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  • Writer's pictureKimberly OLeary

Helsinki (May 5-May 29, 2022)

Updated: Jun 10, 2022


We flew out of Charles de Gaulle airportt into Helsinki. From Copenhagen-north, we saw many islands in the sea. We arrived in Helsinki to a very nice apartment, centrally located, with many restaurants, coffee shops, and groceries nearby.

Our friend, Irena, met us at the apartment that night. Irena lived with us in 2003-04. She was an exchange student and had attended East Lansing High School. She is now a doctor. She urged us to visit Suomenlinna the following day, since it was to be uncharacteristically sunny and a bit warmer. Suomenlinna is a series of islands about a 25-minute ferry ride from the port. Originally a Swedish castle (1748) it was surrendered to the Russians in 1808. In 1917, Finland achieved independence from Russia and it has been Finnish ever since. You can see evidence of all 3 cultures on the island. Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is well worth the visit.


We went to the top of Torni, a 13-story historic building in Helsinki. Built in 1931, it was the tallest building in Finland until 1976.


Photos of downtown Helsinki.