To cross the Baltic Sea (Östersjön in Swedish) we treated my aunt and cousin for three roll-on/roll-off cruiseferry rides (roro):
- Stockholm-Turku. Viking Line, Amorella.
We left early evening then arrived in the wee hours of the morning. We stayed overnight and shared a cabin. We ate supper at home, so we skipped the restaurant. There was entertainment program in the ship, but we just enjoyed ourselves in the duty-free shop. Duty-free shopping on the ship isn’t really so cheap, if you ask me. Liquor is cheap, but other things are just as expensive as when you buy them in normal stores.
Cousin bought a lot of Finnish chocolate bars, Fatzer.
Tuwa and I shared the bed. For the last two years, only she and her dad went to Finland, so they had the room all to themselves. Now the girl who has grown big would have to share the narrow bed with me. It felt warm, but we managed by not using the blanket. It worked.
We arrived, saw Moomin land, then headed to my mother-in-law’s summer place in Västanfjärd. Stayed there four days. Then we drove to Helsinki, Finland for the ferry.
Viking Line has been around since 1959.
Price: 1500 crowns with cabin.
- Helsinki-Tallinn. From Helsinki we crossed the Gulf of Finland to get to Tallinn. Viking Line, Express
The ride took just around three hours. But we booked a cabin anyway, it felt more comfortable. I told them that years ago, before Tuwa was born and while I was still a student in Stockholm, I didn’t have the means to take a cabin, so I just slept on the floor under the stairs or the restaurant floor (since the chairs and soffas all around the ship were already taken). That was the first and the last time it happened. I used to be a really thrifty person.
As usual, aunt and cousin were scouring the shops, hunting treasures. Aunt bought some Italian luxury purses. The saleslady at the store kept calling her “madam”.
I just bought some secrets. Victoria’s.
We took a coffee break (fika) and bought cofee, but brought our own snacks to munch.
From Tallinn we drove on to Latvia, stayed there for several days before driving back to Talinn, where we also stayed some days.
Price: 1200 crowns with the cabin.
- Tallinn-Stockholm. Tallink Romantika.
Another overnight ride. This is our first Romantika trip. So we curiously took a look at the play area, lounges, and ate at a grill restaurant. I liked the food I ordered – grilled salmon with the super yummy fried cauliflower. I will do that cauliflower, too, at home.
There was a dance show for kids, but Tuwa felt rather shy to dance, so we left aunt and Wawi to enjoy the show while we moved back to the play area.
Later, we were able to see the last part of the bubble show.
One thing I will remember from this trip is the color of the sea and sky. They had exactly the same hue, they looked as though they merged into one. The blue hues remind me of the paintings of Skagen, Denmark.
Tuwa and I were supposed to share the bed, but since we had been walking so much the past few days, my back ached. I decided to sleep on the floor using the comforter. It was actually quite comfortable. Aunt woke up early morning to sit on the deck and wanted me to take her bed, but I stayed where I was.
Tallink can be traced back to year 1965.
Price: 2500 crowns with cabin.
Check video above for lots of pics!