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  • Day19

    This morning we got up to have buffet breakfast at 8am... (why did we ever think that was a good idea) we left the boat around 10 to store our luggage at city centre and explore the city in the short amount of time we had.

    We started with the most important thing; the Helsinki Cathedral. I honestly have to say that out of all the churches I've seen in my life while traveling... (which is so many) this has to be the most beautiful one I've ever laid my eyes on. With the white walls and gold accents, it was just something else. I do have to say that the inside was underwhelming. There wasn't much design inside. With such an amazing outside, I guess they don't have to compensate for the inside.

    We walked a little to rock church which was a church literally built in the middle of a bunch of rocks. We didn't go inside but the outside was a nice view.

    We discovered that you can take a ferry from Helsinki to the island of Suomenlinna. In 1991, the Suomenlinna fortress was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a unique monument of military architecture. Another special feature of the fortress is that in the course of its history it has served in the defence of three realms: Sweden, Russia and Finland. It was about a 20 Minute ferry ride with a decent view of the city. We walked the cobble stone paths, saw the kings gate, explored the fortress, saw hobbit houses then returned back to Helsinki.

    We saw yet ANOTHER church. This one was dark burgundy stone with gold accents on the top. It wasn't open so we couldn't go inside but we went up to get a closer view & some pictures.

    It was now about dinner time. We went to Helsinkis Hard Rock Cafe.... & what a disappointment. The saddest club sandwich I've ever seen.

    We grabbed our bags & caught the train.
    We're now at the airport waiting to board our flight for our last country; ICELAND.

    Some wicked adventures to come. Stay tuned.
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  • Day11

    Back to Helsinki we visited the island seurasaa. Many old houses from all over Finnland where moved to this beautiful island of Helsinki in order to create a great heritage outdoor museum. No fee, beautiful nature, must see.

  • Day12

    Another must-do is walking along the beach promenade with a stop at 'HELSINGIN JÄÄTELÖTEHDAS'. What you see on the picture are 2!! Balls of icecream. The ice is most probably the best in Helsinki. Seriously... give it a try!

  • Day29

    As I wait to disembark from the ferry, I have a quiet moment to think about the pleasures of visiting friends in far away places. The friends we visited the past days are contemporaries of our sons. We once knew them as teenagers who lived or hung out in our homes. It is satisfying to visit with them and their families, in their homes. Some are the age now that we were when we first meet them. Easy for us to think about, hard for them, because we were "so old" when we meet.

    Love, Rissa
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  • Day1

    Design is a huge part of the local culture, and with the sunny season finally starting, it is quite common to walk past markets, pop up stores and booths.

    Today we checked out the one day event "Design District Market" at Diana-puisto.

    Fashion, jewellery, design items, art and much more for sale from the members of Design District Helsinki.

    If you have missed out on it, but still want to have a look at their stores, both online and brick and mortar, here's a list:

    Miia Magia Design
    Sakari Sauso Oy / Sauso Helsinki
    Handmade by Micas
    MORI Collective
    Luo Collective
    Madeby Helsinki
    Galleria Mafka&Alakoski
    Uploud Audio
    CraftCorner Helsinki / Knitworks
    Harakanpesä Shop - Finnish Design for Kids and Grown-ups
    Common, Helsinki

    I am really happy with the earrings and necklace I have purchased from MORI Collective <3
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  • Day1

    What a beautiful sunny day! People might think Finland is all snow and darkness, but we do in fact get a beautiful sunny season too!

    Roihuvuoren Kirsikkapuisto is a park situated in the East of Helsinki and this was my first visit. The official event for the Cherry Blossoms is on Sunday, with a picnic, dances and an introduction to the Japanese culture.

    As I am not able to go on Sunday, I figured I would drop by anyway on Saturday and it was the best idea! It was not crowded as much as on an event day and the blossoms were beautiful!

    Definitely a great find :)
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  • Day2

    I have only spent 30 minutes on this terrace before going to the cinema, but what a view! It's on the 14th floor of Sokos Hotel Torni. It has a small space indoors and 2 tiny terraces (one on either side).

    This is the one picture I could take as I was there with friends. Will visit again!

  • Day271

    Planes, trains, automobiles and ferries! I have covered all forms of transportation so far, except ballooning. This is still a possibility. Today's weather featured sun, high winds, rain and hail. Forecast for Helsinki 7 degrees. Yikes, winter again. So glad I have stayed healthy so far; must be all the cheese I'm eating. Twenty minute trek to the hostel and a one hour wait to check in, followed by a one hour circle tour of the campus before I finally found my dorm. Totally wasted 2 hours. Dropped off my pack and hustled out for 3.5 hour tour of the sites and the city. All can be done rather quickly as it really isn't a big city. It rained and hailed three times and the weather changes every 10 minutes. No wonder this is the country of the highest suicide rate-enough to put anyone over the edge. I walked along the harbour front and was surprised by a moving object and lo and behold to my surprise two jack rabbits. So cute and so huge! Helsinki is very expensive and so I've decided to move on to Turku tomorrow heading west to Stockholm. Hoping to meet up with Tyler and Amanda in the next few days in Malmo.Read more

  • Day1

    The first stop of our Finnland trip was near Lahti in an old house at the countryside. Next to our house we had a quite huge river where we managed to catch some pikes which where instantly prepared in a smoker. A great and relaxing time.

You might also know this place by the following names:

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