For the third year in a row, Helsinki has had good snowfalls. This is great news for those who enjoy skiing (we have some nice tracks only a few minutes from our apartment) and who struggle with the darkness (since the snow makes everything brighter). It has, so far, also been a much sunnier winter than last year – in fact, a year ago I don’t think we had a since sunny day for three months! Fortunately this winter we’ve had a lot more sunshine and we’ve tried to make the most of the stunning days.

We were both really enjoying the sunshine!

We were both really enjoying the sunshine!

With the clear skies we’ve also had our coldest temperatures of the season – so far – 19.9°C is our record for the winter of 2012/13. But that is mild compared to temperatures elsewhere in Finland… (-35 °C in eastern Lapland; see the YLE news brief here)

Looking out from the Winter Gardens

Looking out from the Winter Gardens

The snow and ice really change the city – while I don’t like slippery pavements, it is always a treat to walk around on fresh, white snow. After the snowfall everything seems clean and everything sounds just a little quieter and gentler….

The view of Katajanokka and Halkolaituri from Kruununhaka (click for larger image).

The view of Katajanokka and Halkolaituri from Kruununhaka (click for larger image).

For more photos of Helsinki in the snow you can check out some of our previous blog entries (just search for “snow” using the white search bar on the top-left of this page) – the sound of snow still surprises me!

 

Töölö Bay (this is an interactive panorama, so click and drag to move around the photograph):

 

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