"friendly staff and professional service"
Reviewed 10 July 2014 by Patricia
We recently travelled between stockholm and helsinki; the trip was very enjoyable due to the staff on the boat that were professional and friendly. A great experience and one that I would recommend to others.
'Patricia' travelled Stockholm Helsinki with Tallink Silja on Silja Serenade
"A trip between Stockholm and Helsinki"
Reviewed 08 July 2014 by Anonymous
A great journey, a good system, everything is perfect, the ship has all the services.
'Anonymous' travelled Stockholm Helsinki with Viking Line on Gabriella
"Directferries is a great website for boats and cruises in Northern Europe"
Reviewed 04 July 2014 by Jian
We travelled between Stockholm and Helsinki with Viking Line on the Gabriella last week. All is satisfied: Easy booking online Easy to pick up tickets at the Viking Window, Nice cruise, clean, convenient, fun Good cabin, quiet and clean Good experience, Good buffet. Thanks, Jane, the traveler
'Jian' travelled Stockholm Helsinki with Viking Line on Gabriella
"Great quality and value for money"
Reviewed 06 June 2014 by Marc
My wife, two young girls and i travelled from Stockholm to Helsinki on the Viking line ferry. We had a hugely enjoyable cruise, from the ease of boarding, the good sized cabins, the absolutely fantastic buffet dinner and even the evening entertainment! I was also extremely impressed (and surprised) by the good pricing of the journey. Sadly, as we will be returning to Australia very soon, it is unlikely we will be using this ferry line in future. However, I am pleased to be able to provide such a positive review for others!
'Marc' travelled Stockholm Helsinki with Viking Line on Gabriella
|Kapellskar - Naantali with Finnlines - 18 Sailings Weekly / 8 hour crossing|
|Stockholm - Turku with Tallink Silja - 14 Sailings Weekly / 10 hour 30 minute crossing|
|Stockholm - Turku with Viking Line - 14 Sailings Weekly / 10 hour 35 minute crossing|
|Umea - Vaasa with Wasaline - 8 Sailings Weekly / 4 hour crossing|
The earliest mention of Stockholm in writing dates from 1252, when it was an important post in the iron trade from the mines in Bergslagen. The first part of the name — stock — means log, while the last part — holm — means islet or small island. The full origin of the name is disputed. The city is said to have been founded by Birger Jarl in order to protect Sweden from invasion from the sea by foreign navies and to stop pillage of the cities such as Sigtuna on Lake Mälaren. The first building at Stockholm was a fortification for the purpose of controlling the traffic between the Baltic Sea and Mälaren. Under the leadership of Magnus Ladulås Stockholm developed into an important trade city in the following decades, advanced through relations with Lübeck of the Hansa league. In 1270 Stockholm appears in historical documents as a city and in 1289 it was described as the most populated city in the Swedish region.
Helsinki, also called "Stadi" in local slang, is the capital of Finland. It is located in the southern part of Finland on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.
Founded in 1550 as a rival to the Hanseatic city of Tallinn by the King Gustav I of Sweden, Helsinki struggled in its infancy. The fledging settlement was plagued by poverty, wars and diseases. For a long time it remained as a small low-key coastal town, overshadowed by the more thriving trade centers in the Baltic region. Although much of the first half of the 20th century was a violent period for Helsinki, it continued to steadily develop. Modern postwar urbanization of the 1970s, which occurred relatively late in European context, tripled the population in the metropolitan area, making the Helsinki metropolitan area one of the fastest growing urban centers in the European Union in 1990s.