What is the weather like in Helsinki?

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What is the weather like in Helsinki?

It is a question commonly asked by travellers to Helsinki. As we are located at the very North of Europe, many tend to think that Finland is that cold place constantly covered with snow and ice. In this blog post I will try to explain what you can realistically expect when travelling to Helsinki.

It is generally considered that the Helsinki climate is a combination of maritime and continental climate types. Our proximity to the Arctic as well as to the gulf Stream creates the conditions that make four seasons in Helsinki very distinctive.

So let’s start with the winter.  If you ask, ‘When does the winter start?’, it is difficult to give a definite answer. It often depends on the year, but generally winter comes to Helsinki as early as the beginning of November or as late as December. The temperatures then usually fluctuate between 0 °C and -25 °C.  January is considered to be the coldest month – with an average low temperature of -9 and an average high of -1 °C. The end of January is considered to be the coldest time of the year, with the temperature often dropping below -20 °C. So be prepared!  On December the 21st you can also experience the shortest day of the year – only 5 hours 49 minutes of day light.

On the contrary the summer months are generally very warm and sunny. July is the hottest month here with the temperatures reaching above +20 °C. However, even when coming to Helsinki in the summer, don’t forget to take some warmer clothing with you. Some years the temperatures in July can be as low as +8 °C or +10 °C.  July is also a great time to come because of the widely celebrated in Finland Juhannus or Summer solstice. It is a tradition of celebrating Midsummer dating back to the pagan times in Finland. You can also experience pretty much endless day light in Helsinki in July, otherwise known as the white night.

Regardless of the weather, there are always plenty of things to do in Helsinki!

Enjoy your stay!

Helsinki Guru ^^

Sibelius Monument

One of the must visit places in Helsinki

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Sibelius Monument or Passio Musicae is a stunning timeless composition that was opened on the 7th of December 1967. It was erected to commemorate the great achievements of the most loved Finnish composer- Jean Sibelius.

The monument was designed by a talented Finnish sculptress named Eila Hiltunen. Her project was the winning entry for the Sibelius monument competition organised by the Sibelius Society. Being an abstract artist, Hiltunen created the most original entry for the competition – a monument made of welded steel tubing standing on four legs. For the post war Finland, such a radical abstract design was a matter of a big divide and debates in the society. Finnish art experts of that time appreciated Hiltunen’s out-of-the-box thinking and bravery, whilst conservative critics felt the project was sacrilegious. At that time, some people found that this abstract work was executed in a too new technique, and was made of rather new materials. They also thought it was too much to comprehend.

 

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Today however, the Sibelius monument has become a symbol of Helsinki and perhaps even of the whole country.  It is one of the main tourist attractions in the city and something every person coming to Helsinki for the first time has on their to-do list.

The monument is conveniently located in the Töölö area which can be easily reached from the city centre. You can take bus number 24, or alternatively tram 4 or 10. These will take you to the place in about 20 minutes. Otherwise, you can take a relaxing 35 minute walk through some cosy and out-of-the way streets of Helsinki.

The monument is located in Sibelius park (Sibeliuksen puisto) which incidentally is a perfect place for enjoying beautiful Finnish nature and having some peaceful time like we do in Finland. If you get a bit cold or peckish, you can pop to the cosiest cafe in the area called Regatta. There you will find a great selection of coffees, locally made herbal teas, delicious pies and all sorts of traditional Finnish snacks. Regatta is also a great place to see real local Finns sitting on the reindeer rugs whilst enjoying barbecue sausages. Be ready to share a table with a friendly local as this place is popular!

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Whilst you are already in a famous Töölö district, nearby is a famous Rock Church– one of the  main tourist attractions in Helsinki!

Enjoy your exploring!

Helsinki Guru ^^