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Disappeared Islands

The homecoming of Ulysses can be interpreted as an expedition of conquest - a story about the human will to control the unknown forces and to chart the environment. On the other hand, the Odyssey can also be understood as a fantasy trip to the realm of the sea. The history of the coastal areas in Helsinki incorporates both aspects of the myth. Although a great part of the islands and the natural shores have been covered by asphalt, the sea remains an uncontrollable element in the city.

The former island Sompasaari
The Helsinki peninsula 2000 B.C.-6000 A.D.