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Finland

Stop 24 - Helsinki


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We got into the beautiful Helsinki Central Station mid-morning and met up with our new travel pals, Ricky and Amber. Hitting the ground running, we chucked our bags into the station lockers and walked down to the waterfront to catch a ferry to Suomelina.

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The star-shaped Suomelina Fortress is on a beautiful island about 10 minutes boat ride away, and had been passed backwards and forwards between various nations, as well as being used as a prisoner of war camp. It was a beautiful day for saving Chinese tourists who had slipped off a rock into the Baltic Sea, pizza and beer in the sun and creepy dolls heads in the Toy Museum....

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Just outside the city is the Nuuksio National Park, a pretty quick train and bus ride away. Finland seems to be full of national parks, have a relaxed approach to free camping and provide fire pits with grills and firewood for you to chop yourself. We spent a few hours hiking through the park and trying to find wild blueberries - there were so many Finnish people out foraging with baskets!

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For our final day in the city, we found a massive lunch buffet with brilliant salmon soup, bought some Moomin souvenirs and had a look at the famous Rock Church. Built in the 60s, it was cut straight into the rock which forms the walls of the large space and boasts a beautiful copper dome.

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We eagerly boarded the Viking Line M/S Mariella, bound for Stockholm, checked out our cosy cabin without a window but complete with a fake porthole, and joined the locals in getting a bit drunk on the tax-free alcohol on board.

Posted by Chloemillen92 10:20 Archived in Finland Tagged helsinki finland ferry scandinavia rock_church nuuksio_national_park suomelina_fortress moomins viking_lines Comments (0)

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