The winter that Helsinki treated us to last winter was….well, less than what you would expect from Finland.
Generally, our expectations in regards to moving to such a northern country -you know, that borders Russia and Sweden AND Norway all north of the arctic circle- was that we were in for one hell of a winter.
And on the 3-ish occasions that is did snow, it demonstrated that it had that potential.
However, as has been the trend for a few years-and Helsinki being a coastal city- every time moisture finally came in, it came with a warm front and heavy clouds that would settle over the city and proceed to mist an irritating cold rain that seemed to come from all directions. As one friend put it, it felt like someone was following you around with a spray bottle and continuously spritzing you.
That is actually a very accurate description.
Good news is that we are experiencing a beautiful white winter currently. (Of course, as I type this, it is raining sideways outside- our first above-freezing temps in the last month).
After a disappointing start around the holidays, Helsinki dropped to some ridiculously cold temperatures at the first of the year, which were followed by heavy snow, off and on for the last 2 weeks. Big, fat, fluffy flakes. Buried cars, solid white streets, frozen bays and frosted trees.
So, now, of course, I am singing Christmas carols in my head, as they finally seem appropriate.
On a gorgeous sunny run yesterday- my first run for a while, as I stayed mostly indoors when the temps were closing in on -30C – I couldn’t help but take some photos of the beautiful landscapes. There are also some shots from strolls around the city and our morning drinking mimosas on a snowy hilltop in our neighborhood. All for your viewing pleasure! Click on the images to see larger.
Stay safe and warm, dear followers! It is nearly February! Then we can start pretending spring might be around the corner (ha.)