Our Nordic adventure begins in Finland, a beautiful
country with a turbulent history. Originally claimed by
Sweden, by the late 12th century it was an integral part
of the country and remained under Swedish rule until
the Finnish war with Russia in 1808. Russia won that
war and Finland was incorporated into the Russian
Empire. It wasn’t until 1917, following the Russian
Revolution, that Finland declared itself independent.
Helsinki was founded as a trading town by the
Swedish, then chosen by the Russians to be the
capital of Finland. The city shows signs of this
mixed parentage. First We check in to Hotel Kämp,
our residence for two nights. The elegant hotel
has been a Helsinki institution since 1887 and has
hosted numerous dignitaries since. This evening,
we dine in one of its fine restaurants.