Russia and Finland share more than just a border. These two countries have a similar climate and terrain, and although there are many cultural and social differences, the proximity of these countries allows people to traverse freely. Regular trains between the two countries also help facilitate tourism, and if you want to go to Finland from Russia, the most convenient way is to board a train and catch the ‘wintry landscapes’ of these two countries. The best way to start the tour is to take a train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki.
5 Ideas for your Russia-Finland getaway
1) Trains from Russia to Finland
Although there are flights and even cruises available for those who wish to travel in style, for the average traveler, a train is the best way to travel across both Russia and Finland. A flight would be too perfunctory and would not do justice to the rich visual treats that the two countries have to offer. There are several options for trains between these two and although there is no direct connecting train between Moscow and Helsinki, St. Petersburg in Russia is connected to both.
2) St. Petersburg
This old Russian city has a lot of sights and spots for visitors. Along with the old Winter Palace and different cultural museum where you can catch up on local history, the city is full of canals and streams which are accessible by boat. St. Petersburg is also home to a number of different palaces and parks, the entirety of which would not be possible to explore in a day and it is better if you spend some time here before moving on to Finland. This second most populated Russian city is also full of cuisines from all over the world since this metropolis is a melting point of cultures.
This Baltic city is definitely an explorer’s paradise. Its sleek and stylish designs, museums and rare wooden architecture make it one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. Finnish people also love their food which is evident from the sheer variety available in Helsinki’s streets. It truly is a gastronomical delight and their cold climate and close proximity with Russia also means a drinking culture that is unlike any other. So, if you enjoy your tipple, you will love Helsinki.
Finland and Russia are both blessed by nature and are home to a large number of unique flora and fauna. Accordingly, you can also engage in activities like hikes, walks along beaches and gardens. Although both Helsinki and St. Petersburg are sprawling urban centers, they are surrounded by lush green forests and parks and if you enjoy being around nature, you will love these cities.
Like any other vacation, this tour is also about the experience. If you wish to see the Baltic and Russian way of life, you must travel across these countries on a train and learn their customs and traditions as you travel. These places have a lot to offer to a weary traveler and remember, you must empty your cup before you can fill it up.
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