Finnish Art

On our final day in Helsinki, we toured art museums and churches. 

First we went to the Ateneum museum. There were some very famous pieces, but the majority we’re Finnish artists which is what we we’re hoping to see!

Then we stopped by some architecturally unique churches, like the Rock Church. It didn’t really photograph well, but it was a huge stunning pile of rocks built on a giant rock!

We walked around and checked out a few more buildings we were interested in then headed back for a nap before dinner.

We didn’t have a plan for dinner but found a delicious place, Il Birrificio for dinner and drinks!

I had a tasty porter called Suburbanned.

Suomenlinna

We took the ferry over to the island fortress originally called Sveaborg since it was built by the Swedish. Called Viapori by the Finnish and renamed in 1918 to Suomenlinna. Sewden began construction of the fortress in 1748 against Russian expansion.

The ferry only took about 15 minutes.

While on the island we got to tour a Finnish submarine.

We also explored the military museum.

Once we were back, we had dinner and then more beers!

I tried multiple beers from this brewery, Donut Island, and enjoyed their diverse range.

Helsinki

How adorable!

My first meal in Helsinki was grilled liver with bacon!

Then we went to the Finnish Architecture Museum.

Not only did it teach us about architecture and design but also gave us some history of the city.

We took quite a long walk to see the city and get it bearings. This is Senate Square.

Stopped in for a pint at Helsinki Brewery.