda's measuring deck. © Ilkka Lastumäki

Aranda is tailored for marine research

Launched in Helsinki in 1989, the Aranda is the fifth research vessel in the history of Finnish marine research. She is in fact, the third to bear the name Aranda. While based in the Baltic Sea, Aranda's ice-reinforced constriction enables it to carry out research voyages to the frozen waters of the North Atlantic and the Antarctic. 

In 2017–2018, Aranda's length was extended by 7.1 meters, allowing the expansion of laboratory spaces.  Enhancements were also made to improve the vessel's stability and environmental friendliness. 

The “new” Aranda is the first vessel designed solely for marine research, equipped for year-round demanding multidisciplinary research. Its advanced laboratory facilities and data processing systems allow the analysis of samples while voyaging.

© Jan-Erik Bruun

Step safely aboard Aranda!

Children are welcome on Aranda with a supervising adult. However, it is not safe to move around the vessel with infants in arms. For safety reasons, daycare or other child groups cannot be accommodated. The number of people on board must be limited, so visitors may need to wait before boarding.

Aranda at the Tall Ships Races Helsinki

Pakkahuone Pier, Eteläranta 7, 00130 Helsinki

July 4th–6th, 11:00 AM–7:00 PM

The research vessel is not accessible to those with mobility issues.
The event is free of charge.

Finnish Environment Institute also participates in the following Tall Ships Races activities:

Helsinki City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13

  • July 5th: Panel discussion on "Routes to a Thriving Baltic Sea" as part of the Tall Ships Races Helsinki 2024 talk show
  • July 4th–5th: Guided "Treasures of the Baltic Sea" board game, underwater photos of the Baltic Sea on a media display

Helsinki Market Square

  • July 4th–7th: Photo exhibition "Trash in the Cormorant's Nest", Marine Litter -videos

Additional Information

Senior coordinator Panu Hänninen, Finnish Environment Institute
Phone: +358 295 251 203

Riitta Autio, Group manager, Finnish Environment Institute
Phone: +358  295 251 079, Email:



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Aranda on a monitoring expedition in the Archipelago Sea in spring 2024.
Aranda on a monitoring expedition in the Archipelago Sea in spring 2024.
The researchers are preparing the CTD probe to be deployed into the winter sea at Aranda's measuring deck.
The researchers are preparing the CTD probe to be deployed into the winter sea at Aranda's measuring deck.
The side of Aranda  photographed looking up from small rubber boat alongside.


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