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Hidden Secret of Helsinki: Roihuvuori Cherry Tree Park

This Japanese inspired garden, Roihuvuori Cherry Tree Park (Roihuvuoren Kirsikkapuisto), in the district of Roihuvuori must be one of the most exotic parks in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. With more than 240 cherry trees and an abundance of soft blossoms wafting a mild cherry scent it feels like walking in a pink fairytale world.I have heard and read many stories about this place but Continue reading


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Best Places to See Helsinki in Its Spring Coat

It’s been a long time coming. But it is finally here – spring! Warm weather and sunshine seem to get people on the move. Streets, parks, squares and seaside cafes become vibrant and full of life. Nature turns green and you can literally see grass growing and trees bursting into leaf in all shades of green. This weekend I discovered the following 6 places in Helsinki where you can feel some true spring vibes:

1. Roihuvuori Cherry Tree Park

This Japanese inspired space, Roihuvuori Cherry Tree Park (Kirsikkapuisto), in the district of Roihuvuori must be one of the most exotic parks in Helsinki. 240 cherry Continue reading


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Sensational Shades of Snow in Finland

Last week I shared some of my favourite snowy postcards from the white winter wonderland of Finland with you. Having spent lots of time enjoying the fresh winter outdoors and observing the snowy nature around me I have realised that our snowy winter is not only white but it is many other colours too.Wintry landscapes are so white and light, even on a cloudy day. Continue reading


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Snowy Postcards from White Winter Wonderland of Finland

Winter, snow and freezing cold temperatures – we have it all in Finland! But to be honest, this winter has been a kind of strange when it comes to weather. At least here in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Temperatures continually fluctuate above and below zero meaning that it is either too “warm” with the snow melting or it is way too freezing cold with arctic winds.Currently we do have a thin white covering of snow in Helsinki but it seems to come and go. Lots of grey misty winter days with rain. But luckily also some pretty glorious sunny days when it totally feels like a true white winter wonderland! Continue reading


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In Photos: Autumnal Colour Explosion in Helsinki

During the past few weeks mother nature has given us the best front seats to watch the playful autumnal game of changing of the foliage colours here in Helsinki.helsinki_autumnhelsinki_autumn_hakasalmenhuvila

A couple of weeks ago a strong autumn storm swept over Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and I was so afraid of loosing all colourful leaves that trees were carrying but luckily Continue reading


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Best Places to See Autumn Colours in Helsinki

Every year summer in Finland ends with an autumnal explosion of colour in nature. This special season even has a name in the local language Finnish called ‘ruska’. It is when nature changes colours and foliage turns yellow, orange, red and auburn. Air is crisp. Days are windy and cloudy with occasional sunshine, rains and storms. Nights get darker and longer. This is autumn in Finland.helsinki_autumn_töölönlahti

In Helsinki, the capital of Finland, autumn foliage has just burst into the brightest of colours during the last few days. Therefore I want to take you on an autumnal photo walk to my favourite places in Helsinki to see the best of Continue reading


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Myth of the Midnight Sun in Finland

Long days. Short nights. Sunshine all through the night. Golden glow over the landscape. Scenery bathing in warm light and pastel colours. Nocturnal activities. This is the authentic Midnight Sun in Finland – not just a myth.Finland_midnightsun_lake_07Midnight Sun. White Night. Nightless Night. Polar Day. Many names for one beautiful natural phenomenon that is caused by the tilt of the Earth’s axis in relation to its orbit around the sun resulting in long days and short nights. During peak season Continue reading