Am planning on visiting a friend in Latvia over Christmas (can't wait) but I figured I really want to see some of Scandanavia on the way to Latvia so I'm thinking: fly to Copenhagen from the UK then head east overland. Rail to Stockholm. I really want to get to Helsinki and catch the ferry across to Tallin. Anyone done this before? Any tips for getting from Stockholm to Helsinki? Is there a decent option that doesn't involve flying? Any idea? Also I know its the Christmas season so that makes things a) cold b)busy... but it may be the one and only time I can go - so good spots to stop along the way. I'm pretty flexible about time as long as I get to Latvia before Christmas....
Try the ferries. Tak a look at the Stockholm section in the travel guide (Getting there)
Wish you a nice trip.
I did a similar trip last year through Scandinavia. The cruise/ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki is fantastic because you sail through the archipelago.
It's going to be cold for sure, but Christmas time in Scandinavia is the best. Check out the Christmas markets in Copenhagen (visit Tivoli!). I hear there are great markets in Sweden, too... but I can only speak for Denmark. Be sure to have some glogg (mulled wine) and æbleskiver (warm, round pancakes)!
The ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn is very fast (I think it's only 1.5 hours, if I remember correctly). There are also helicopters travelling between the two cities (more expensive, of course). The old part of Tallinn is like something from a fairy tale book- with it's medieval towers and walls. But it will be cold- and dark- at Christmastime. When I visited in August, the night was just 5 hours long. So in the winter, they must have equally short days.
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Oct-2010, at 21:49 by madpoet ]