I had some time to kill in the morning, so I walked around to the Olympic Stadium. It was the primary stadium for the 1952 Olympics, and although still in use today, it was looking its age… Apparently it’s closing down before the end of the year for refurbishment, not opening again until 2019 so it’s lucky I stopped by! The main attraction is the 72m high tower on the side which, for a small fee, you can go up. I arrived to find the place empty apart from one old chap stood at the desk looking confused. After a minute or two he showed me a “gift ticket” he’d got, and explained that his friend couldn’t come so did I want to use the spare ticket. OK, fair enough. Still no one showed up, so we both went to the elevator and went up. Turned out he was about 80 years old, had lived there his whole life, but had never visited before.

Anyway, a picture from the top (I had to stitch several pictures together to fit it all in)

Helsinki Olympic Stadium from the top of the tower

Helsinki Olympic Stadium from the top of the tower

And looking up the tower from ground level:

Tower at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium

0mm, f/0, 1/800 sec, ISO100
Tower at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium

From here I walked back through the park towards the city centre, and kept going back to Cafe Ursula on the waterfront for some lunch. On the way I walked past the old observatory (not the single one from the first day, but the main one in a different park)

Observatory in Helsinki

24mm, f/9, 1/60 sec, ISO100
Observatory in Helsinki

It’s possible to visit, but only in the afternoon. Mornings are reserved for school parties.

I then walked back towards the hotel to retrieve my case and head to the airport. On the way I passed the trams again, and found more of those tortoises!

Just another turtle in Helsinki

155mm, f/5, 1/160 sec, ISO125
Just another turtle in Helsinki

More Turtles...

200mm, f/5, 1/160 sec, ISO1000
More Turtles…

Helsinki Tram

200mm, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO125
Helsinki Tram

The flight home rounded things off nicely with a decent sunset on display as we flew over the Finnish lakes.

Departing Helsinki at sunset

33mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO200
Departing Helsinki at sunset


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