Getting the most out of your Port Day in Helsinki, Finland

Getting to City Center from the Cruise Port

We encountered three options when we disembarked the ship, we chose the first:

  1. Public Bus – €4 each way or €8 for all day pass – Since I was traveling with a baby, both my and his tickets were free!
  2. Cruise Shuttle – €10 for all day use
  3. Hop On Hop Off tour (every 20 minutes) – €30

Shopping

The City Center is dense with shopping malls, from local mid-market brands to Prada and Chanel.   The Nordic’s largest Department Store, Stockmann, is part of this district.

Market Square

Part Farmer’s Market, part souvenirs, part clothing stalls made this market fun to wander.   Prices felt high for the clothing, but perhaps the norm for Finnish shopping.

Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral

Uspenski means “Ascension of Mary” in Russian.  This Cathedral was built by the Russian Military in 1868 and is free to visit. (Closed Mondays)img_8312

Senate Square

Helsinki was built by the Russian’s, yet since they hired a European Architect for much of the design of public spaces, it has the feeling of other European cities.  You can get a sense of this in this square.  To go inside of the Lutheran Cathedral (closed Mondays), enter through the left hand side.

Beer House

For a variety of beers on tap and in bottles, check out Kaisla which is just a 4 minute walk from the Train Station.  They had several appetizer options as well which held us over til we returned to our ship for dinner.

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