By Noah and Sam – We’ve travelled east to Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. Only 5.4 million people live in Finland, with just 610,000 living here. We’re staying somewhere even quieter – one of the islands off Helsinki called Suomenlinna. This sea fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only accessible by boat. The boat ride is awesome as it cuts through thick ice. It’s surprisingly noisy and the water looks like a giant slush puppy near the boat, until you get to the thicker, bigger sheets of ice.
Today we visited the Kamppi Chapel of Silence which was an amazing wooden building, a lot like a bowl. We continued the religious theme with a visit to the Rock Church (Tempeliaukio), which is a church excavated directly into rock. It’s probably the most amazing church we’ve ever seen.