My family and I have been in Helsinki for 10 days waiting on our new Russian visas to come in. We picked them up today but they don't begin for another week, but we are free to travel again now that we have our passports back. We're planning on taking the train to St. Petersburg and flying to our home in Russia from there.
My question is, would it be worth it to take the train just halfway and get off and spend the night somewhere to see anything? Can we go to Vyborg without valid visas yet, or would we have to book a special cruise to do that? Is there anything to see in Vainikkala or Kouvola that would be worth our stopping there? We have three small children (5, 3, 1), so we might decide that the easiest thing to do is to just take the train from Helsinki to St. Pete and not worry about it, but if there's something really great worth seeing that's right on the way, I'd love to know about it and make an informed decision!
Thanks for your help!