We cleaned up the car, left our camping equipment at the apartment in Helsinki, and drove into the centre of Helsinki to catch the Viking Lines ferry. It was a warm day with the car thermometer measuring 30C sometimes. It was somewhat of a tortured drive through the centre of Helsinki – 30kph speed limits, cobblestones, traffic lights every 30 metres – but we made it to the terminal.
Leaving Helsinki in the bright sunshine was fantastic, and a great way to remember a city we really liked. We were allocated a cabin at the stern of the ship, no windows (cheap tickets! ) but there were windows in the corridor that looked over the stern of the ship.
I got up at 4am when I heard the ship docking at Mariehamn in the Aland Islands.
Later in the morning we wound our way through the islands of the Stockholm archipelago.
Leaving Helsinki on a sunny afternoon the Ferry weaving its way through the islands
leaving Mariehamn in the Aland Islands at around 4am in fog