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.
Helsinki Cathedral through a window…
Mia and her daddy in front of the Helsinki Cathedral.
Helsinki Orthodox Church.
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?
Relaxing at Starbucks!
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 her crazy stuffed fish! I wonder if people thought she really caught a big fish!
Doggy footprints in the snow!
Mia woke up to this beautiful snow on her birthday after we thought all the snow was gone for the year!
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.
One of my favorite artists now (Tove Jansson) – a lovely Moomin display at Iittala!
Me with the Moomin mugs at the Iittala factory in Arabia!
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!