Winter in Helsinki & Aurora hunting in Lapland tonight

All the snow has melted here in Helsinki, and it is finally starting to really look like spring after a little tease we had a few weeks ago.  Mia was lucky to wake up on her birthday to a beautiful fresh snowfall, which I am hoping was the last one for the season.  I am way behind again on a blog post, but I have plenty of photos to share from around beautiful Helsinki during the winter as well as a few shots from a few places we have visited in the area.  I am very happy to say that we managed to survive the darkness and a winter in Finland. We brought Florida with us and were very lucky as we heard this was the mildest winter in Finland in the last 20 some years!

My family and I are flying up to North Finland (Lapland) this evening for one last shot to see the northern lights.  We are also signed up for skiing lessons as we have all never been snow skiing before.  We only have about two months left here in Finland (yes, we are on the move again… this time to some place warmer)!  I will post photos next week from our adventure this weekend and hopefully some aurora shots will be included. I am better prepared this time and have a tripod packed and ready to go… Aurora hunting here we come!!

 

Mia in front of the beautiful Helsinki Cathedral.

Mia in front of the beautiful Helsinki Cathedral.

 

Helsinki Cathedral through a window...

Helsinki Cathedral through a window…

 

Mia and her daddy in front of the Helsinki Cathedral.

Mia and her daddy in front of the Helsinki Cathedral.

 

Helsinki Orthodox Church.

Helsinki Orthodox Church.

 

I spotted this guy ice fishing while on a ride on the metro.

I spotted this guy ice fishing while on a ride on the metro.

 

Mia having fun one day on the metro.  Hmmm... I wonder where everyone was that day?

Mia having fun one day on the metro. Hmmm… I wonder where everyone was that day?

 

Relaxing at Starbucks!

Relaxing at Starbucks!

 

Birds camping out on the frozen sea!

Birds camping out on the frozen sea!

 

Mia and I on the bridge we cross often... with the frozen sea in the background!

Mia and I on the bridge we cross often… with the frozen sea in the background!

 

Mia and her crazy stuffed fish!  I wonder if people thought she really caught a big fish!

Mia and her crazy stuffed fish! I wonder if people thought she really caught a big fish!

 

Doggy footprints in the snow!

Doggy footprints in the snow!

 

Mia's woke up to this beautiful snow on her birthday after we thought all the snow was gone for the year!

Mia woke up to this beautiful snow on her birthday after we thought all the snow was gone for the year!

 

Birthday snowball!

Birthday snowball!

 

We enjoyed viewing an art show close to our apartment one Sunday afternoon (Kaapeli).

We enjoyed viewing an art show close to our apartment one Sunday afternoon (Kaapeli).

 

I enjoyed visiting the Iittala factory with some of the other moms from Mia's school.

I enjoyed visiting the Iittala factory with some of the other moms from Mia’s school.

 

One of my favorite artists now (Tove Jansson) - a lovely Moomin display at Iittala!

One of my favorite artists now (Tove Jansson) – a lovely Moomin display at Iittala!

 

Me with the Moomin mugs!

Me with the Moomin mugs at the Iittala factory in Arabia!

 

This is our porch covered in snow after a crazy storm one night!

This is our porch covered in snow after a crazy storm one night!

 

Reindeer anyone?  It was surprisingly delicious! It's a popular dish here in Finland!

Reindeer anyone? It was surprisingly delicious! It’s a popular dish here in Finland!

 

 

4 thoughts on “Winter in Helsinki & Aurora hunting in Lapland tonight

  1. Reindeer sausage is a popular dish in Alaska. Since I find most deer too ‘gamey’ I was surprised to find that I really like it and ate a lot of it while visiting my brother in Anchorage. Your photo looks delicious.

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    • Hi Kim,
      Yes, I thought it would be too ‘gamey’ as well, but it was much more tender than I thought it would be. I haven’t tried the reindeer sausage here yet, but I will probably try it sometime soon. I haven’t had the chance to explore any of Alaska (only landed in the airport when I was a kid), but I’m guessing it is pretty similar to Finland. I need to add it to the bucket list. Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Christine

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