Helsinki Journals

Wintry Days in Helsinki

A January 2005 trip to Helsinki by seethesun

Kauppatori (Market Square) Photo, Helsinki, Finland More Photos
Quote: Helsinki is one of those places where the appreciation comes AFTER you leave. It may not be the top choice on most people's travel list, but for those who care to stop by and discover its quiet charms, Helsinki leaves the visitor with lifelong impressions.

Wintry Days in Helsinki

Overview

Helsinki  Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki is not the usual tourist destination anyone would have as their top choice, especially not in winter. Blame it on her more high-profile neighbours like Stockholm and St Petersburg or blame it on her punishing weather. I spent the coldest 6 months of my life in Helsinki, Finland as an exchange student. Coming from Malaysia which has an average temperature of 33c, winter in Helsinki was no joke. It can dip as low as -20c although the average winter day hovers around -5c. The wind factor definitely did not help. Winter in Finland can be quite depressing as there is hardly any sunlight, especially in January. Skies remain grey throughout the day and by 4pm, it is already pitch...Read More

Temppeliaukio Church

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Attraction

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The ‘Church in the Rock’, designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, was consecrated in 1969. The church is built into solid rock, with the inner wall left raw and unfinished, and is crowned with a solid copper dome. The wall surrounding the church is made from rock quarried on the site. It is definitely one of the most recognized and photographed sites in Helsinki. As poor students, we relied on the weekly English service every Sunday at 3pm. Though I’m not a Christian, I followed my friends to church just to listen to the soothing words of the father and to meet other foreigners staying in Helsinki. There is a very small community of Asian foreigners working and staying in Helsinki, an...Read More

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Temppeliaukio Church
Lutherinkatu 3
Helsinki, Finland 00100
+358 9 494 698

Suomenlinna

Attraction

Suomenlinna Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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A short 20-minute ferry ride from Helsinki’s Market Square brings you to one of UNESCO’s most charming World Heritage sites in this part of the world. It is a very popular picnic spot for locals in summer, where crowds of merry-making Finns come with their picnic baskets. There are English-speaking guided tours around the island, which needs to be arranged at some local travel agents, but it is not necessary to follow one. Take your time to explore the fortresses and monuments. The island is chilly and windier than the mainland, so if you’re visiting in the winter, wear warmer clothing, and bring along a thermos flask of hot coffee.

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Suomenlinna
Suomenlinna (sea Fortress)
Helsinki, Finland

Kauppatori (Market Square)

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Attraction

Kauppatori (Market Square) Photo, Helsinki, Finland
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A colourful respite during the grey chilly mornings of winter, Kauppatori is a lively market that sells more fish than anywhere else in Helsinki! Located at the edge of the city and with a beautiful view of the harbour, do check out the Market Square very early in the morning, as it gets crowded by 10am. Though it’s more well known for its huge variety of fresh fish, tourists looking for a one-stop centre for souvenirs will find that there's abundant Finnish crafts, wooden wares, and map-of-Finland fridge magnets with thermometers for sale here. About 100m from this lively and colourful market is the lonesome figure of Havis Amanda. A symbol that embodies Helsinki’s status as the "Daughter of ...Read More

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Kauppatori (Market Square)
Etelasatama
Helsinki, Finland 00130

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It was a very cold, clear night in February, and we were on our way back from dinner at our friend's in Lohja when our friend's husband stopped the car in the middle of the highway and rushed us out. No sooner had we stepped out than a huge greenish glow peeped from between the fir trees lining the expressway. Slowly, it brightened to a huge wave of green, blue, and purple, swaying from left to right, very much like God had picked up a can of colour spray and was having fun on the graffiti wall. We stood there, mesmerized. In a few minutes, it was all over, but the chance to see the “Northern Lights” was definitely a miracle.

About the Writer

seethesun

seethesun
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia