A quick post to advise that I have arrived in Helsinki. It was an overnight flight of about eight hours from New York on Finnair. The service was fine. The aeroplane seemed a bit old and noisy but its descent and landing here were fantastic; so smooth and quiet as though we were gliding in.
The surrounds of Helsinki as viewed from the air are very green with plenty of forest areas and trees. The airport is compact, clean, stylishly modern and ordered. It is also very quiet by international airport standards. I did not hear a single announcement through the entire arrival process.
The baggage carousels have a blue tape surrounding them about one metre out on the floor. Everyone stands behind that tape until their baggage reaches their position before they step forward to pick theirs up. Nothing like the free for all at carousels every else I have travelled.
The drive form the airport to my inner city hotel took about 30 minutes and cost 45 Euro. I noticed an extensive tram network and a variety of tram types. I'll have to be on my toes to capture snaps of them for Andrew whose website I notice has magically acquired a .fi suffix here. I'm not sure how the link will work elsewhere.
OK, I'm off to explore the city.