a few friends and i are taking a trip next summer to Finland, possibly Sweden and St. Petersburg, anybody willing to help out with information on what to do around Helsinki, Turku (we're going to Ruisrock for a weekend and would like to spend a few days around the area), Stockholm and St. Petersberg would be muchly appreciated. We're mainly looking at the nightlife situation, but would like to visit a few landmarks of the area.
Hi, i hope it will be easy for you to plan your excursions in St Petersburg. there are lots of things to see even in the city center, Tsarskoe Selo is great, Petergoff also- they are out of the city. Every guide book will be helpful. Not a lot of great nightlife there, but there is a fun museum- Vodka museum, something that a student should enjoy:-) check in the hotel, where you stay, i took there 3 Americans -they loved there. There is excursion about vodka drinking in Russia, lots of interesting stories to listen, and a room where you can eat and drink hundreds of varieties of russian famous drink. At least this is unusuaal thing to visit in St Petersburg, you probably dont need an advice to visit the Hermitage;-) Its a must to see for everyone...
Best wishes and contact me if you have questions
While in St.Petersburg I went on a couple of "Peter's Walking Tours". The leave from the hostel and you get a lot of the interesting things pointed out to you.
One of them was a "club tour"... you start in the late afternoon checking out some of the shot bars and get a taste of some of the flavours (try the jalepeno vodka, it's tastey!) Then as the night goes on your check out different bars and clubs - and along the way we scoped out the old KGB headquarters and the [supposed] building where Rasputin was shot and where he went into the river.
All in all a great time and highly recommended. (I also recommend to see more of Russia and not just the urban centre.)
Hello. It seems if people go to Russia they go to Moscow, St. Petersburgh. Sometimes they go along TranSiberian Railway. I think Brendan knows, that there are another places in Russia. So, I want to know, why Ariana you go to St.Peter? Russia is so different. And St.Peters is not Russia, and Moscow is not Russia. These are two Russian capitals. They are made for foreign guests. Night life? Night life in Siberian rock clubs can be very interesting. Maybe my point of view is person's point of view who don't live in capitals and it is just a jealousy. Why people go to Moscow and St.Pet and don't go to Altai region, Khakasia Republic, or Tomsk town?
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 5, 2006 9:50 AM by Iza ]
Have you had your scandinavian trip yet, I wish you didn't miss the Finland Saunas. I spent half a month to travel around Scandinavia when I was studied in a Denmark university 2 years ago. It's a good way to open your mind as well as to meet people:-)
Finland, with a population of around five million, have more than 2.5 million saunas, people there enjoy the extreme contrast between 180 celcius degree steam and icy cold: Finland Saunas.
Another thing I can't forget is to see the world-famous White Nights in St. Petersburg in last July. You know that right? It lasts only for a short period a few days each side of the summer solstice, there’s no darkness between sunrise and sunset: This summer's white nights.