I absolutely LOVE Helsinki, and I am super happy to call Helsinki my home. I moved to Helsinki first time last summer, and just when I started to enjoy the city and get exited about everything amazing there is, I moved to the Netherlands. So when I moved back to Finland, it was clear to me, that Helsinki is where I want to stay for now. Because Helsinki offers so many nice things, and I don´t want to miss most of it with my crazy timetables, I decided, that in order to experience Helsinki as many ways as possible, I will do every week something new in Helsinki. And from there the idea was born: 52 weeks in Helsinki.
My original plan was to start sharing every week what is the new thing I have done, but like I told you last week, the timetable has not been very favorable for blogging. However, I think it is better to start now than never, so we are jumping to week 6 (last week) and probably I am sharing some of the things I did the weeks before, as I have been carrying my camera with me all the time lately. And what are the new things I am planning to experience in Helsinki? Well, it can a museum, bar, shop, park, event, cafe, activity or basically anything I have not experience before. I have a long list already, and it is getting longer every week, as I spot new interesting things around me.
Last week I ended up doing actually two new things; visiting Bar no. 9 (food is delicious, go there!), and walking on the frozen Baltic sea. I took the tram from my home to Arabianranta, and for few hours just walked around on the frozen sea, made some photos and enjoyed the silence. It is funny how you can be so close to the city, and same time feel so far away. The winter in Helsinki is truly amazing, as the Baltic sea is frozen in many parts, and you can take a walk on the ice. It is possible in many different parts of Helsinki, but just be careful and don´t walk on the ice if you are not 100% sure it to be safe. If you don´t see anyone else there, maybe better choose another spot.
I arrived to Arabianranta just before the sunset, and the view from the sea to the city was so beautiful. From Arabianranta you can easily walk to Lammassaari and experience the beautiful duckboards. In the winter it has its own magic, but the duckboards are my favorite in the summer time.
I hope the winter weather could stay just a little longer, and I could go again for a walk on the frozen sea. There was a lot people enjoying the sunny afternoon last week, and especially people with dogs seems to enjoy the extra walking area the sea is offering now. I even managed to play a little paparazzi when one lady was making photos of her super cute doggie. I wish I could have a dog also, but my allergies are not thinking the same sadly.
Have you been walking on the frozen sea? And do you have any Helsinki tips for me?