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Helsinki is a gorgeous city at any time, but in summer it really shines. We were lucky to enjoy perfect summer weather on our recent visit.

The iconic sites in Helsinki look fabulous under blue skies.

 

Toolonlahti was buzzing with life.

The white duck is still around.

Esplanadi was full of people enjoying the weather, the greenery and the flowers.

 

The harbour markets were busy and full of great things.

Thank you Helsinki for putting on a perfect summer visit.

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Ice and snow in Helsinki

There has been some cold weather in Helsinki with lots of snow. My lovely friend Jodie went for a walk along the seaside.

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

She found beautiful ice sculptures created by the snowfall and and the action of the water.

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winters in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

She also found two swans out foraging for food. I worry about their poor legs getting horribly cold paddling around in that freezing water. They must be tough to survive the winter in Helsinki.

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

I will be in Helsinki in a few weeks. I am hoping for snow.

Winters in Helsinki

Thank you Jodie for sharing gorgeous Helsinki.

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Winter days in Finland can be cold and dark with little sunshine. The Finns are excellent at finding ways to brighten up their lives. On St Lucia Day, 13th December, a young maiden who has been chosen to represent the Saint is crowned in the Cathedral and then descends the stairs to Senate Square.

Dressed in white with a crown of tall white candles she sings ancient songs to help people overcome their winter blues.

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

The entourage then parades through the streets to Market Square.

St Lucia Helsinki

Once again, thank you to our trusty reporters and photographers, Jodie and Allan for helping us to be part of this lovely tradition.

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Two young friends of mine have moved to Helsinki for a year long (possibly more) adventure.

Just after they arrived in the city at the end of October the first snow fell.

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Thank you Jodie and Allan for the great photos.

It melted soon after, but it was fun while it lasted

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It is almost summer in Helsinki and there are baby birds everywhere. The weather has been amazing and we have spent some time walking beside the sea. We have seen nesting birds and new chicks making the most of the gorgeous sunny days.

Barnacle geese and their babies.

Birds in Helsinki

One parent on the nest and the other keeping guard.

Birds in Helsinki

Birds in Helsinki

Beside the nesting seagull is a ball of fluff.

Birds in Helsinki

I have never seen a baby seagull before.

Birds in Helsinki

There were 2 slightly older ones nearby.

Birds in Helsinki

 Birds in Helsinki

A Barnacle goose had her nest in the middle of a public beach.

 Birds in Helsinki

This bird was just resting I think.

 Birds in Helsinki

Learning to swim.

Proud parents.

Helsinki birds

This couple was not bothered by people at all,  but when a dog came to close it was a different story.

Helsinki birds

Protecting their babies.

The ducks have babies too.

Helsinki birds

Helsinki birds

Asleep in the shade.

Helsinki birds

The white duck is still here.

Helsinki birds

It is great to see new life everywhere. The birds are quite comfortable near people and go about their daily lives in peace.

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The winter weather was perfect for my recent visit to Helsinki. The sky was blue, there was no wind and it was not too cold.

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When I return it will be almost summer. I will see a completely different Helsinki.

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