Regularly featuring at the top of ‘worlds most liveable cities’ lists, we were excited to arrive in Helsinki for a stay of just over two weeks. We travelled by ferry from Tallinn, Estonia, a trip taking just over two hours. We took the early morning ferry, departing just after 7am, as we had heard the evening ferries can get pretty rowdy, partly because alcohol is significantly cheaper in the Baltics than in Scandinavia. We used Tallinksilja – you can book here. You can take a car on the ferry.
Once again we are staying in an excellent Airbnb apartment on what is the Russian Island, there are numerous Art deco apartments, an excellent pier/dock with numerous restaurants and cafes and it is an easy flat walk to the middle of town.
Much of the city, like most European cities is closed over the Christmas break so we booked Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas day lunch at the excellent Hotel Kamp.
The airport is a decent distance from town so we used the train from central station.
Travelling from Helsinki we flew, on Finnair, to Stockholm. The airport is a decent distance from town so we used the train from central station.