Helsinki, Finland

Finnish flag

Finnish flag

From St. Petersburg we sailed to Helsinki, capital of Finland. Finland is one of the 5 Nordic countries, which include the 3 Scandinavian countries, and Iceland. Its population is only 5.5 million, less than GTA, but famous for its simple and elegant designs. Its most well-known brand to adults is probably Nokia, even though it lost its market position. But to young people the most famous is Angry Bird! Different folks like different cities on this cruise. For me, it’s Helsinki with its rugged, rustic charm. I particularly like the Rock Church building, over and above the historic cathedrals. To each his own!

On way to Suomenlinna Fortress.

On way to Suomenlinna Fortress.

Very scenic hill-top where the canons are located. Unfortunately our tour guide lost her step here and had to be carried away by ambulance.

Very scenic hill-top where the canons are located. Unfortunately our tour guide lost her step here and had to be carried away by ambulance.

Uspenski Cathedral (Eastern Orthodox)

Uspenski Cathedral (Eastern Orthodox)

Senate Square, with Helsinki Cathedral (Lutheran) in background.

Senate Square, with Helsinki Cathedral (Lutheran) in background.

Olympic Stadium (1952 Summer)

Olympic Stadium (1952 Summer)

Sibelius Monument. His music shaped Finland's national identity.

Sibelius Monument. His music shaped Finland’s national identity.

Temppeliauko Church, or Church of the Rock (Lutheran). The church was hewn out of solid rock and has a dome roof made out of copper wire. If you stand on Christ the solid rock you'll never fail.

Temppeliauko Church, or Church of the Rock (Lutheran). The church was hewn out of solid rock and has a dome roof made out of copper wire. If you stand on Christ the solid rock you’ll never fail.

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