We took the ferry to the sea fortress of Suomenlinna this past weekend. We went against our sandwich guy's advice about not going, as a storm was coming in, and decided to brave the choppy waters to explore it regardless. It was lovely- like stepping back in time into a little island village, and despite the ominous skies we managed to not get soaked. The ferry itself was wonderful- old fashioned and rickety in that charming way, and the driver (captain?) had heavy metal hair. Love it.
The ferry, with it's vinyl seats and softly creaking deck, dutifully shuttles the residents, tourists, and commuters of the islands back and forth to Helsinki. Despite the ripply sea, the ride was smooth and we arrived safe and sound, and most impressively, not sea-sick. I was a little worried, seeing as the boat was bobbing around like a bladder on a stick at the harbour so I strategically placed us right next to the bogs but once we set off, all was well. Maybe living next to the sea is making a sailor out of me? Although I still refer to the docks as "boat parking lot", so maybe not quite.
After we had explored the sea fortress (which we'll see in another post), we hopped back on our ferry and glided back home. Yo ho ho!