Ketunretket provided a biking in the National Park Nuuksio Tour to a group from Mexico City. Guido and Fernardo came to Helsinki with a cruiser ship and we met them in the harbour of Katajanokka. We had rented FatTire bikes from Haltia, so that was the starting point for our tour.
The terrain in Nuuksio varies a lot, part of the trip was on normal roads and part was on more rough terrain.
After riding the bikes in rainy weather we had a refreshing stop beside a small pond and grilled some sausages. Black coffee prepared on open fire was very good!
Arja had decorated the table with blueberry twigs
The day ended at Lake Kuusijärvi in Vantaa
Finnish tradition is to provide a visit to a smoke-sauna
Suomenlinna is an old army site in front of Helsinki coast. This site started to be built year 1748 by the Swedish-Finnish army, to stop the Russian enemy possibilities to attack Sweden's capital Stockholm.
Since that time the fortress has been owned by the Russian army during the Grand Duchy time and after that the army forces of independent Finland.
Old soldiers are having a parade during one beautiful day in Suomenlinna
Sailing ships glide in the mist
Riding police taking part in the parade
Soldier parade passing the bridge of Artillery Bay
Finnish Army Band
Suomenlinna is an enormously nice place to have your bachelor party
You might also meet personnel of the fortress, probably they have stayed here pretty long time, searching for the disappeared ship?
These soldiers had just got their daily portion of alcohol, measured with a name "Jumpru". As always, they were very keen to share it...
And again one peaceful day has been spent in Suomenlinna. Sun is shining and the yellow herb idänukonpalko (bunias orientalis) is coloring the scenery. Wooden bird is guarding the peace of the island.
Old Russian cannons are still here to remind us of the time when they were needed...
Even older cannons from the Swedish era have been placed here. This cannon is from the end of 1700 century.
So now it is the time to have something to drink and eat, and here in Suomenlinna you can enjoy many restaurants and cafe's.