Travel: Helsinki's Islands in Winter
This time a couple of years ago I went on a short break to Helsinki. I ended up spending most of my time exploring two of Helsinki's outer islands during my trip - Suomenlinna and Seurasaari. Temperatures dipped to -12 degrees and the sea was completely frozen, but this didn't deter me from exploring.
Suomelinna is an 18th century sea fortress with a military history. I really enjoyed the ferry trip over there with the sun setting, and exploring the island without the crowds. Seurasaari is more of a summer destination and was completely empty when I visited. The only person I encountered was a lovely lady who came every day to feed the red squirrels. It's home to an open air museum filled with wooden buildings and I really enjoyed scoping out the island and discovering all the snow covered huts and structures.
I'd love to go back in the summer and see how different the atmosphere and landscape is.