If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’m not a huge fan of winter, snow and feeling cold.
But I know you are!! At least in picture mode, since you guys seem to enjoy viewing my arctic, wintry photos!
So, let me just put my cold feelings towards winter aside long enough to post a few more photos…
The photos are from Levi, Kittilä in Finnish Lapland. Hubby and I spent a week there in January 2014.
Helsinki, where we live, is in the southern part of Finland, while Lapland is in the north. We rarely get much snow in Helsinki during winter – it snows a few times and we might get a couple of blizzards each winter, but it usually melts quickly away. Without snow, the winters are very dark: it’s dark when you go to work in the morning, and dark when you leave work in the evening. So in an office job without a window room, you never see the sun.
Winters last from approximately October to April, meaning that we can still get snow in April, just when you think spring is arriving. The darkness starts to fade away sometime around March, though, each day slowly getting a tiny bit longer and longer. (Officially, winter solstice is of course in December, but you can’t really tell the difference until much later.) I’ve come to realize that most Finns actually enjoy winter and cool weather.
Tip: If you want to see some really pretty winter photos, Christina over at JustBlueDutch has been beautifully documenting her expat life in Bavaria, Germany. She also does great posts about other places, cold and warm.