Oodi – Helsinki’s Central Library

Helsinki Central Library Oodi Oodi is a recently opened library in Helsinki’s centre. It was designed by ALA Architects and commissioned in connection with Finlands centenary of independence in 2017. The huge wooden structure dominates the area in which it is located. Oodi is an excellent example of modern architecture, filled with workspaces, books andContinue reading “Oodi – Helsinki’s Central Library”

A winter’s Day in Tallinn’s Old Town

Over the years I have visited Tallinn many times thanks to it being only a short ferry ride from Helsinki. Each time visiting new places and getting to know the city that little bit more. Whatever my plans they always include a trip to its Old Town. Tallinn’s Old Town refers to its medieval regionContinue reading “A winter’s Day in Tallinn’s Old Town”

Boredom Births Creativity

What do you get when you take a bored Finnish man struggling to survive winter and give him a chainsaw? An Ice Carousel What is that I hear you call, well let me tell you. First you need a frozen lake, many places don’t have those but Finland has them in abundance this time ofContinue reading “Boredom Births Creativity”

Olhava, Repovesi National Park

I have now hiked in Repovesi National Park in autumn and winter with both trips being equally interesting in their different ways. One of the places I visited during both trips was Olhava, a huge rock cliff that is a popular spot for climbing, but also a great place for photographs. During the autumn IContinue reading “Olhava, Repovesi National Park”

Repovesi National Park in Winter

Among my many aims during the winter months was to spend a night camping. I had been camping many times but in the U.K temperatures generally stay above zero and the chances of snow is almost none. To winter camp in Finland would be an interesting experience and, more importantly, a test of what IContinue reading “Repovesi National Park in Winter”

LUX Festival

I am now back in Finland after a great trip to England. It was a cold weekend in Helsinki. The -21 degrees kept many people inside during the LUX Festival, which was good from a photographic point of view. Once the weather warmed up the crowds came out and it was a little more difficult toContinue reading “LUX Festival”

Morning Frost

Coming to England for the Holidays, it was great to see those frosty mornings. December was a fairly warm month in Helsinki where I saw very little cold weather. Apart from an early snow in November it has often been well over zero degrees, I am sure it will be very different when I returnContinue reading “Morning Frost”

Two Views – Autumn VS Winter

Last week this view in Helsinki was full of colour, ruska was here and the city looked beautiful. Yesterday saw the first snow and that means only one thing, winter is on the way.  We don’t know for how long it will last but there is one certainty, more snow will come and the lakeContinue reading “Two Views – Autumn VS Winter”

Sculptures of Helsinki #6

Lifting Power was unveiled in 1962 to commemorate 50 years of the Cable Factory, the statue is 4 meters high including the stone pedestal. Enjoy Lifting Power during winter and summer, notice the addition of the tie around his neck. You can find almost 500 outdoor sculptures, pieces of environmental art and historical monuments in HelsinkiContinue reading “Sculptures of Helsinki #6”