Breaking the Ice, Finland

Tammisaari, Finland 2004

I went to Tammisaari in early winter. As the plane descended to land at Vanta, I heard the stewardess say,”Oh no, it’s snowing- again!”. And she was right.

A nice thing about Finland, is that most things still work in the snow – if you are from the U.K., you know what I am thinking here.

One of the things I like about snow, is how quiet it makes things. With this picture, I was hoping it captured the stillness of the scene. Silence.

But perhaps not quite silence, because on other occasions, I saw brave Finns jumping/gingerly lowering themselves into the water (where the ice has been broken). I know someone will say it is really “refreshing” – but not for me!

Published by James

Middle-aged white bloke. Wanders around with a camera (sometimes just his phone) taking pictures. Some he likes, most he doesn’t. Likes animals. Likes the seaside, not so sure he likes the sea.

5 thoughts on “Breaking the Ice, Finland

  1. Hello.

    It is quite rare that, when in winter, you did not visit the north, I mean Lapland. There snow and ice. Walking on a frozen sea or lake is always experience. Gorgeous snow and ice carvings can be seen in many towns. Reindeers rides or even best reindeer contest could be possible. Anyway, I am glad that you visited Finland. Thank you.

    Happy and safe travels.

    1. Thinking back, I think it was a matter of time and money. I am intrigued by the idea of reindeer contests. What makes a good reindeer? I did walk on the sea at the time. There were car tyre tracks so I assumed it was safe.
      Thank you for your thoughts,
      J

  2. You often don’t hear of someone visiting Tammisaari in winter! It’s quite the summer town. Saying that, I’m sure it has it’s own charm even in winter. I don’t mind going in the cold water, if I have a sauna to warm me up. But all the “winter swimming” places near my home only have a heated changing room. Not enough for me!

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