After two exhausting days in St. Petersburg we spent a relatively short day in Helsinki and must admit it’s my least favorite stop so far.
We followed the Rick Steve’s walking tour to visit the highlights. In hindsight we should have simply taken his tram tour recommendation. Normally I enjoy my feet on the street yet in Helsinki there just seemed fewer things of interest in between.
The immediate area around the harbor and esplanade however were beautiful and had an older European feel with its statues and monuments.
As you work your way inland it becomes all about shopping centers and modern architecture with the grand music hall and finally wrapping up our walk at Temppeliaukio (Church in the Rock). Which yes, is a church blasted out of rock.
While it could have been relaxing with the pianist and wonderful acoustics, it was filled to the brim with large chattering tour groups.
We returned to the harbor and it’s bustling market stalls before heading back to the ship and another relaxing evening on board.
While again, not my favorite port, the weather was fantastic and the Baltics don’t disappoint with their late sunsets.