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AHelsinki: Helsinki to Saint Petersburg

The St.Peter Line Limited Sivuliike Suomessa​ ferry is a bit shabby, in my opinion. It's only worth taking of you want a lightning visit to St. Petersburg without a visa (possible on 'cruises', i.e., a return trip with cabin). The train... See More

AHelsinki: Best sauna experience - in the summer?

Try this 'culture sauna' - handy to get to, reasonably priced, popular with locals. See More

AHelsinki: Tips for 3 Days in Helsinki.

When in December, kaibigan? The 6th is Independence Day and nothing is open. It's not a celebration like in other countries, more a national day of mourning. The weather will be a shock, coming from the Philippines. Temperatures around freezing, snow, sleet or chilly... See More

AHelsinki: Best time to go to Helsinki?

Summer, no question about it. After the Midsummer public holiday (Saturday closest to June 24th), Finns go on vacation and hotel prices drop as business clients flood out of town. July is usually the best month. It hardly ever gets uncomfortably hot this far north. See More

AHelsinki: Good day trips from Helsinki?

The obvious place within your limits is Porvoo​, which has the kind of timbered old town that Helsinki​ lacks. It's clustered around a historic cathedral and quite picturesque. Fairly frequent buses leave from Kamppi bus station.... See More

AHelsinki: Outdoor summer activities in Helsinki

Uh... The weather isn't always wonderful on the 60th parallel, and the end of August can be decidedly autumnal. The kids have been back in school for weeks and the feeling is that's summer's over. That said, there are plenty of outdoor activities, weather... See More

AHelsinki: Need ice swimming advice!

Actually few Finnish lunatics engage in ice swimming, but as it happens, I'm one of them. Take bus 730 from Station Square (Rautatientori​) to Kuusijärvi​. This lakeside log cabin complex has saunas, for which you pay - the actual... See More

AStockholm: Ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki!

1. The islands are there all year, although it gets dark early in October. You can watch the scenery from a bar or cafe if you find the deck too cold. 2. Look for 'cruises' on the ferry websites - this means a 2-way trip with cabin and is much cheaper than a regular... See More

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