Helsinki, Finland: Suomenlinna, Market Square, the Church on the Rock & more

Helsinki, Finland: Suomenlinna, Market Square, the Church on the Rock & more

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Greetings. From, somewhere, up in the air above, Sweden. And. There's, Helsinki, the capital, of Finland, in the distance, today, we are finally going to pick up the RV although, we are going to take a day to explore the city before the great road trip, adventure, begins. You. Know we're gonna drive all the way to the North Cape right so. Exciting, but first we want to see Helsinki. I'm riding. Riding. Riding, riding. In. My. RV. Wherever. I want. To be. You. Guys I'm free in. My RV. I've. Made it to Helsinki, like. Almost, every airport it is a pretty long walk to the exit, where my friend our host fellow Video Creator and our veer Petrie is waiting, for us, where. Could, he be. Well, we have arrived in Helsinki, and here sir on my friend victory and. We're. Gonna go get the motorhome now or later, and and see their chief. England, further for. The next. It. Is another, walk to where he was able to park his own motorhome how cool he came to pick us up in an RV. Yeah. This is what we would call a Class C. First. Order of business of, course we have to get supplies you know pillows blankets towels, toilet. Paper you know the essentials, ooh and water, and some, food and we've, come to this huge, mall, although, almost everything. Is closed at this time it is past 6:00 p.m. and Sunday. Then I get some surprise stuff next. We go pick up the RV and take, it to wrassle a campground, in Helsinki. Here. We get to hang out a little bit and he tells me how everything works, in the RV but there's. No video of that, well. Good morning, from. The Rostelecom, ground. In. Helsinki, Finland. It. Was rainy. This. Morning early, but as you can see it's, weather. Is improving dramatically. And I think we're gonna have a nice day here. At. Helsinki. You. Will have an old Class, C, European, style and, an. Old Scania, bus pretty. Cool. There. Goes Petri on his way back home in Barkhouse, we'll. Catch up with him tomorrow but right now we're going to take the metro. The. Metro system here is really easy to navigate since, there is only one line that splits at the end the. Bus and tram system, slightly. More complicated and, that's where we are rhasta and you, may notice that in this area of finland most signs, are bilingual they are in swamy and also. In swedish and the, reason for that is that there is a large, swedish, speaking community, in the southwest, portion of Finland. So. Far very nice. And there goes UPS we're. Walking towards Senate, square which is like, the center of town and from. There we'll, continue. Now the tour buses are here so this will get there's. The Helsinki, Cathedral and they are having some kind of military show, here at Senate, square it.

Turns Out it is the hundredth anniversary of, the Finnish Defence Forces and they, have this hundred Day Festival touring throughout the country, there's. The statue of Alexander the second, Grand Duke of England, and also emperor, of Russia because you know at one time this was part of Russia right as cool. And serendipitous. As disease I would have preferred to see the square in its natural state another. Time perhaps. We're. Gonna walk a short distance towards, Market, Square what's. Out lady. Yeah. It's only a block away. There. Is a cruise ship in town so we are surrounded, by lots, of fellow tourists, here it, is such a beautiful day. There. Are street, musicians. And there's, the open sky Cathedral, the, Finnish Orthodox, Church maybe. We'll get a chance to see it later, we, haven't had breakfast, yet so first we're going to the Old Market Hall, the. Building dates back to 1889, and it was one of the first indoor, markets, in Finland before. That there were all pretty much outdoors. Oh by. The way the aptly, named alko is a state monopoly and your only choice if you want to get booze so. Much stuff, here, here's, the three butchers, and by, the way since it is such a touristy, place a lot of the signs are in English, as well as in Swami. Here's. A Spanish place, take. A look at that Hammond. Liberian, Hammond that's the good stuff. Vietnam. The marinated, fish. Yep, that's what I want to have. This. Is the traditional, marinated, salmon from the average Finland is supposed to be very. Good that's right look at all this, deliciousness. But. We actually want to try the salmon, soup which, is not ready, yet so we're having some pastries. While we wait and, now. We're full. Let's. Have some coffee here at Roberts, coffee and continue. Exploring it. Is definitely, a perfect, day, to be outdoors if perhaps, a little bit too windy. Can't. Barely hear the accordion, with wind as we. Approach Market, Square here, the, important, looking building is none other than the Helsinki, City Hall. We. Wander, around Market. Square a, little bit. It's. Very, busy here today. Yeah. The salmon sub seems to be a popular, item everywhere. Yeah. It is a zoo out here, having. A cruise ship in, town by the way this obelisk, is called the stone of the Empress the oldest, public monument, in Helsinki, erected, after the capital was moved here by Russian, Emperor Alexander the. First in 1812, he wanted to reduce the Swedish influence, by bringing the capital closer, to Russia. There. Is once again the upends key Cathedral, a little closer this time. How. About we hop on a boat and take a ride to suomenlinna which. Is an island with. A fortress, UNESCO. World Heritage Site should, be interesting, and. Here's. The Alice C pool very. Popular but. Not today. This, morning we, bought a day pass for 9 euro using, the HSL, mobile, ticket, app which. Is good for the metro the trams buses, and, this, boat also so it is a pretty good deal if you, want to visit Helsinki. For a day and you want to move around the city they. Also have multi-day, passes, by the way if you plan to stay longer and save even more money so, pretty. Good deal and. Off. We go. By. The way so milena pretty, large island, so, we're only going to be able to see a small portion of it but, even if we don't get to see everything, at the boat trip alone is worth it especially since, it is included, in our day tickets. This. Big red and white fairy here on the right is the one that goes back and forth from here to Tallinn the capital of Estonia. Well. Yeah. The bird is certainly, the star here, everybody. Is, into, the bird, even. Myself like. We've never seen a seagull, before right and. Oblivious. That our destination, is right in front of us. And.

There. Is a pretty, nice view looking. Back towards, the center of Helsinki. Let's, check out suomenlinna, among, the hordes of tourists. We, enter through the jetty barracks, and we, don't really know what to expect except. That there is a fortress, somewhere, here on the island this, wasn't really part of the plan so we didn't do much research, to. Be honest I didn't think we were going to have time or that it would be so easy to come here. Most. Of these houses which are now businesses, date, back to the mid 1800s. Here's. This woman Lynette church it was originally, Orthodox, but, it got modified, and converted, into Lutheran. After, Finland's, Independence, in 1918. There's, the old organ, and, the. Old bell. Let's, continue. Here. We see some rather ancient. Artifacts, through, a window. Someone. Recommended, cafes. Some of our at the Toy Museum so. That's, where we're going and. Here. We are the. Former, home of Captain, Vasily. F and now, it is the toy museum. At, some local, bail. Interesting. Growth on, that tree. You. Notice, we still haven't found the fortress, not yet we, didn't get a map but, I believe it is this way and there's. A lot of construction, happening around here. And. There's. The fortress. Did. You see the fortress. Good. Because I don't know what got into us but we decided to walk back to the ferry and see, the rest of Helsinki, instead. Can. You believe it we, came all the way to swimming, Lena and didn't explore, the fortress, I guess now we have a good excuse, to come back certainly. What. A spectacular, view. That, is. Time, to get off the boat. All. The tourists, now waiting, to go to those for Melina. Well. Yeah at least we got there early and avoided, some of the crowds I don't. Think we've seen this part of the Market Square yet. Interesting. They, even sell reindeer, skins. And. Lots. Of, souvenirs, hey maybe we can get a postcard, or a magnet. Okay. Let's get out of here it is just a little bit crowded, and. We didn't get our salmon soup after all but you know what our time here in Finland, is just, getting started so we'll get our salmon soup and many other things in due time. Hmm. Some of this stuff looks pretty good. Okay, let's take the tram using, our daily, pass we. Wait a few minutes here at the cow pottery, or Market. Square station. Across. From this statue called, the javis Amanda, the. Female, figure, rising, from the sea symbolizes. The birth of Helsinki. Our. Trams should, come from that way in, a few minutes, actually. There it is. Pretty. Cool the lively, city Helsinki, huh, that's. The central railway station over, there oh by. The way I just realized I haven't told you where we're going. The. Church. Is. So windy well, anyways yes, it is a church built, inside, a rock with, a copper, lined dome. Apparently. The church is very popular. With concerts, although. What we're seeing today it's, more, like a rehearsal, I think. I'll. Be the first one to say it it. Is a very. Interesting. Performance. That. Is, beautiful. And I just realized that there is no photography. Sign which nobody, seems to be paying attention to much less enforcing. So maybe. I shouldn't, even be doing this but, it is such captivating. Music I'm. Sorry I have to share it. Ah. That, was awesome and, the acoustics, so grating there well. Let's, walk around a little more, there is another neat, chapel, that I want to visit you'll. See and these. Are some pretty cool looking, balconies, here winter, proof is. That a Cuban, flag I see on that building, well. It is the Cuban embassy all the way here in Helsinki. Here's. The Mexican, Embassy -, we continue walking, towards.

This. Other Chapel, I mentioned, and there it is I see it right, next to the, rink a square it, is called the campi chapel also known as the Chapel of silence, since. It is a way to escape, the. Hustle and, bustle of, one. Of helsinki's, busiest. Areas and have, a moment of silence. A place. To calm down and. Find. Your inner peace. We're. Back outside much, more relaxed. But very hungry all, we had for breakfast, was that smoked salmon, and the pastries, and but now we are pretty famished, he's, a sculpture, called, deleted. A vases with, pretty much translates. As enterpreneur, sculpture, and there's, the campi chapel as seen from the busy square. Let's. Go into the shopping mall shall. We well. That looks pretty massive. It's a huge, shopping. Mall here. My. Idea was to walk through the mall and find out another exit, on the other side but I think, we're lost. Finally. Found the exits and now we're looking for this rooftop bar, on the Turney hotel and maybe, grab a bite to eat. We. Found an awesome finish, IPA, but, they don't serve food. Check. Out that view though. The. Private, party perhaps. Well. There are not that many high-rise. Buildings. Here, in Helsinki, and this. Is certainly, one of the few but the, view is amazing. We. Get a panoramic, view of the city although, let, me tell you that IPA on an empty stomach is not, a very good idea so we've gotta go get something, to eat soon. To. Channel Rick Steves less. A commanding. View we. Can even see swarming Lina in the distance, and, the. Cruise ship living, port, let. Me tell you if they served food here we would have lingered, for a while. This. White boulevard here is called Esplanade, II and. Has a vibe that almost reminds, me of Paris. There's, this esplanade, urban. Park and there, is music. We. Are now approaching Senate, square once again coming full circle and notice, we haven't had anything to eat yet since. This morning and we've. Heard about this restaurant called savolta, which, serves traditional, Finnish style dishes we. Begin with some wine, some. House appetizers, as supreme, savolta, which is like an assortment of appetizers. And, we got to Lapland, specialties. The reindeer, of course and attend our braised, lamb, and. Finished. It off with some Calvados. Because, why not a very expensive meal but it was basically our only meal of the day was, it worth it I don't, know it was really tasty food, it seemed authentic somewhat. Smallish, portions, but that is to be expected at, a place like this hey. You, only live once right now. That, we've got our finished food fix, it's, time to return to the campground, and get the RV ready. For our epic, journey north. I might. Even give you a quick tour of the, RV and yes, and there is a lot more to see here in Helsinki but don't despair, we're coming back after the road trip and we'll, see the rest of the stuff then. Greetings. From, Helsinki. Finland, as, promised, I want to give you a quick. Tour of our, European. Motorhome. Anyways, can you believe it is 9:30, p.m. here. In Helsinki, Finland, and the, Sun is still out I mean it's it's incredible hi lady how late it, gets dark at this higher. Latitudes, but anyway this is a sunlight. It's about 25 feet in length this. Here is the back of our, it's. A three way, absorption. Refrigerator, which is pretty nice this. Is the cassette toilet here, which I'll, show you in. Future. Video I'm, not quite sold on it yet although. To, be honest I've only dumped it once and it wasn't that bad.

Here. We have a huge, garage. Well this is very common with Europe, more homes to have this very. Large garage, area. Under the bed in. The back here and I. Think it's, a good feature some of our classes, have something, like this but not all of them but. It's, very nice to have all that storage back there here's another access. To that a. Basement. Or garage storage. This. Right here is our true map combi, it's, a water. Heater and. An. Heater. You know for, when we need it so that's very nice, now another difference, between American motorhomes, and European motorhomes down here as you can see we have a and, it's leaking a little bit I have to fix that that's. The. Gray water. Dump. But, over here they don't have like a dump station like, we do in the United States, you. Dumped the. The gray water is like. A like. A drain basically, like a like a drain and then and you make sure you're aligned that that pipe with a drink and you open, the valve and. Drink. And then, for. The cassette toilet they. Have a place and, there, is like right, next to the laundry room now let me show you inside and I, apologize, in advance it might be a little messy in here because, we've. Been here for for. Just a 24 hour section. So. This is basically. My first impressions, of this. So. You can see, here's. Our cockpit it's a. Fiat. Ducato, I've been practicing, my stick shift skills. A. Little, bit here, we have this these, are the two. Chairs. That swivel, nice we have another chair this is a pretty nice table per story, now. As we walk here to the back we have our three-way, refrigerator. With I mentioned, before, right, now is working. On, power. But. It's our American, but you can change it as you can see you. Can make it work with the battery you. Can make it work off propane, or you, can make it worth automatically. As it, is now with. Electrical. Power. It's. Very nice it's, it's very similar to each other. Oh yeah. Finnish IPA and. Here. We have some storage, and some pantry, storage that we really haven't used much of it and. Three. Burner stove this. Is kind of weird because if. You if you leave it like that you know you hit. There. I don't want to break it but that's, our. Sink. Here for. Dishwashing. And so. Forth and so on, here. We have a skylight and with. This with, the screen for the bugs and, more, storage here. Are. Instructions in, in Swami so I cannot, understand, them but. Luckily we have Google, then. Let me show you this is the bedroom here we.

Have His and hers a wardrobe. Closets, we have more storage up there. We. Have skylight, here also we have we have skylight, there in the middle. I'm. Out of breath here well here we, have the infamous cassette. Toilet, which. At. Some point I will demonstrate where, there's a light he hears the light and, we. Have our our sink, here and then, that's me we. Have some storage, here for toiletries. And such. Skylight. That you can. Open. You know to, to vent any any, undesirable. Fumes and then, here we have the, shower the. Way you work this shower because right now it's. In you know in this mode where you can walk around but what you do you remove this piece here. And. Then. Come. This way and, this. Way. - no that's not how it works here. -. And. You, know. There. And. There. You have your shower, which. Actually, it's. Really roomy considering. The. Size of this RV. Here. There there's another, bed that I'm probably, not going to use because there's only the two of us we here we have some power outlets, and 12-volt, power outlet of. Course european-style, so, I have, to use. This. This. Adaptors for all my electronics. That. Is is fine that they, are all. Ready. For for the voltage shield I just need it, ok, let, me show you here we have this. Would be the battery for the. Vehicle, this will be the battery for the RV here's. Our fresh water tank which were almost out of water and here's our gray, water tank which is almost kind of empty, also. What. Else said let, me show you the propane, tanks they, do it a little bit different here it's. More like like, the. Way you would do a mini travel trainer, ok, let me show you how, the propane, works and. Here's, our carry-on bags very away from the trip. We. Have this door, here and. We. Have we. Have two propane tanks, and, what we do when. This. One Brown ran out for example just unplugged it from it and plugged. It into the new one and, that's pretty much a quick, overview, of our. Motor. Home here in Finland, that we're gonna take on for Spain now on a two-week, road, trip. Around. The, Nordic and Scandinavian. Countries, and. OS, and without. Further ado I'm just going to let. You guys go this, is our. Motorhome. As I said courtesy. Of savonia. Caravan here and my friend Peter E in. The in. Finland, and until. Next time thank.

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I have tiny bit of Finnish and Russian blood in my genes. Speaking of serendipitous, it is weird but for some reason the first people I met from outside of the US were from Scandinavia, Sweden to be precise.

You would make an awesome tour guide. BTW I received my shirt, thanks!

Thanks! Hope you liked it

Curious what was the temperature there in June?

Wow! What do I say? Helsinki is a beautiful community. Their architecture, their idea of calm, silence, and a place to go in the hustle and bustle of life, genius, and their electric streetcars, genius......their classical voices are to die for, and acoustics were excellent, (the sound of angels) and what a job you did Robert. Be proud...Good work! CDH&CDH

Thank you. We enjoyed Helsinki and the rest of Finland a lot.

Your videos jump all over the place :(

I jump all over the place sometimes.

Great! Will you cover other Scandinavian countries in this trip?

Watching this a second time. Fantastic Robert!

Hi, Robert. I am Nick, your follower. Like your channel a lot. If in one day, you will decide to visit a Moscow you should know that you can write me, i can help you and show different culture sites in this city. Thank you for your videos and awesome music!

thank you!!!!

so familiar places great that u had opportunity to visit our land Rob :)

I had a great time there

Gorgeous video - and wonderful music around 19:50. Funny that Starbucks and Subway is everywhere. Eventually they'll be on Mars.

Hey Robert how did you like the rv you had there? Would you buy one like that for yourself? Thanks for sharing.

Traveling Robert awesome.have a good day Robert.

That size is about the sweet spot for us. I was able to park in relatively big cities. I would make some changes for use in North America like add a black water tank, A/C and generator. Otherwise very perfect.

This video is fabulous! I appreciate the historical information as I really don't know much about Helsinki. What a bustling city! The boat ride offered beautiful scenic sites ... and that gull .... You really are a 'bird whisperer' Robert. So glad that you didn't see the no photography sign in the Rock Church .... acoustically perfect venue! Some traditional instruments .... and some not so traditional. Loved the percussionist ... I'm partial to percussionists. The Sunlight looks very nice! A little different than what you are used to but nice! Can't wait for the next video! Thanks Robert!

Finland! Amazing. What possessed you to go on a Nordic road trip? I never miss your videos and looking forward to your sojourn to the Far North!

I believe there's a cruise that leaves from Ushuaia , Argentina. It is on my list... but that one is a lot of $$$ and no guarantee it will sail.

Traveling Robert Thanks for your reply. Wife wants to go to Antarctica! Don’t know how to pull that off.

I have always been attracted to extreme latitudes. In 2010 we went to northern Alaska, and now going to the very top of Europe. Hadn't it been for the very gracious invitation by my friend Petteri, I might have never known this part of the world.


Great video again Robert! Thanks for sharing!

Helsinky is beautiful and safe city. Good video.Congrats.

Hope you had fun in Finland

De que denominacion es la IGLESIA EN LA ROCA?

Domingo 29 7 am ...Buenos dias Robert, que lugar mas lindo.Dicen otros viajeros que es caro el lugar, el transporte y la comida . Los ferri.

Howdy Robert,thanks a lot for sharing yet another superb video here,this time about your visit to Helsinki in Finland.You are indeed a multi-talented guy and I consider it a true honour to be one of your subscribers.Keep the ball rolling buddy,your efforts are highly appreciated here.Cordial greetings from William in Bruges,Belgium,Europe

Unbelievable! Now, I'd like you to visit any of these sites:

Helsinki was fun, thank you!


Thank you! If all goes well, I be passing very close to where you are in about 2 months

Gorgeous! You are very talented Robert.

Thank you!

Great video Robert! Me and my Su Zee (Suzy to the music...I’m riding...riding with my SuZee, lol ) really enjoyed it. Great editing! I liked the music in the square with drums, guitar, and two electric bass players! Keep the videos coming!

Excited for the rest of this trip, this is an area I haven’t looked into much!

Just finished editing the next one. It was pretty unknown to us too. Full of surprises.

Hey Robert looks like your having a awesome time me and my gf are very jealous! We are here in Cocoa Fl and very motivated to see as much as possible while still having to work with our camper and record it as well. We seem to have a boat load of memory cards. Where would you recommend us visiting? And being we are not so tech savvy as you what program would you recommend in uploading or processing our videos? Can’t wait for the next update!

Thank you. There are a lot of places in Florida. Most of the Florida state parks are great. We were recently at Anastasia and can't wait to go back. On Windows your best bet is probable Adobe Premier Elements. On Mac iMovie. Happy trails!

They have praise dancers in Finland!? You learn something new every day lol!

So that's what that was

9:48 That big ferry is the Viking Gabriella which goes between Helsinki and Stockholm, not Tallinn. The Viking XPRS goes between Helsinki and Tallinn.

Great video Robert. How was it going through TSA with your camera gear. Was it a challenge?

Thank you. Yes, they make you take everything out.

13:10 You even zoomed at the WW2 Submarine memorial.. also it’s not that blunt. That’s the backside of the fortress (it’s meant to defend Helsinki from a naval invasion). Cannons, tunnels that seem like infinite mazes and other interesting things were what you missed.

9:45 Actually that’s the one going to Stockholm. The one which goes to Tallinn is only in Helsinki during evening and early morning.

Now here is like 28 Celsius

Also love the video. Thanks for showing it to us Americans. I think a lot of Americans think all the other countries are just dangerous.Where in real life they are beautiful and just as safe and clean.

Yea that no ac would be a problem here. It was 114f the other dat.

You seem to bad mouth tourist a lot, even though you’re a tourist yourself.

A specialty on the Suomenlinna island in Helsinki: You probably walked among prison inmates there, the island has one of the so called open prisons, the low risk inmates work or study during the day time, many of them renovate the island's old buildings. Videofrom NBC:

Finnish people drink lot of coffee :D

Those accordion players are Romanian thieves. Ever since EU was stupid enough to let Romania into EU they have flooded the continent with criminals.

In June in Helsinki the temperature can vary from 5ºC to 30ºC. It depends how lucky (or unlucky) you are.

so familiar places great that u had opportunity to visit our country Rob :)

You talked a lot about the cruise ship being in town, and there being a lot of tourists because of that, but that is pretty much every day in Helsinki, because Helsinki is actually the busiest passenger port in the world. There are 3 main cruise ship terminals, the Katajanokka terminal, which you passed and where you saw M/S Viking Gabriella, the Olympia terminal, which is on the opposite side of the harbor, and Länsiterminaali in Jätkäsaari, Western Helsinki.

I am working in downtown Helsinki and visited Senate Square at lunch time June 4th too. :)

Cool. I went back the following week. Much more quieter.

Watch my video about my genes :)

That cassette toilet is quite a standard in Europe. It doesn't stink at all when emptying if you use the toilet chemical right way and it still is very easy to handle. I am Finnish and an owner of a 10 year old Sunlight RV and so far I have been very satisfied with it. Sunlight RV's are built at Capron factory in Germany. They are "budget" version to Dethleffs, but as good I think. They are built partly just from a little cheaper materials, but it really doesn't lower the quality at all.

Wow. Even im from Helsinki, i find your Helsinki videos very enjoyable! Need to subscribe you! :)

The whole island of Suomenlinna / Sveaborg is the fortress.

Well yea. Finns drink the most coffee in the world. In year 2016 nearly 10 pounds per person.

Or a lot safer and a lot cleaner. Like in this case.

You should have seen the fortress.

I'm from Helsinki. Your video gives a pretty good picture of it! Cheers mate!

Next time

Some historical tidbits: Finland was the eastern half of Sweden, referred to as "Österland" from the 1200's until the year 1809, when the Russian empire, having fought centuries of war with Sweden managed to split Sweden in half. Österland then became an autonomous grand duchy called Finland, ruled by the emperor of Russia (that's why he held the separate title "Grand Duke of Finland"). The Russian rule didn't last very long, since the Russians always saw Finland as a part of their old enemy Sweden. Finland was left to it's own devices pretty much completely untouched by any Russian legal changes until 1899, at which point the people in Finland had already developed their own nationality, referring to themselves as Finns. When Russia tried to assert more control over the area in the early 1900's, they were met with riots which escalated in the death of the General Governor of Finland. during the first world war, the Russian empire fell and Finland became a sovereign state, slowly but steadily reconnecting back to the Nordic countries and the Scandinavian roots of the Finnish culture. That is why you see statues of Russian emperors in Finland, but at the same time have Swedish written everywhere inside the country. TL;DR Finland was part of the Kingdom of Sweden for 600+ years, then an autonomous part of the Russian empire for 108 years and has been independent for nearly 101 years at the time of writing this.

At 23:47, where did that guy teleport to?

It would be unlikely. It's not a thing in Finnish Evangelical Lutheran churches. It's likely to have been just a musical performance that involved some kind of dancing.

Why? It's a performance in a church. Why wouldn't it be?

I don't think it was. I think it was just some other performance.

Five deg C would be very unusual though, as would be +30. It might be +5 during the night but even that is a bit chilly for June. Tourists can expect the average temperatures in June to be around 14-15 deg C but that's just the average. Daytime temperatures are typically warmer. Summer temperatures (June-August) are usually +/- a few degrees from +20. This summer has been entirely unusual, however, and Finland among many other European countries has experienced a scorching heat wave with temperatures reaching as high as +30C and even slightly above for several weeks on straight. It's now August 18th and the temperature has been around +22 in the south today, and I'm in the archipelago now where it's typically a bit cooler than on the mainland. +30 C temperatures were not just limited to the southernmost Finland like Helsinki either, but it was +30 also in Lapland, all the way up to the northernmost Finland some 1200 km north of Helsinki. It's been crazy, but that's climate change for you.

Gabriella isn't Helsinki-Tallinn -ferry, it's a Helsinki-Stockholm -ferry

You have such a radio voice. lol


18:32 Look at how bored that guy is :D

What did you mean by "A Cruiseship"? Was it the Silja Line ship or was there a bigger, actual Cruise Ship? EDIT: Nevermind you showed the Amazing Cruise ship at 23:00

I have to admit, that bird did have some smooth moves.

NO...he did not bad mouth tourists! He just mentioned that there WERE a lot of tourists....BIG DIFFERENCE!!

Marie Flynt: not really. I think they flow very nicely. Maybe it's all in YOUR head.

I’m leaving for Helsinki in 8 days! Can’t wait.

Hello again Robert. Another interesting video. I live in Puerto Rico but visit my daughter and her Mom every year for Aug and Sept. in Tallinn. You mentioned you may visit this area again sometime. If you do, make sure to include Tallinn. It is truly a special place. There is plenty of info online on that. If you should find yourself in this area at this time of year, I would like very much to invite you to a coffee. Best wishes and safe travels. Contact

Thank you. Yes, Norway and a little bit of Sweden

You;'re welcome

Thank you, and yes, Subways is everywhere

So glad you liked it. It was a very special trip

I don't know if I'll make it as far west as Ottawa this fall, but I was tempted by Montreal. We'll see. Time and weather will dictate that part of the trip

We did

The death of the General Governor was not part of any riots though, but an assassination by our national hero eugen schauman. Also, Swedish is only written on stuff in some coastal areas.

Xerdoz It's not thievery to play the accordion for money. It's completely different than just begging. And the beggers aren't the thieves either. They're their 'bosses' whom they're forced to give the money to.

9:55 It actually goes between Helsinki and Stockholm

The bird scene xD hahaha

24:38 Darude sandstorm anyone?

Awesome! I wish I had the time to visit Finland

The red an white boat goes from Helsinki to Stockholm Sweden... not to Tallinn, Estonia.

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