travel photography Helsinki finland

Suomenlinna, Helsinki

While we were in Helsinki earlier this year we took an afternoon and visited Suomenlinna, a small group of islands just off the coast of Helsinki that are well positioned to defend the city and had been used throughout the centuries as a military  outpost and first line of defence against enemies. Nowadays no-body is fighting so Suomenlinna has become a popular day-trip destination for leisurely outdoor activities like picnics and (for the brave) icy dips in the sea.

travel photography Helsinki finland

Helsinki, Finland

Stepping off the plane in Helsinki my first impression was that it was cold… in spite of the fact that it was a sunny spring day and (according to the Finns) it was warmer than it had been for months , it made me realise how much I take the warmth of southern Europe for granted. Second impression was that it is very clean, modern and full of bicycles. Helsinki is the land of great design, Marimekko and the Moomins… all of which shows in the culture and community. People here are generally quite stylish (something that my friend Nani thought ridiculous,…