Turku archipelago: hire a bike and explore

Nauvo, an island commune in the Finnish Archipelago Saaristomeri.

Naantali: it's not called the sunshine town for nothing

Naantali: it's not called the sunshine town for nothing

Långholmen hotel/hostel, Stockholm: get banged up for the night in this former prison

A hotel that started life as…a Swedish Prison Långholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

Kvarnen, Stockholm: I recommend herring three ways with schnapps followed by a drink and a dance in the bar at the back

Legendary restaurant, bar, and waterhole with a century’s history, in the old blue-collar district of Södermalm. Enjoy well-made, classic Swedish.

Kvarnen, Stockholm: I recommend herring three ways with schnapps followed by a drink and a dance in the bar at the back

Legendary restaurant, bar, and waterhole with a century’s history, in the old blue-collar district of Södermalm. Enjoy well-made, classic Swedish.

Moominworld: to be honest, there's not a great deal to see and it's really aimed at very young kids. But this didn't stop us going twice and there's lots of good merch in the shop.

Moominworld: to be honest, there's not a great deal to see and it's really aimed at very young kids. But this didn't stop us going twice and there's lots of good merch in the shop.

Cafe String, Stockholm: good sandwiches, bit studenty but that never hurt anyone.

Though I got muddled w language barriers, I liked the place and my toasted sandwich.

Bellevue restaurant, Helsinki: bit pricy but pretty fancy. Especially the tea.

Bellevue restaurant, Helsinki: Fancy & expensive but worth it No 1 for starters is the Zakuska plate

The Viking Line: book a table for the two-hour sitting at the all you can eat seafood buffet. Wine and beer on tap. A good way to visit Stockholm and Helsinkin in one mini break. Or you could take it to Turku and bike round the archipelago

The Viking Line: book a table for the two-hour sitting at the all you can eat seafood buffet. Wine and beer on tap. A good way to visit Stockholm and Helsinkin in one mini break. Or you could take it to Turku and bike round the archipelago

Rosendal's Garden, Stockholm: it's a garden centre, but not as you know it. Worth seeking out.

Rosendal's Garden, Stockholm: it's a garden centre, but not as you know it. Worth seeking out.

Snotty, Stockholm: a Britpop hideaway. Ah, Britop.

Snotty, Stockholm: a Britpop hideaway. Ah, Britop.

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