back to white – a winter in helsinki

I’ve lived in Helsinki for almost 8 years now, but never before spent a summer in the city. As a field biologist in Finland, you don’t have much choice – the field season is short (but sweet). This will be my first summer here, and I quite look forward to it! It’s started well with beautiful and warm weather.

I’m hoping to post pictures of what the Helsinki summer is like soon, but in the meantime, I’m remembering the beautiful winters I’ve spent here… The silence as the first snow falls, the peacefulness when everything is hidden away and covered by a cold blanket of snow. I know that many people don’t want to remember that now, when summer is finally here – but I love all seasons equally, their differences are a richness. So bear with me as we dive back into the coldest season of them all… If you don’t like the winter, try to remember how lovely today is!

Some days, winter photography is monochrome…

… but not always.

On the shortest day of the year in Helsinki the sun rises at 9.30 a.m. and sets at 3 p.m. – cloudy days make it seem like the sun doesn’t rise at all. Still, some people go out to fish on the ice and other animals take advantage of the new roads to islands that can’t be reached in the summer.

Many birds leave Finland for warmer and more productive grounds – but some stay and survive the winter.

One of my favourite places to take photos this last winter was the graveyard, where it seemed like the dead finally got to rest in peace – the graves covered in a thick blanket of white.

When the sea starts to freeze, it gives off warmth and humidity, covering the surrounding areas with a sparkling mist. Things that earlier haven’t seemed that special then take on a different look – like this tree, which I named Galathilion.

Slowly, the days start getting longer and for a short while, we have the most brilliant time of the year – when the sun rises high and the snow still hasn’t melted. It’s almost blinding, and to me, blindingly beautiful. The skiing tracks didn’t last long after this photo was taken.

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