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Sailing through the many islands of Finland was quite amazing. On board a mega ten deck car ferry within metres of inhabited small islands, casting a shadow like a tall skyscraper is very sureal. The sun was warm and the skies were clear, what a nice welcome to Finland after having 12c and rain in Stockholme.
... around the ship before returning to our cabin, situated in the lower bowels of the vessel. No one was outside at 1:00 in the morning (possibly because it was windy and cold), and it was an incredibly tranquil experience, with nothing around but seawater and orange sunlight on the northern horizon. Standing on the deck looking out at the water, I couldn't help but reflect on the end of our time in Europe and the fact that our lives were, once again, about to change drastically.
Followed the Lonely Planet walking tour for Helsinki. Visited a few cathedrals, saw a high school talent show in the park, and ate some horrible Finnish version of KFC. Prepared to enter Russia the following day.
Earlier in the week we purchased tickets to Lappeenanta, where we planned to do some canoeing. The weather however was not participating. Unable to get a refund we went there anyway and then immediately caught the bus to Vyborg ...
... made a display of the remnants of the 5 vessels, with pictures and representations of the missing bits. They have also built full-size replicas and have proven the ability of the Vikings to sail/row to Ireland in the full-size replica of the Long Boat. It is simply amazing what they can do with carbon dating and such-like. They could tell where the trees grew and when they were felled that went to make the timbers that the boats were built from! ...
I took my time getting ready this morning, and had a leisurely breakfast. I took a taxi out to the airport for 9 and checked in. We arrived after a somewhat bumpy ride to Helsinki just before 3pm local time. Helsinki is an hour ahead of where I have been. I shared a taxi with a lady named Klara that was originally from Budapest but now works in Helsinki. Checking into my hotel was quite an experience! The Best Western Katajonnka used to be ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCumulus Olympia Helsinki
Good hostel. Probably the cheapest one in the expensive city of Helsinki, but a good one. Staff was nice and so were the rooms.
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