SkyWheel Helsinki

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SkyWheel Helsinki
Finniar SkyWheel Helsinki (Ferris wheel) (2).jpg
Former namesFinnair SkyWheel
General information
StatusOperating
TypeFerris wheel
LocationHelsinki, Finland
AddressKatajanokanlaituri 2
Coordinates60°10′1.8″N 24°57′35.2″E / 60.167167°N 24.959778°E / 60.167167; 24.959778Coordinates: 60°10′1.8″N 24°57′35.2″E / 60.167167°N 24.959778°E / 60.167167; 24.959778
OpenedJune 3, 2014; 5 years ago (2014-06-03)
OwnerSkywheel Helsinki Oy
Height40 m (131 ft)
Website
http://skywheel.fi/en/

SkyWheel Helsinki is a 40-meter (131 feet) tall Ferris wheel in central Helsinki, Finland. One of its gondola cabins, the SkySauna, is the world's first sauna on a Ferris wheel.[1] It opened to the public on June 3, 2014.[2] It was originally named the Finnair SkyWheel and its placement on Katajanokka harbor is where the airline first located its flight operations in the 1920s.[3]

Design[edit]

The Netherlands-based Dutch Wheels designed and constructed the wheel.[4] It is a model R40.[5] It has 30 climate controlled gondolas, allowing the wheel to operate year round.[6] Of these, 29 blue-and-white gondolas can accommodate six people, except for the VIP gondola which can accommodate four.[7] The wood paneled SkySauna gondola can hold up to five people.[8] The VIP gondola features a glass floor and leather chairs.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orange, Richard (2016-05-17). "Finland launches rival to the London Eye - with a sauna cabin". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  2. ^ "Finland: Get a good look at Helsinki from newly opened SkyWheel". Los Angeles Times. 2014-06-03. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  3. ^ a b "Finnair SkyWheel arrives in Helsinki". 2014-07-25. Archived from the original on 2014-07-25. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  4. ^ Cohen, Aubrey (2014-06-03). "Helsinki's 'Finnair Skywheel' joins the world's great wheels". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  5. ^ "R-Series". web.archive.org. 2015-08-14. Archived from the original on 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  6. ^ "Sätt kurs mot en ny höjdare i Helsingfors". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  7. ^ "SkyWheel Helsinki". Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  8. ^ "SkySauna". Retrieved 2019-11-25.

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