Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is home to the 18th-century sea fortress Suomenlinna, the fashionable Design District and diverse museums. The Northern Lights can be seen from the country’s Arctic Lapland province, a vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts.
We visited Helsinki, Finland while on Baltic Cruise (Royal Caribbean, Serenade of the Seas) in July 2017. We explored the city and visited Market Square, Uspensky Cathedral, Temppeliaukio Church (Rock church) and the Helsinki Cathedral. We also enjoyed the sights of the Helsinki shorelines on a sightseeing boat cruise along the canal.