The days are short in winter in Helsinki, but the evenings are beautiful.
There was no snow when I was in Helsinki in early January and the harbour was not frozen. I was up early as usual and I walked down to the sea to watch the sun rise.
It was a different story a year earlier when the harbour was frozen. Click here to see a sunrise in 2013.
I have been wanting to try Fishmarket for sometime, but it has been closed or full on my last few visits. I finally found it open last time I was in Helsinki, and I am glad I did as I had one of the best meals I have had in Finland.
The modern setting is very welcoming.
There is a seafood bar where you can see the fresh seafood on offer.
There is a bar at the entrance where you can enjoy a drink.
I chose the Helsinki menu.
Delicious bread and an amuse bouche of herrings arrived first.
My first course was Baltic herring with beetroot and dill.
My next course was mildly smoked salmon and crayfish dressing.
Dessert was chocolate fondant, cloudberrries and honey ice-cream.
The food is delicious, the service is friendly and efficient…I will be back.
Fishmarket is in Pohjoisesplanadi 17
Cold weather doesn’t stop Helsinki’s bottle musician.
I’m sure he was happy there was no snow. When the last photo was taken the temperature was about minus 15.
Click here to see the bottle man on a warmer day.
When I was in Helsinki in late December the whooper swan families were still swimming in the water at Toolonlahti. The young swans were beginning to grow their white feathers.
Soon they will look like their beautiful parents.
For more on these magnificent birds click here.