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The Viking XPRS’s lunch buffet was eye-catching

Blog collaboration: The trip was offered by Viking Line, Tallink | Silja Line, Eckerö Line, Visit Tallinn and Visit Estonia

The attached video tells about my trip to Tallinn, Estonia, this week. That trip was my first pr trip abroad as an independent blogger and a photographer, so I decided to celebrate this significant milestone by making the following rocking video about the trip from Helsinki to Tallinn

The trip by Viking XPRS ship started from Helsinki’s Katajanokka terminal, which is now easily accessible by tram number 5 from the stop next to the railway station in the center of Helsinki.

The Viking XPRS ship rumbles from Helsinki to Tallinn in two and a half hours, and although you can cover that length by sitting in a restaurant, your own cabin brings extra comfort to the trip, especially if there’s a lot of luggage. Or if you want to play safe with health issues during times or corona.

In terms of passenger safety regarding covid-19, the Viking XPRS ship was not crowded except when momentarily entering and leaving the ship. Disinfection points for hands were visible everywhere and passengers were reminded of safety intervals with floor stickers and announcements. In addition, many passengers wore face masks, most of them sat at a suitable distance from each other, and each buffet customer was given their own small instrument to pick up their food. The passenger felt safe and no quarantine was needed one way or the other. After all, Estonia is one of the few European countries from where one can currently travel to Finland without quarantine. The number of countries to and from which one can travel will increase slightly next Saturday, as the new rules set by the Finnish government will come into force.

Salad with apple, lingonberries, brie cheese and walnuts in Viking XPRS buffet lunch
Salad with apple, lingonberries, brie cheese and walnuts in Viking XPRS buffet lunch

The presentation of the buffet lunch on Viking XPRS was eye-catching and the beautiful rowan berries as decorations in-between the trays reminded me of the beginning of autumn. If the dose contained gluten or lactose, it was commendably clearly marked. For vegetarians, the buffet included e.g. crispy chickpea salad, apple-lingonberry-cheese salad with walnuts and potato salad with horseradish, cucumber, pickled onion and deep-fried onion. The deep-fried onion and the main portion of breaded broccoli were extremely tasty. And the seascapes by the window table just added more to the flavor.

Viking XPRS ship in Tallinn harbor
Viking XPRS ship in Tallinn harbor

The VIKING XPRS schedules in autumn 2020

Currently, M / S Viking XPRS operates between Helsinki and Tallinn on its normal schedule and departs from Helsinki daily at 10:30. In addition, the second departure is Mon-Sat at 20:30 and Sundays at 19:00. The ship departs from Tallinn to Helsinki daily at 7 am and also from Monday to Saturday at 5 pm. There are two more departures on Sundays, at 15:30 and 22:15, and all of these schedules are valid until the end of this year.

M / S Gabriella also operates between Helsinki and Tallinn, and a Harvest Festival cruise from Helsinki to Mariehamn will be organized on that ship on 18-20 September 2020, as well as a Christmas party and Christmas cruises to Åland.

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Green tea in the centre of Helsinki

Today’s video tells you about a nice café terrace right in the centre of Helsinki, Finland.

Interestingly, some 8 years ago I wrote about how much the centre of Helsinki needed café terraces instead of them beer terraces, which already were plenty.

Lasipalatsin laituri in the inner yard of Lasipalatsi  (in English Glass Palace), just there where some 30 years ago people were waiting buses at bus stops, has made a profitable compromise by selling coffee delicacies and lunches to customers from the inside café and mind-boggling from the outdoor kiosk.

I visited the Lasipalatsin laituri in the middle of the day and after the morning rain the terrace was almost empty, as you can see from the video. You can only imagine how the situation will be different on a Friday evening, right after work.

The hustle and bustle of the city comfortably disappeared somewhere far back when I sat in the courtyard of the Lasipalatsi in a complete peace, next to the foot of the Amos Rex Art Museum windowtowers and beautiful flower plantations, sipping nice green tea and enjoying a mouth-watering sweet gluten-free chocolate cake.

Btw. If you want to experience a similar refreshing peaceful café moment in the center of Helsinki, you should choose midsummer and noon.

Sitting by the ceiling windows or Amos Rex underground art museum in Lasipalatsin aukio, Helsinki centre, Finland, with a nice cup of tea, chocolate cake and warm July sunshine.

Read more: Exhibition in the neighboring Amos Rex Art museum

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Read about lasipalatsin laituri also in Finnish.