This past June my girlfriend and I took a 2 week trip through Europe, visiting (in order) Kiev, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Amsterdam. It was a fantastic vacation that I'll remember for a long time. Hopefully these pictures will give you a little glimpse of the character of each city.
We arrived at Helsinki on the eve of Midsummer's Holiday, a huge occasion in Finland, apparently on par with Christmas. Everyone basically abandons the cities and goes to their cottage by the lake to chill, drink, hit the sauna, dip in the lake and then repeat. We only had one evening in Helsinki until we were meeting some friends to join the festivities. It's a good thing it stayed light out past midnight.
The Helsinki Railway station:
Modern residences next to a big mall right in the downtown (Kappi, I think)
Tons of trolleys in the downtown area:
Esplanade, heading towards the bay
This coffee shop used to be popular with Russian aristocrats, before Finland declared independence in 1917.
Friendly locals, I try not to generalize, but I find Fins to be an awesome people...generally speaking
Views of the harbor (around 10 pm)
Off to the countryside
Welcome sight after a hot sauna
Sun finally comes out
Time for a barn dance