A to Z Ports- Helsinki, Finland
Most ships sailing to Helsinki will dock close to the commercial area, which is not close to any of the attractions. However, when a cruise ship is in port, the hop-on, hop off bus makes a special stop at the ship, so it is a good option forgetting to most of the main sites of the city, with great drop off points. Once in the city centre, it is easy to find the craft and food market, high-end shopping and great places for a nice coffee or a bite to eat.
The craft market was a great place to wander, see local artisans at work and meet some of the friendliest people who wanted to share information about their work.
If you are lucky, there will be performances in the park across the street from the market. We were entertained by live jazz music and various street performers.
A special hint, sometimes it is hard to find public washrooms. While the train station’s architecture is beautiful, skip the washrooms (they were dirty and you still had to pay). Instead, the City Hall, which is near the market, has free washrooms and they were clean.
Here are some links to my previous posts about Helsinki.