I ♥ Scandinavia

I left a piece of my heart in Scandinavia. Why?

I’ll try to explain by telling you about the 8 wonderful months I spent in Helsinki surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, unique sensations and deep emotions … even if I already know that this won’t be enough.

 

Helsinki - Finland flag - Baltic Sea

Helsinki - Finland flag - Baltic Sea

 

The breathtaking landscapes of Helsinki

If I close my eyes and I think about Helsinki the first thing that comes to mind is the fresh air, sometimes almost frozen, that I felt as I walked through the park on my way to the University.

I was completely surrounded by snow and the whole place was full of magic like the setting of a fairy tale. The snow was everywhere: on the trees, in the street, on the roofs of the houses and I couldn’t see any color but white.

Sometimes while I was walking alone I turned off my iPod to catch all the silence and all the peace that this scenery inspired in me.

 

Helsinki - Snow

Helsinki - Snow

Helsinki - Frozen sea

Helsinki - Frozen sea

 

Walking on the frozen sea was an experience that I’ll hardly forget and the Northen Lights in Lapland were a vision that is almost impossible to describe.

Snow and cold are not the only things that represent Finland; the colors of the spring and the fall are bright and vivid. Everything is so green and full of life.

 

Helsinki - Northern Lights

Helsinki - Northern Lights

 

The sky seems to be really close and you have the feeling that you can almost touch it.  The clouds are huge and they move rapidly in the big blue Scandinavian sky.

The colors of the sunset turn from red to orange and at the end they become violet and everything seems to be full of magic.

Violet sunset on the Artic Ocean

Violet sunset on the Artic Ocean

 

The city of Helsinki

Helsinki is not only an astonishing landscape. Finnish people are really nice and kind, even if they are a bit shy in the beginning, but you can be sure that they will help you if they see you need it.

It’s a friendly city full of art and culture and for that reason it was selected as World Design Capital of 2012.

There are a lots of Cafes in which you can warm up a bit in the middle of the winter. At Kauppatori, the market near the harbor, you can find delicious salmon, berries and wild fruit and little stands selling typical Finnish products.

The Christmas period in Helsinki starts with the Santa Claus parade and in Lapland you can breath and feel the magic of the Christmas time at Santa Claus Village. You can also see reindeer at the Reindeer Farm and take a tour with sweet husky dogs in the valleys covered by snow.

 

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki's Cathedral

 

This my Helsinki. Places, experience, feelings, people, culture and daily life in a wonderful country that has made itself at home in my heart and will never leave.

Kiitos Finland.

 

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