Travel: Helsinki's Islands in Winter
On a short trip to Helsinki a couple of years ago, 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 never one to be put off by a bit of snow and ice, I did a bit of exploring.
Suomenlinna is an 18th century sea fortress with a military history and Seurasaari is home to an open air museum of traditional Finnish buildings. Being winter, both islands were practically deserted. The only person I encountered in fact, was a lady who visits to feed raisins to the squirrels.
I'd love to go back in the summer and see how different the atmosphere and landscape is.