Walking on the frozen sea in Helsinki

When the month of February rolls in, the residents of Helsinki (and Finland in general) start spending more time outdoors as the days gradually start getting brighter and longer. Even though the outdoor temperature can be as brutal as -25 degrees Celsius, the happy month of February doesn’t deter people from seeking endless fun outside the comfort of their homes. At this time, the snow melts and freezes into solid ice and this makes all the water bodies in Finland (including Helsinki) the perfect play ground for fun-loving Finns and enthusiastic tourists. So if you are in Finland at this time of the year you can add one thing to your ‘things to experience list’; Frozen sea walk it is.

Be it making a short cut to office or extreme adventures like skiing and biking on the frozen lakes and even the Baltic sea, it might just look like the most normal thing to do in Finland.

The internet is full of crazy stories related to this favorite activity and each of them crazier than the other. But luckily mine is not. But it was crazy enough for my mother who did not like the idea of this ‘crazy fun’.

In fact, it is always debatable how safe it is to do that but, I believe, the Finns know their ice and the safe time to step on it. It is an extremely thrilling thing to do but dangerous at the same time. So whenever I see families with little kids running around the frozen sea, my heart skips a few beats but they are just having regular fun, the Finnish way. So when you see something like this, you either you walk away or join in, just do not press the panic button.

Usually, when it is not safe to step on the ice, the safety department puts up signs urging people not to do that. Because, as bright and beautiful the February sun may be it can also affect the thickness of the ice layers. It is only advisable to do it if there are a lot of people already doing it. And by ‘a lot of people’ I mean a lot of people. Not just a few lonely looking fellows. Only rule of thumb, do not dare walking on areas where there are lots of ships and boats. The movements around these areas can make the ice very weak.

I always look for families having fun on the frozen Töölönlahti bay area near my apartment and step in only after observing them for a while. Although it is not exactly the sea, the bay is connected to the Baltic sea and technically it is the same water body. There are many places around Helsinki where the locals make their own pathways across a frozen water body and Töölönlahti is one of them.

Here are few pictures of the frozen bay and its surrounding area which I crossed from one end to the other this winter.

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Frozen sea walk

Frozen sea walk

Frozen sea walk

Frozen sea walk

 

 

Do you think it is extreme adventure or you just think it is the fun thing to do? Would you ever do it yourself?

 

 


2 Comments

  • Ticket to Adventures February 27, 2018 at 7:42 am

    It is crazy how cold it is here in Helsinki right now. But the frozen seashores provide amazing playgrounds for all sorts of winter activities in the snow, so much fun!

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    • Jutismita February 27, 2018 at 8:33 am

      True. It is too cold to have fun but can’t resist going out and exploring. The month of February is my favourite when the days are longer and sunnier.

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