Helsinki 1Again we were in another country … That’s the magic of cruising, you change the country overnight. Finland was the 5th we were visiting.

As is our custom, we headed into town I walked, because like most of the cities visited on this cruise, you can know perfectly foot.

On the way to the center, we see numerous parks, it is a city that transmits peace and tranquility and even when we went through some school recess did not notice any sign of bustle.

I was left with the impression of a clean and fresh green city with parks and friendly people … beautiful buildings and wonderful churches.

We had read that the history of this city is very beautiful, because it has Russian and Swedish influence, since it belonged to both countries.

The temperature was slightly cooler than we had in St. Petersburg , but sported a splendid sunny day.

We started out early as usual and headed from the port to one of the most typical areas of the city, the Market Square (Kauppatori) , where you can find many souvenirs, furs, utinsels wood, etc … From here you can also take the ferry to the island of Suomenlinna . This area is the center of the city, called the Esplanade Avenue Esplanadi , a wide street where you can find numerous cafes and trendy shops with a great atmosphere ….

Once we find there and right next door we could see the Lutheran Cathedral Tuomiokirkko located in Senate Square , neoclassical, which are also located the Senate building, Senaatintori , hence its name, and the University of Helsinki . Returning to the market, very close, we could also see another important Cathedrals of Helsinky Orthodox cathedral Uspenski .


Helsinki 2Lutheran cathedral sits atop a high staircases and impresses its whiteness against the blue sky. It is accompanied by a statue of Tsar Alexander II in the center of the square. Then we went to the Orthodox cathedral, which is located tamb1ién up like a mound. This cathedral is built of red bricks and inside saw beautiful mosaics. Here clearly we notice the Russian influence. I loved the cathedral and the view of downtown Helsinki from there we could see …

We returned back to the market to take a last look at everything that was offered but, despite having many things to buy, everything was very expensive.

We decided it was time to return to the ship, so we headed back to the avenue Esplanadi to catch the bus that would take us to the port area where we came from . The bus took almost an hour to arrive and let us in front of the boat.

Difrutar wanted our floating hotel, as we had had two intense days in St. Petersburg and taking advantage of Helsinki could be seen comfortably in a few hours.

Our ship sailed towards our ultimate destination, Stockholm …  

Date Posted: June 19, 2013

I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.

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