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Cultural Cities of Northern Europe-Helsinki



Helsinki sits on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Its central avenue, Mannerheimintie, is flanked by institutions including the National Museum, tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present. Also on Mannerheimintie are the imposing Parliament House and Kiasma, a contemporary art museum. Ornate red-brick Uspenski Cathedral overlooks a harbor

Cultural Cities of Northern Europe (September-October 2017)

We departed Copenhagen later Wednesday  heading for our next port of call  – Helsinki.   We arrived in the early hours of Thursday and would have six hours to explore the city before setting sail for St. Petersburg.  We elected to have the city tour and set off to see the touristic sites and monuments.


Helsinki Central Station is the main station for commuter rail and long-distance trains departing from Helsinki, Finland. The station is used by approximately 400,000 people per day, of which about 200,000 are passengers


Alexis Kivi, born Alexis Stenvall, (10 October 1834 – 31 December 1872) was a Finnish author who wrote the first significant novel in the Finnish language, Seven Brothers (Finnish title: Seitsemän veljestä). Although Kivi was among the very earliest authors of prose and lyrics in Finnish language, he is still considered one of the greatest.He also died alone in a mental hospital











Our tour took us to the Sibelius Monument and Bust.


The Sibelius Monument by Eila Hiltunen is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The monument is located at the Sibelius Park in the district of Töölö in Helsinki, the capital city of Finland (Wikipedia)


Marja Leena Suvela – Keraamikko Ceramicist , Helsinki

On returning to the ship we spent some time in the Finish market at the dock – of course we bought some souvenirs, one stall in particular interested us.  Susan was delight that the objects were made by the stall holder  Marja Leena Suvela – Keraamikko Ceramicist , Helsinki

20170928 -If its Thursday It Must be Helsinki

Click for Gallery of 41 images of our visit to Helsink







6 thoughts on “Cultural Cities of Northern Europe-Helsinki

  1. Wonderful post. Thank you. Did You visit only in Helsinki? There are many beautiful towns in Finland, like Oulu, which appreciates children very much. Have a good day!

    • Hello Sartenada, thank you for reading and leaving a comment. In answer to your question it was only Helsinki as we were on a Cruise ship. This was our first joint sea cruise – and a taster. We have done river cruises on Elb, Rhine and Danube and explored middle Europe. Our stay was short barely 6 hours to take in the sights. What we saw enticed to look to a future trip to Finland. We enjoyed talking to your fellow countrymen.women and learnt a lot of your history, culture. Like wise you -Enjoy life it is not a rehearsal (as my partner Susan would say)

  2. Thank You. Remember, that Helsinki is capital and outside it, there is “real” Finland. One example:

    Winter village.

    Our North is wonderful. Happy and safe travels.

  3. You are welcome. We have made many cruises and love them. You want to experience something new then Finland is just for You. Can You imagine mid-summer, when sun never sets in the north? We have on our lakes old steam ships, which make cruises. I give some examples. In one summer, we made a mid-summer cruise. It was in southern Finland, but night came late and then there was not real night.

    Midsummer cruise

    Another example comes from the Lake Inari. It is in the north, because from the Arctic Circle, the distance is 378km / 235mi to the north. Imagine it!

    Lake Inari.

    Of course, we have other types of cruises. We love north, our Lapland. For example to make day hikes on some of our Arctic hills where reindeer roam freely are awesome experiences.

    North of the Arctic Circle 3.

    These simple examples show that visiting only Helsinki, man never know what Finland outside Helsinki offers. 🙂

  4. Thank you for the further links and information – I’ve passed on to my partner so she can see your pictures and enjoy them. At present we are committed to our travel to the Canadian Rockies this year.

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