This photograph was taken from the Stockholm to Helsinki overnight ferry. The ferries crackle their way into Helsinki Harbour like gentle ice-breakers. The building is the Blekholmen Yacht Club, the Nylandska Jaktklubben, founded in 1861 under the approval of Czar Alexander II at a time when Finland was the Grand Duchy of Finland and was part of the Russian Empire.

Helsinki has proper winter. At times all you may see of parked cars are their wing mirrors poking through huge soufflés of pristine snow. Workers clamber about city rooftops on safety ropes and, with long-handled brushes, carefully ‘coax’ snow off the roofs in great swathes that land with a soft thud onto the cordoned-off pavements below.


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