Helsinki - B'days and Back doors January 21st 2008 So this is the start of our big winter trip, thru Siberia in particular. Given the expense of flying one way to Russia we decided to visit Helsinki and use Finland as a 'back door' to Russia.
On the 19th of January in the wee hours of the morning we caught a taxi and then a bus to Heathrow London. After our plane was delayed an hour or so we finally began our month long travels with our flight ... read more
Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki Finland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809. It won its complete independence in 1917. During World War II, it was able to successfully defend its f... ... read more