Helsinki, Finland : Part 01

 

We spent our first two days in Finland up in Tornio photographing a wedding. We decided we earned ourselves a break and spent 3 days in Helsinki.

We stayed at the GLO Hotel Kluuvi which is a beautifully designed, modern hotel right in the middle of the city.

 GLO Hotel Kluuvi

GLO Hotel Kluuvi

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Monday

After having breakfast at the hotel, we headed to La Torrefazione for a morning coffee and a pastry. We walked through Narinkkatori Square to see the Kamppi Chapel. A completely silent chapel in the bustling city where you can find some peace and quiet.

 La Torrefazione

La Torrefazione

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 Kamppi Chapel

Kamppi Chapel

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 Sibelius Monument.

Sibelius Monument.

 Sibelius Monument

Sibelius Monument

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From here we continued our walk through to the area of Töölö where you can find not only the Sibelius Monument in the park but also the incredible Temppeliaukio Church.  Designed by the brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, the church was built directly into solid rock.

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 Temppeliaukio Church.

Temppeliaukio Church.

For lunch we headed down to the Brooklyn Cafe for a tasty bagel and coffee. Their freshly pressed juices are delicious too!

 The Brooklyn Cafe.

The Brooklyn Cafe.

It was much warmer than we anticipated Helsinki to be and after all the walking we did that morning, we decided to put our feet up and have a cocktail... okay maybe a few... at The Cock. It was fantastic to sit outside in the sun watching the world go by.

 The Cock.

The Cock.

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From The Cock we headed back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner. We had reindeer at the wedding and decided to have it again. Ravintola Aino was just around the corner from our hotel so we headed there for our second helping of reindeer and mash with lingonberries. After a stroll around the streets, we headed back to our hotel and called it a night.

 Reindeer and mash at Ravintola Aino.

Reindeer and mash at Ravintola Aino.

Photos taken on a Canon 5D MkIII and a Google Pixel 2.