As the weather has stayed pretty constantly below zero the land is all frozen up and the sea around Helsinki is nicely frozen as well.
The only open spots of water like this are full of birds and life.
The sun does not visit the sky for long and reaches its low zenith (this pic taken around noon) only to sink back down. It stays quite bright for a bit longer as the sea and the snow now reflect the light.
Old villas serve as either living quarters for the wealthy or as museums or restaurants.
This Café was closed for the day and I continued towards the sea. A small cup of tea or hot chocolate would have been nice to warm me up but alas it was not meant to be.
Summer cottage beside a national museum area.
To the south Lauttasaari and the frozen sea in between and beyond it. Skiers, walkers, dogs, all were merrily moving around and enjoying the outdoors life.
The large hospital is renovated and stands as a huge boxy landmark in Meilahti.
A chance encounter with a rather nice little dog and its owners left me with a couple of fun dog pictures. The coat is necessary with the temperature hovering near -25 centigrade.
Olympic rowing was done pretty much under my feet in the summer games of 1952.
This boat however won’t be going anywhere for a while, being frozen into the sea.
One of the nicest small cafes you can visit in Helsinki is located nearby. Exceptionally good buns and a lovely atmosphere await the visitor.
Cafe Regatta is very small inside but refreshments can be enjoyed outside as well. There is also a possibility to grill sausages Finnish style in the fire outside.
Traditional sleigh for kids and adults alike.