Thursday, September 23, 2010

A bit overdue... Helsinki and Turku, Finland

As I type this, I can hear the soft sounds of Kevin blowdrying our laundry that we washed in the bathroom sink. We have reached Bergen, Norway, nestled within the Western Fjords, but I am going to back track a bit and post some photos from a little over a week ago. We traveled through Helsinki after Iceland and stayed for two nights.

On plane to Helsinki
When we arrived we walked all day and night...

... and saw church...

...after church...

...after church. They were all very beautiful, as was all of the architecture in Helsinki.
We also made it over to an interesting outdoor architecture museum and luckily the weather held out just long enough for us to see everything. The next day, we headed out to Suomenlinna, a sea fortress on the Suomenlinna islands, established in 1748. We ran around in the underground tunnels and ate a nice lunch on the dock.

Suomenlinna Islands
We had a lovely time in Helsinki!
The next morning we rode a train north a few hours to the town of Turku. We decided to make this little trip to see another town in Finland and because the Viking Line ship we took to Stockholm departed from here. Our eight hours in the town were spent trying to find free things to do inside.

Welcome to Turku!
We spent quite a bit of time in the Turku Cathedral keeping dry. It was very peaceful with beautiful paintings along the church walls.
Next posts will  be our boatride over to Stockholm and the week we spent in the city, visiting our dear friend John.

J + K


  1. Omigosh, gorgeous, amazing, wonderful! It's been a long time since I've taken a trip where I washed my clothes in the sink. :-) You guys are creating such wonderful memories, go you!

  2. syd! isnt it great to wash your clothes in the sink?! we are having an awesome time. today we took a tour through the fjords east of bergen. it was beautiful. tomorrow morning, at 3 am, we head out to our next stop- copenhagen.
    say hello to everyone at cascade for me! i miss you all. make sure karen saw the faaaace photo of the horse :)