Of all seasons, spring from March to May, is certainly the most versatile season in Finland. As Finland is a long country, over 1100 km from south to north, contrasts in seasons, weather and nature are enormous. In the south spring begins a month earlier than in the north and continues for 45–65 days, being longest in the southern archipelago and coastal regions, due to the “warmness” of the sea.In Lapland, the northern parts of Finland, spring means skiing in the sun. While in Helsinki, the capital of Finland on the south coast, the weather is getting warmer, days longer, and snow and ice melting quickly. People in the south are already preparing for summer and taking walks along the seaside enjoying fresh sea air and first bright rays of spring sunshine. Birds start singing. Parks and gardens are filled with fresh flowers and green grass.Spring in Finland is characterised by light winds, clear skies and sunshine during the daytime, with a bit of rainfall. On a clear night temperatures can still fall below zero, but on a sunny day temperatures rise rapidly – even up to 20 degrees Celsius in the south.There is something very special about the gradually increasing amount of light and warmth of early spring days in March. This is when snow melts and ice that has covered the sea cracks and leaves in huge blocks. Rivers start running and migratory birds arriving, you can hear birds twittering everywhere.As soon as the first sunny days arrive, people crawl out of their winter nests and feel alive again. This is when everyone heads outdoors to enjoy sunshine to the fullest. I have to say that it feels absolutely magical to see the sun and feel the mild warmth after a long, cold and dark winter. Not even all snow and ice gone yet but people are more than eager to take out their convertibles, bicycles, even canoes and jetskis.Spring is a wonderful time to wander in the nature and enjoy seeing pristine forests and fields waking from winter slumber. Hiking in the outdoors is a popular activity this time of year as the air is fresh and temperatures moderate.In April days get longer and nature starts to wake up, it gets greener and greener every day and first flowers pop up. In April lakes usually become ice-free in southern Finland, in May in central Finland and in June in Lapland. The water is still cold, but fearless people already take a quick dip after the sauna.In May summer is just around the corner and all plants and trees grow incredibly fast so you can basically see as the grass grows and trees burst into leaf in all shades of green. Wildflowers in white, yellow and blue are everywhere. So beautiful.Now that we are in early May, we are currently experiencing the most beautiful spring weather ever: in Helsinki skies are blue with plenty of sunshine and temperatures already up around 20 degrees Celsius. Nature is green and cherry trees in full pink bloom. People are on the move enjoying sunny days at outdoor cafes, restaurants and terraces. Parks are filled with picnickers basking in the sun. I reckon this means that summer is truly here!
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