Finland Travel

Trip to St. Petersburg Part 1


Two weeks ago I went to St. Petersbrug, the second biggest city of Russia. But before we arrived in Russia, we had quite a journey ahead of us. By us I mean over 50 exchange students from Rovaniemi who couldn´t wait to see the beauty of St. Petersburg.

The bus departed at 20:30 and arrived in Helsinki at 7:30. It was an exhausting night with almost no sleep, way to less space for my long legs and a seat next to the corridor, so no window to lean on. Due to that I couldn´t stop yawning the entire day :D. We had seven hours to kill until we had to check in for the ferry.

I wanted to see the “Underground Church” also known as “Rock Church”. A classmate of mine wanted to see it as well, so we headed of. When we arrived at the church (8:05) we realised that it wouldn´t open before 9 o´clock. Great I know. It was windy, I was tired and  there were no other attraction around, except two souvenir shops.

After wandering around for almost an hour we could finally enter the church, together with 30 Asians.

Temppeliaukio Church

Temppeliaukio Church is its real name. It is directly excavated into solid rock, has a glass cupola and a really unique atmosphere. The entrance ticket costs 3 euros and can be bought in the souvenir shop or directly in the church.

It took some time until I could take pictures without a bunch of Asians running through it. But we had a lot of time. So we were waiting a little, and I almost fell asleep.

From the church we walked towards the harbour and came across some things I had to take a picture of. For example, this little guy.

Something Finnish

Helsinki, Finland

If I will be in Helsinki again, I want to visit the National History Museum of the City. I just saw it from the outside, but these two giraffes drinking coffee and the rabbit wearing a top had looked really promising.

National History Museum Helsinki, Finalnd

National History Museum Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

At the harbour I took 100 of seagull Pictures which I want to spare you. I just think seagulls are really pretty and graceful looking birds and every time I see one, I have to take a picture.

Helsinki Finland

Besides taking a lot of seagull pictures, we took a look inside the market halls, where I saw something I wish I would own. Those who know me are Aware that I LOVE kanelbullar (cinnamon buns). I could eat them every day all year around. When I saw this jar of kanelbullar, I was about to take it with me 😀

Market hall Helsinki, Finland

Kanelbulle jar

It looks not as big on the picture as it was in reality. I think it was the size of my upper body, from my hips all the way up to my head. Santa, if you are reading this, you know what to bring me for Christmas 😉

At 15:30 we could finally check in and enter the ferry, where I went strait to bed to take a long nap.

Off to St. Petersburg

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  • KuminKueche
    November 7, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Hello, I found your little space in the community pool, so glad I did!! amazing write up!!!keep writing and inspire us…. surely will be waiting for more!!
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  • TravellingDany
    November 9, 2017 at 11:56 am

    St Petersburg is one of the places I always wanted to go to. Somehow it fascinates me, history, culture, architecture and everything else. I’ll show this to hubby, maybe we’ll manage to convince him together!

    • kathaisa11
      November 9, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      You should definitely go, it is an amazing city. Like you already said you can find everything there!

  • sabrinatrevis
    November 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Saint Petersburg must be an amazing city. I hope I’m going to able to visit one day. (Was it super cold!?)

    • kathaisa11
      November 9, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      I came from Finland so it felt actually “quite worm” 😁

  • Linda de Beer
    November 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I can understand why you waited in the wind and cold for Temppeliaukio Church to open. Amazing how it was excavated from solid rock. I hope you got in some sleep after that.

    • kathaisa11
      November 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Yes it was worth it 😊

  • Anisa
    November 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I visited the rock church too and I am glad you waited and didn’t just give up. It really is a special church.

    • kathaisa11
      November 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Yes it is 🙂

  • Anya Carion
    November 9, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I’m dying to go to Saint Petersburg! It looks like an absolute gem! I’d love to see such a beautiful place- that church is so gorgeous!

    • kathaisa11
      November 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      That church is in Helsinki 😉 But yes St. Petersburg is beautiful

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  • This Epic World
    November 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I’m mostly booking a Scandinavian cruise which will also be visiting St. Petersburg and these pictures are getting me all excited for the trip 😀

  • yasmin
    November 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Haha I like your writing Katharina it made me laugh! I’ve been wanting to visit St Petersburg for a while, one of my friends is from there. It looks so beautiful in your pictures! Now I wanna visit it even more 🙂

    • kathaisa11
      November 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Yes you should really go, it is amazing 😊

  • Nathalie Salcedo
    November 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I love everything about Temppeliaukio Church its interior that were really so beautiful. ❤ Love have you captured all sceneries as well.

  • Jasmine Jonas
    November 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    It looks absolutley beautiful there, great photos!

    • kathaisa11
      November 10, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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