Scandinavia, August 2013

I have been planning to visit Scandinavia for a long time, this desire arose after the first transit through Finland and Sweden in the fall of 2010 during a bus tour to Paris from St. Petreburg. But somehow everything did not work out, since all the interesting programs started in Moscow, which was not very convenient for me. To go first to the capital, then by night train to the second capital, where at 6 am to change to the bus, then hang out for half a day on the border with Finland-all this somehow killed the desire. I started planning an independent trip, as I had already gained some experience of "wild" tourism, made up a route, figured out transport, but when it came to finding suitable hotels, I had to abandon this idea because of absolutely ruinous prices in Sweden and Norway. Fortunately, the operator "Turtrans-Voyage" organized a new route, with a ferry from St. Petersburg, convenient in all respects, and in mid-August 2013, my old dream finally came true.

Travel Itinerary

Scandinavia travel map

1.St. Petersburg, 2.Helsinki, 3.Turku, 4.Stockholm, 5.Uppsala, 6.Idre, 7.Røros, 8.Trondheim, 9.Moldle, 10.Geiranger, 11.Briksdalsbreen, 12.Fjærland, 13.Nigardsbreen, 14.Oppheimsvatnet lake, 15.Bergen, 16. Hardangerfjord and Steinstø, 17.Haugesund and Avaldsnes, 18.Røldal, 19.Vinje Mountains, 20.Oslo, 21.Copenhagen, 22.Frederiksborg, 23.Kronborg, 24.Vättern lake.

Day One, August 15

Arriving at Pulkovo Airport, I took a packed minibus to Moskovsky Prospekt, then took the metro to Vosstaniya Square. Here is the Stockmann department store, where I bought a Canon EF 24/2.8 IS lens. They are much more expensive in the Urals, so I chose a store in St. Petersburg in advance, where you can drop by without spending a lot of time. Having found a new photo accessory, I went to Vasilievsky Island, to the terminal of the St. Peter Line ferry company, from where our tour begins.

St.Petersburg-Helsinki by St.Peter Line Ferri

Princess Maria ferry

St.Peter Line ferry terminal, Saint-Petersburg - Leningrad Marine Stanyion - Departure to cruise - Port and Sea Channel - Kronstadt - Evening and morning on Baltic - Arrival to Helsinki...read more

Day Two, August 16

Early in the morning, the ferry docked at the western ferry port of Helsinki, where we disembarked and very quickly passed through customs control. A bus with an Estonian crew was already waiting for us at the terminal building, which became our mobile home for 10 days. After taking seats on the bus, our group went on a sightseeing tour.

Helsinki Guided Tour - Main Sights

Helsinki

Here we will see the most important sights of the Finnish capital - the Monument to the composer Jan Sibelius, the Church in the rock and the Senate Square...read more