Friday, 15 June 2012

Helsinki, Finland

We arrived this morning early in Helsinki the Capital of Finland. A city on the water surrounded by small rocky islands. It is a very green city, with classical architecture. Finland became independent from Russia in 1917. A country with a population of 5.3 million people in a vast northern territory.
Presidential Palace once prior to 1917 was the residence of Tsar Nicholas II.

We are stopped here for a few hours, we took the opportunity to visit the downtown core with its Lutheran and Russian Orthodox Cathedrals, the Presidential Palace, the Central bank building and Parliament all located within a few blocks of each other. The market area is just off the docks where all the cruise ships arrive. We made a few purchases, tempted to buy vacuum packed smoked ell and herring for our friends back home as gifts, an unusual sort of gift.
Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Helsinki appears as a quiet city, it has in its architecture, the look of Russian classic city planning of the late 19 or early 20th century. Our stay is too short to give us a better appreciation for it all but I am happy to say we came and were able to walk around on a sunny day.
Parliament of Finland
Fountain on the Esplanade, Lady and the Seals.
Helpful sign on the dock.

Tomorrow is the highlight of this cruise St-Petersburg, Russia. The old Imperial Capital of Russia in the happy days prior to 1917. Much restored since 2001 for the greater enjoyment of visitors. 
Harbor of Helsinki.


  1. These pictures made me "homesick" for Helsinki.
    Looks like a beautiful day to sightsee too.


  2. I have been away (work!) but am excited to 'catch up' on your travels.
    Finland I hear is not related to the Sweden and Norway in several ways, including language?

  3. I do not know about that, to me they are all Scandinavian countries and have all a similar history in terms of the people.