Are you aware of the fact that you can "taste a bit of Estonia", i.e., reach an entirely different country from the Finnish capital in less than two hours? Sounds crazy, right? Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is located about 80 km south of Helsinki; and you can reach it without a visa. You can embark on a voyage of discovery from Helsinki to Tallinn by ferry. A few ferries operate between the two cities every day, with Linda Line providing the fastest connection (but they do not operate in winter, so opt for another ferry company during the winter months!) This means that a visit to Tallinn is an ideal combination of an exciting cruise across the enchanting Baltic Sea and an amazing day trip from the Finnish capital.
With its quaint and super-colourful medieval architecture, winding cobbled streets and mysterious towers, the capital of Estonia is one of Northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities that will literally transport you to another era. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting a myriad of galleries, museums and churches. Some of the most popular attractions in the Old Town include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Olav’s Church and the Old Town Square. Also, the fortress walls, cobblestone streets and narrow Gothic buildings in the city are awe-inspiring sights. And do not forget to get the best of Estonian cuisine by having a meal at one of the typical Estonian restaurants before hopping a ferry back to the Finnish capital for the night!