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Photo Friday: Helsinki, Finland

Before getting mowed down by a cab, I did have a few short hours to soak in Helsinki—quite literally. It didn’t stop pouring the entire time I was there.

I did thank my lucky stars, for once, I decided to throw my rain jacket in my carry-on last minute.

But jacket or not, the wet and cold (40 degrees in JUNE) still didn’t make for the most pleasant day of seeing Helsinki by foot.

Nor was it good for my camera, which dodged raindrops like bullets. (And try as I may, I couldn’t correct all the water spots in Lightroom.)

The thing is, while the architecture was beautiful, Helsinki, to me, could have been any ol’ Scandinavian city. There was nothing particularly defining about it.

Prior to my trip, quite a few travelers told me Helsinki’s a 24-hour city. I usually don’t believe that any place can be absorbed in such a short period, but this time I’m inclined to agree.

Next time I’m in Finland, I think I’ll skip the capital entirely, and head straight to Lapland where the reindeer play.

*All photos taken with a Canon XTi, 10-20mm lens (but my 17-85mm is back and good as new—finally!).

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Comments ( 17 )

  1. I’ve heard the same thing said about Helsinki, not much of anything. Somewhere in the city there is this glass toilet where you can see out but no one can see in, and it’s sitting right in the middle of a busy street. Great pictures.

  2. It is an interesting collection of architecture. But the land of reindeer sounds more exciting to me. Glad you got your camera back.

  3. My dad used to work for a Finnish company, and he was in Helsinki at least a couple months a year. This is the first time I’ve ever seen pictures. All he ever talked about was the beer. Priorities.

  4. Looks adorable, at any rate. I love how you photograph architecture at such interesting angles, rather than straight on. It brings to light some interesting features that one might otherwise miss.

  5. Great pics! I’ve always wanted to see Helsinki… maybe it’s the name!

  6. I love the last picture…very cool view of the boat with the city in the background!

  7. The third picture from the bottom? I want to live there. At least for 24 hours.

  8. I think it’s lovely, but I’m biased, I suppose.

  9. Methinks you might still be ticked and Helsinki for the whole car hitting episode :D

  10. In my next life (or when the kids leave home) I want your job.

  11. Rain doesn’t scare me:) Even though I never bring my rain gear anywhere and then complain aobut it. however, if I was there, I’d deal with the rain too:)

  12. You amazed me with your photos. Even with the rain, the shots are still amazing!

  13. Agreed. Didn’t think there was much to see in Helsinki when I was there (in Jan ’98). But I do have a nice (film) photo of a statue on the street wearing a scarf.

  14. Your photographs are awesome! Can you tell me how you take such tack sharp images?! :) I hope to go to Scandinavia one day. Thanks for giving an honest feedback on certain cities.

  15. I’ve always wanted to travel to Scandinavia..thanks for this small glimpse :)

  16. something tells me that with your track record you should most definitely carry your rain jacket at all times ;)

  17. I felt the same way about Helsinki – a nice city without any particularly defining features compared to other Scandinavian cities.

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