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Porvoo Jazz FestivalBy: © Paul Dodson 2013
If you find yourself at a loose end in Helsinki come mid-September, make your way east young man and take in some sublime sounds at the Porvoo Jazz Fest.
As Finland's second oldest city, Porvoo is a wonderful historic destination any old time of the year, but add the melodic musings of some of Finland's finest jazz musicians - and some great international acts to boot - and there's another layer to Porvoo's appeal come September.
For a treat, dress for warmth and jump on board the MS J.L.Runeberg from Helsinki and take in the Southern Finnish archipelago as you enjoy some pre-festival refreshments on board this beauty that's been plying these waters since 1912.
For those looking for a speedier, less scenic option, free buses will depart Helsinki for the festival and return after the last sax has hit its case.
For more information check out the Porvoo Jazz Festival website.