The ferry was cozy to say the least. (Note to all who are reading and live in very small spaces: talk to a ship designer to figure out how to fit a four-person bedroom and bathroom into 20 sq.ft.) Though our room was small, the ship was actually pretty huge. 8 decks maybe, two levels of parking for cars, trucks and semi-trailers, something like 7 restaurants, 4 bars, a night-club, spa, shopping center, casino, arcade, and more. It was really just too vast to fully explore!... I honestly spent most of my time outside overlooking the water. After spending the night in a relatively comfortable fold-down bed listening to the perpetual hum of elevators go up and down, we arrived in Helsinki a total of 18 hours later.
Morning came way too soon, but we suffered through it. Breakfast at the hotel was excellent though. The rest of the day was filled with lots of walking. Seeing all the bike lanes made me really want a bike (again).
Helsinki is of course a port city and it's pretty picturesque down by the water. The old state buildings are pretty ornate and western looking as you would expect. The rest of the buildings such as apartment buildings, shops, etc were largely build in the same 20-year span right around the turn of the 20th century so they all look similar. Kinda bland, but functional. Helsinki really likes muted pastel colors apparently.
My overall impression of Helsinki is that it's very livable and has kind of a small town feel even though it's capitol city. It might not be the absolutely most beautiful place you've ever seen, but if you're into design at all, certainly not a place to be ignored.
Enjoy the pics! There's no particular order.