Finland Finale

We finished our 60 and Doc Backpacking trip in Finland. Here is my top 5 list of things to do while in Helsinki:
1) Suomenlinna Island

Yesterday, we adventured to Suomenlinna Island that is a sea fortress. It has shifted ownership between the Swedes, Russians, and current residents of Independent Finland. Nearly 800 people still live on the island and is home to museums, crafts, and recreation. Whether walking the trails or enjoying the sights, I highly recommend spending 11E on a guided tour. Our guide Camilla was informative and passionate about the history of Suomenlinna. In addition to the fort, the lovely twenty-minute ferry ride was relaxing with some breath taking Finnish scenery. 

2) The Old Hall Market

Walking the stalls and purchasing local crafts, produce, and souvenirs. You must grab a basket of strawberries. We swung through twice for berries and they were deliciously sweet. 

3) Temppeliaukio Church (The Stone Church)

Today, we enjoyed a leisure breakfast and then explored two different churches. The Stone Church was amazing. The acoustics of this natural surround was breathtaking. We luckily arrived with organs playing and were treated to a soloist singing. We stayed for about forty minutes and it was FREE!

4) Kamppi Chapel (The Silent Chapel)

The second church today was the Silent Chapel. The location is in the square of Kamppi shopping center. It is a unique honeycomb shape in the heart of concrete buildings. When you step through the door, you are transported into a silent wood fortress with natural and candle light warming the room. 

5) Shopping

Just walking around the malls provides excellent people watching. Today, our last stop was at the Finnish design house, Marimekko. I could have spent my salary on the bright bold clothes, jackets, housewares, and bedding. I did splurge on a few items. Stopping by Marimekko is a must when in Finland. 

It was a great final adventure. Tomorrow, we have an early wake up call to make our cross the globe trek to the ATL!

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