I arrived in Helsinki to zero degrees. The early morning sky was overcast, but there was no wind and it was actually quite pleasant to be rugged up in my warm coat and walking around the city. I arrived at 7.00am and couldn’t get into my hotel until a bit later.
The days are growing longer and it was becoming light by the time I got to Espanadi Park in the centre of the city. Most of the snow is gone from the streets.
This lovely boat is moored beside the harbour.
I did try to go back later for lunch, but there was nobody around.
The water at Toolonlahti is still frozen. People were cycling across, dogs were out walking…cold weather doesn’t keep Finns inside.
A small group of ducks stay behind for the winter. The white duck I spotted last year is still around. They have trained people to feed them.
Tomorrow I will be in Italy where the temperature in Bagni di Lucca should be around 18 degrees, with sun…perfect.