Helsinki winter

I seem to be a really lazy blogger always when I’m back in my hometown Helsinki. Having lived in this town for over 30 years, very few things feel exotic enough to write about.

This does in no way mean that I find Helsinki uninteresting. There are many things about this town I really long for when I’m abroad. Today I took my bicycle and camera (no, usually I don’t cycle in January, but we have this thing called global warming going on) and  went to take some pictures of places I like.

Icebreakers in Katajanokka harbour

This really warm January I’m out on my bike and the icebreakers lay idle dreaming of how winters were before

Uspenski cathedral

The Uspenski Cathedral (1868) is the largest Eastern Orthodox church in Western Europe. The gold plating on the towers were recently renewed, using 0.5 kg of gold

Viking ferry and NJK

The Viking Line ferry Gabriella (Helsinki-Stockholm route) and the wooden club house and restaurant of NJK (Nyländska Jaktklubben) yacht club


The Viapori (Sveaborg) fortress island was built in the 18th century by the Swedes. Nowadays it is one of the main attractions in Helsinki and home for a few hundred inhabitants. A ferry service runs to the island from Kauppatori

Sunset over Harakka

Sun sets over Harakka island. Helsinki is a real sea city, situated on a peninsula with 80 km of sea to the other side of Gulf of Finland and Tallinn

Helsinki Shipyard

Many of the cruise ships sailing the world have been built in Finnish shipyards. The Helsinki shipyard has become too small for building the cruise ships of today (they are built in Turku instead), but I’m glad that there still is work for the smaller yard in Helsinki, now building a fast ferry for Viking Line

Bronze age grave in Helsinki

One of my favourite, but not that known, places is the Bronze age grave in Meilahti. Someone was here 2500 years before the city was founded (which was in the 16th century)

View to the north from Linnunlaulu bridge

The northbound main rail track photographed from Linnunlaulu bridge

Kallio Church

I happen to live next to one of the bigger examples of national romanticism in Finland, the Kallio Church (1912). The tower is a real landmark


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