Sometimes I have wrong ideas about cities I have never visited. In my mind Helsinki was a small, serious, boring and grey city. While I was visiting I realized Helsinki is not grey at all, in fact it has a pretty diverse architecture. It is also a very alive city with good ambience and nice nightlife. During the night I went out and Helsinki is not so dark as other northern cities, light makes everything easier for my eyes.

Wandering around Helsinki, I visited two cathedrals. Helsinki Cathedral (in Finnish Helsingin tuomiokirkko) is a Lutheran Cathedral and one of the most popular tourist sights in the city. With a green dome and white walls, this building is placed in the Senate Square, where there is also a statue of Emperor Alexander II, Grand Duke of Finland.

The second cathedral is the Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. The entrance is free of charge. When I enter there was a wedding ceremony as you can see in the picture.

My friend Mikko brought me to Suomenlinna which is a sea fortress built on six islands declared by UNESCO as World Heritage site. This cultural treasure with almost 300 years of history is now home of approximately 800 residents and a place to visit for tourists. Suomenlinna is accessible only by water, you can take a ferry from the Market Square. In the webpage you can find more information included information about accessibility.

One of the funniest moments of my visit was when I saw a Christmas shop. I love ace
these shops with all sort of Christmas decoration and this one was very big. I got very excited as a kid in a playground.

Now Helsinki for me is one of the nicest cities of Scandinavia.