A boat trip and walking tour around Helsinki will bring youup to speed on the city’s history today. Keep an eye out for the SoummenlinaSveaborg, the former military academy of Finland. These days it’s a buzzing hubof cafés, bars and restaurants where the locals go to de-stress. Your cruisewill bring you to the open-air museum of Seurasaari. Set on a gorgeous greenisland, it’s hard to believe this sleepy oasis is just a few kilometres fromthe city centre. It’s a collection of cottages, farmsteads and manors from thelast 4 centuries, which have been transported here from all over Finland. It’sno small collection either – you’ll walk around the museum’s 80-odd buildings,all designed to show you local life from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Onceyou’ve had time to look around, a coach will pick you up and drive you to theTemppeliaukio Church. Locals call it the Rock Church and when you get hereyou’ll see why – it’s carved out of a giant piece of rock.
If a service is taking place in the Rock Church, the guide will describe the church from the outside. This tour may operate in reverse order. It is a 400-yard walk uphill from the coach parking to the Rock Church.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.