Whilst I'm in the Area...

The contract for my new job is just a temporary one, and ends shortly after Christmas. This means that come January I'll be unemployed. Being unemployed in January, and moping at home seems like a total waste of mine, and everyone involved's time. Therefore I've decided to do the obvious thing; whilst I'm in the area, I'll travel!

Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Cathedral. Source

My plan is, should I be able to, fly from my new home town, Enontekio, down to Helsinki and spend a day or two exploring the city. I'd definitely like to visit the Kotiharjun Sauna for a massage and to generally relax. As well as that I'd like to drop into the Temppeliaukion Kirkko- perhaps I'll be able to catch a concert or something whilst I'm visiting.

From there I'd like to travel to Tallinn, Estonia. I had thought about getting the ferry across (and if anyone has experience of this, I'd love to hear from you) but with it being December/ January time I have doubted myself, and wonder if it would be better to book a flight across? In case of problems with the weather and the such like?

Tallinn
Tallinn, Estonia. Source

Tallinn is a city which remains loyal to it's fairytale charms, with castles, and cathedrals to visit. Places I'd like to see include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, as well as the Town Hall, which boasts views across the city if you climb the 115 steps to the top. I've also heard about a place called Gloria's Wine Cellar, which is touted as Narnia for grown ups! Definitely somewhere worth checking out.


Riga, Latvia
Riga, Latvia. Source

My next stop would be Riga, Latvia. Another fairytale style city with art noveau architecture everywhere including nightmare inducing gargoyles, and praying Goddesses. Riga boasts a castle, the gorgeous old Gothic style St Peter's Lutheran church. As well as that it's worth seeing the Freedom Monument which was, surprisingly, never knocked down during the Soviet reign. Separated by the city canal into Old and Central Riga, the canal is in fact the city's old moat. Along the banks of the canal lies Bastion Hill, its the last remnant of Riga's sand bulwark fortifications.


'Town Hall Square' Vilnius
Vilnius, Lithuania. Source

Depending on time, perhaps my last stop through the Baltic's will be Vilnius, Lithuania. Home to the largest baroque old town in Europe, Vilnius is on the UNESCO world heritage list. The skyline is full of Catholic and Orthodox church steeples, and the streets crumbling corners and cobblestone alleys. So packed with delights on every corner, definitely a city I'm looking forward to visiting


Warsaw
Warsaw in the snow, Poland. Source
Lastly, should I have time, I want to visit Warsaw, Poland for a couple of days. Having fallen in love with Poland when I visited in summer 2013, Warsaw is definitely on my list of cities to visit. I'd love to wander along the old town square, visit the beautiful castles. Perhaps make a milk bar my new home, and definitely get some Pierogi in my belly.


All of the Pierogi from my trip to Krakow



What do you think of this itinerary? Have you undertaken a trip like this before? 


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  1. I can't be of too much help but I'm doing a similar itinerary in mid to late December... Berlin to Tallinn by way of Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. I do know that as of a few years ago, you couldn't travel between st Petersburg and Finland due to the ice...maybe it's less solid a bit further down?

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    1. Oh really? I'm literally working in the opposite direction to you, haha! I heard the bigger lines have ice breakers, so they should run all the time but I've asked on good ol' trip advisor ;)

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  2. I haven't traveled to any of these places, but it looks like you have some fun coming down the road! I hope you are not unemployed long, but it is a nice break to travel, EH?

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    1. Thanks, and me either. I am looking forward to the travelling and the break :)

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  3. I've been to Helsinki and Riga before. I heard the crossing is quite easy so that shouldn't be a problem. Helsinki is great and very lively, Riga was too but I was there just for some drinking with friends haha

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    1. Yeah I have heard that the bigger lines go regardless of storms and everything, so that should be.... interesting ;)

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  4. What a great way to start the year! Free from responsibility and able to explore! Sounds perfect! Can't wait to read all about it.

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    1. Thanks, I'm so looking forward to it, but first work! Haha

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  5. Sounds like a great way to spend January - I'll also be unemployed come january lol so also going to be utilizing the time off to travel. Tallin sounds amazing - can't wait to follow your journey!

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  6. Sounds like a pretty solid itinerary to me!! Would love to visit some of those lesser nations such as Latvia and Lithuania. I am hoping that we visit Liechtenstein while we are on our Eurail trip in December but there are so many of the smaller countries in Europe that look really cool. Look forward to following you on your adventures.

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    1. Yeah there are tons that people over look in exchange for the whole Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin itinerary, but the smaller countries are definitely awesome. Luxembourg is another I'd love to visit.

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  7. That sounds like an awesome itinerary. I'm really excited for you! :) Sounds like a great way to make the most of being unemployed!

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    1. Thanks! It should be fun for sure :)

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