Russia and the Baltics, April 2012 — Collection of Stories

This is a collection of 7 stories on the trip we did 06-16 April 2012, covering St Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Moscow. We flew Emirates from Kuala Lumpur, with a brief lay-over in Dubai, destination St Petersburg. From there, we flew to Tallinn by Estonian Air, where we also did a daytrip to Helsinki by Tallink Silja ferry. Then with Air Baltic to Riga and Vilnius. From Vilnius we re-entered Russia by travelling to Moscow with Aeroflot. We also used Aeroflot to return to St Petersburg to catch the Emirates flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

Helsinki and the Suomenlinna-Sveaborg Sea Fortress

A day trip to Helsinki, Finland, from Tallinn, Estonia, with Tallink’s luxurious ferries — Shuttle Star and Baltic Princess. In Helsinki we took the opportunity to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site — the 18th century sea fortress on the island of Suomenlinna. Helsinki owes its very existence to this remarkable fortress. 10 April 2012.