Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

December 20, 2012

Lux Helsinki 2012

In English:

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to take a virtual walking tour in colorful wintry Helsinki. The estimated length of tour is about 6 kilometers / 3.7 miles. So it is not impossible for You! Our tour starts from the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. In 1952 we had Summer Olympics games. My first four photos from it show light show just after sunset. After that our route goes alongside the Bay of Tölö (Töölönlahti) presenting nine photos walking thru Hesperia park’s walkway towards to the city center.

Next three photos show the Finlandia Hall in different colors, although its color is pure white. We pass thru the center to Helsinki Senate Square. Here You can admire thru 24 photos The Cathedral, huge colorful Rubik’s cube turning around. Also the main building of the University is illuminated as also the Government Palace.

After that we take a small walking tour thru Esplanade park. My five photos show some colorful trees. Finally we return to our starting point. Now it is so different looking than when we started our tour. My seven photos prove it.

En español:

Señoras y señores, bienvenidos a tomar un paseo virtual en Helsink, llena de colores del invierno. La duración estimada del viaje sera aproximadamente 6 kilómetros / millas 3.7. Por lo tanto, no es imposible para ti! Nuestra gira comienza del Estadio Olímpico de Helsinki. En 1952 tuvimos Juegos Olímpicos de Verano.

Mis primeras cuatro fotos de ella les muestran espectáculo de luz justo después del atardecer. Después nuestra ruta a pie continua a la bahía de Tolo (Töölönlahti) presentando nueve fotografías a través de pasarela de Hesperia Parque hacia el centro de la ciudad.

Mis siguientes tres fotos les muestran el Finlandia Hall de diferentes colores, aunque su color es blanco puro. Pasamos por el centro de Helsinki Plaza del Senado. Aquí se puede admirar a través de 24 fotos de la Catedral, enorme cubo de Rubik de colores girando vueltas. Además del edificio principal de la Universidad se ilumina como también el Palacio de Gobierno.

Después nos tomamos un pequeño recorrido a pie por el parque Esplanade. Mis fotos muestran unos cinco de árboles de colores. Finalmente volvemos a nuestro punto de partida. Ahora es tan diferente cuando empezamos nuestro recorrido. Siete fotos lo demuestran.

En francais:

Mesdames et Messieurs, bienvenue à prendre un tour virtuel à pied á travers d’Helsinki en hiver colorée. La longueur de la visite sera d’environ 6 km / 3,7 miles. Donc il n’est pas impossible pour vous! Notre visite commence à partir du stade olympiques d’Helsinki. En 1952, nous avions les jeux olympiques d’été d’Helsinki.

Mes quatre premiers photos de celle, montrent á Vous le spectacle de lumière, juste après le coucher du soleil. Ensuites notre route va aux côtés de Tolo (Töölönlahti) présentant neuf photos marchant à travers du parc de Hesperia en direction du centre-ville.

Mes trois photos suivantes á Vous montrent Le palais Finlandia en plusieurs couleurs , même si sa couleur est d’un blanc pur. Nous passons par le centre d’Helsinki à travers la place du Sénat. Ici vous pouvez admirer à travers 24 photos de la cathédrale, énorme cube de Rubik coloré qui tourne autour de soi-même.

Aussi le bâtiment principal de l’Université est illuminée comme aussi le Palais du Conseil d’État.

Après cela, nous prenons un petit tour à pied à travers Parc de l’Esplanade. Mes cinq photos montrent á Vous quelques arbres colorés. Enfin, nous revenons à notre point de départ. Maintenant, il est si différent et beau que lorsque nous avons commencé notre tournée. Mes sept photos le prouvent.

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Do You remember? / ¿Te acuerdas? / Vous souvenez-vous?

Helsinki lightshow / Helsinki espectáculo de luces / Helsinki spectacle son et lumière

68 Comments »

  1. Thank you for the tour Matti.🙂

    Comment by Chillbrook — December 20, 2012 @ 09:51 | Reply

    • Hi Chillbrook.

      I am glad that You enjoyed my wintry Helsinki photos.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 13:34 | Reply

  2. Wonderful photos. Thank you. I love the combination of the snow and the lights. Blessings for a peaceful and joy-filled Christmastime.

    Comment by LizzieJoy — December 20, 2012 @ 09:53 | Reply

    • Hello Lizzie.

      I appreciate Your comment very much. Thank You.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 13:35 | Reply

  3. Beautiful tour of the lights! Love the magical lanterns along Bay of Tölö (Töölönlahti). The Finns sure know how to put on a good light-show during this dark, crispy cold, blue-light time of the year.🙂

    Comment by Elin — December 20, 2012 @ 13:18 | Reply

    • Hello Elin.

      Thank You. The walking tour for us also an experience which will stay in our mind for a long time.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 13:45 | Reply

  4. Very nice photos and also crisp and sharp for nighttime images. I really like the coloring in the twilight shots. The Rubik’s cube is quite fascinating! Happy holidays.

    Comment by Bondseye — December 20, 2012 @ 14:32 | Reply

    • Hello Lisa.

      I am glad that You liked my twilight photos. My real Christmas post will be published on Monday 24th. Happy holidays to You and Yours.

      Have a great Thursday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 14:51 | Reply

  5. Those photos are awesome. As I saw each one, I thought ‘this’ is my favorite but then the next one elicited the same response……so……I love them ALL!!! Hugs….Doreen

    Comment by treadlemusic — December 20, 2012 @ 15:01 | Reply

    • Hi Doreen.

      I became very happy when reading Your comment. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 15:08 | Reply

      • There is something so breathtaking about beautiful lights and a night time setting…..like a storybook/fairyland…..don’t you think??? And your photos are always so beautiful!

        Comment by treadlemusic — December 20, 2012 @ 15:11 | Reply

  6. Thank you for taking us on this tour of the beautiful lights of Helsinki. Your photos are marvelous. I enjoyed the pictures of the Rubiks Cube, but all of them are crisp and clear. The lights in the trees along the bay are both interesting and beautiful. I couldn’t pick out a favorite in this sequence if I had to — each picture was better than the last.

    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

    Comment by seniorhiker — December 20, 2012 @ 15:20 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to You and Your family!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 15:55 | Reply

  7. Amazing photos!
    Love it

    Comment by Nicole da Rosa — December 20, 2012 @ 15:21 | Reply

    • Hi Nicole.

      Thank You. I am happy when You visited my post and left Your comment.

      Happy Thursday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 15:57 | Reply

  8. What a great tour of wintry Helsinki. May the blessing of Christmas be with you and your family this year!

    Comment by Mary Gilmartin — December 20, 2012 @ 15:39 | Reply

    • Hello Mary.

      Thank You. I am glad that my photos pleased You.

      Merry Christmas to You and Yours.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 16:03 | Reply

  9. Thank you for passing by. You got some very futuristic Christmas lights in Helsinki. And this tall rainbow building…very interesting and well captured🙂

    Comment by Anna Moritz — December 20, 2012 @ 16:04 | Reply

    • Hello Anna.

      How nice to read Your comment. I am happy that You also visited my site and left Your comment. Thank You.

      I wünsche ihnen einen schönen Donnerstag.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 16:11 | Reply

      • Vielen dank, ebenfalls. Und noch schöne Weihnachen🙂

        Comment by Anna Moritz — December 20, 2012 @ 17:25 | Reply

        • Hi Anna.

          Danke, gleichfalls. Ich spreche nicht gut Deutsch, aber ein wenig.

          Mit freundlichen Grüßen. Matti.

          Comment by Sartenada — December 21, 2012 @ 08:21 | Reply

  10. I love your photos – what time of day/night did you take these? I know you do not have as much sunlight as we do in winter. The rubik’s cube was neat and I showed it to my DH I knew he would like it. I love all the snow/winter scenes.

    Comment by Karen — December 20, 2012 @ 16:08 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      Thank You. First photos I took just after sunset and the rest later when walking around. Here in Finland dark is not coming at once, but slowly. Twilight can last about 45 minutes. When outside big cities or smaller towns on countryside, there is also for a while so called blue moment. In Helsinki it is not seen.

      Here is one example of my post:

      The castle of St. Olaf’ in winter.

      At the end of it there is so called blue moment, before it comes dark.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 16:23 | Reply

  11. ¿porque me haces esto? ahora mismo me voy a poner a buscar vuelos, daría cualquier cosa por ir allí, me encanta, preciosas fotografías, besazos

    Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — December 20, 2012 @ 16:33 | Reply

    • Hola Manoli.

      Espera, por favor, porque mis fotos tienen un año viejos, pero si quieres verdaderamente experimentar una gran experiencia, porque el castillo de nieve más grande del mundo 26.1.2013 – 26.1.2013 esta abierto en la ciudad de Kemi. Nosotros vamos a visitar el castillo en february (la fecha aún no se ha decidido), pero en enero claro que si.

      Aqui hay mi post del año pasado:

      World’s biggest Snow Castle 2011.

      Mi post del este año, voy a poner aqui en diciembe 28. Ya es listo, y es así el ultímo post mio de este año. Pero el video est listo. Haga clic sobre el enlace para ver el video 2012. Mira tambíen fotos del año 2009 con interessante vínculos presentado la ciudad Kemi.

      Abrasos y besitos.

      PD. Nos vemos en Kemi, Finlandia en febrero? Piensalo.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 20, 2012 @ 17:04 | Reply

      • Uy, ojalá pudiese!!, me encantaría pero me temo que el trabajo no me va a dejar, pero que sepas que daría algo, por visitarlo, besos

        Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — December 29, 2012 @ 05:05 | Reply

        • Hola Manoli.

          Lo comprendo completamente. Mi esposa habla también un poquitito español y asi podriamos ser buenos guias. Vamos a ver algun año.

          Abrazos y besitos.

          Comment by Sartenada — December 29, 2012 @ 16:16 | Reply

  12. The lights are beautiful, but it sure looks cold there!

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 20, 2012 @ 18:27 | Reply

    • Hello Anneli.

      Thank You commenting. It was indeed cold evening due to wind. The cold, in the thermometer, is not the as one feels it in different situations. There are main things which make it to feel colder than it is in reality. 1. Humidity. Because Helsinki is by sea side, it feels colder there than let’s 35 miles further North. 2. The wind. That day there was hard wind which meant very cold weather on the skin. When I shoot photos in winter I am using gloves and mittens. At the moment when taking photos, I take off my mittens.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 21, 2012 @ 08:33 | Reply

  13. Wow! That is gorgeous!!!! Do they do this every winter in Helsinki? It looks so different with the snow on the ground and without the crowds you often see at Senate Square and Market Square from when I was just there this past summer. I would love to see something like this.

    Comment by Ducky's Always Hungry — December 20, 2012 @ 19:15 | Reply

    • Hi Alisa.

      Thank You. What comes to Your question, I am not sure, but I checked it in Internet and found that in 2013 in January between days 4 – 8, there is again Helsinki Lux show. Well, You are welcome to visit someday in wintertime. If You want to have some great winter experiences, then visit Kemi (World’s biggest Snow Castle) or Rovaniemi at the Arctic circle. In Rovaniemi You can meet for example Santa Claus or make a ride in a sleigh, pulled by reindeers! These are only few examples.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 21, 2012 @ 08:42 | Reply

  14. Beautiful tour, Matti! The lights are so wonderful, they fill me
    with joy. Janet

    Comment by Heart To Harp — December 20, 2012 @ 20:36 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      Thank You. I am glad that You liked my winter post.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 21, 2012 @ 08:43 | Reply

  15. My favourite is the shot where the “Rubic’s Cube” changes colour. Merry Christmas to you, and a wonderful 2013.

    Comment by restlessjo — December 20, 2012 @ 22:17 | Reply

    • Hello Johanna.

      Thank You. I am very happy that You visited my site and did find Your favorite photo among these wintry Helsinki photos.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 21, 2012 @ 08:52 | Reply

  16. Everything looks so lovely with a dusting of snow, and the lights in the trees are beautiful!

    Comment by megtraveling — December 20, 2012 @ 23:09 | Reply

    • Hello Megtraveling.

      Thank You for Your comment. I am really happy that You made Your visit.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 21, 2012 @ 08:58 | Reply

  17. I saw some buildings but I have never seen the snow in Finland. It looks so beautiful.

    Comment by cocomino — December 21, 2012 @ 03:50 | Reply

    • Hi Cocomino.

      Thank You. Well, Finland in winter differs from that seen in summer. You are welcome to test how winter feels.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 21, 2012 @ 09:07 | Reply

  18. I especially like the ninth photo. It portray’s the pleasant spirit of winter in a place that knows it so well.

    Comment by montucky — December 21, 2012 @ 05:50 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      Your selection is Great indeed. I checked it. Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 21, 2012 @ 09:08 | Reply

  19. THI|S is what winter is all about, Sartenada…full of fanciful play on light! I love it.

    Comment by Ginnie — December 21, 2012 @ 11:27 | Reply

    • Hi Ginnie.

      Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 21, 2012 @ 12:31 | Reply

  20. This helped to brighten my day! Spectacular photography as usual!

    Comment by Jodi — December 21, 2012 @ 18:26 | Reply

    • Hi Jody.

      That was so nice to read. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 22, 2012 @ 12:20 | Reply

  21. I love the photos, they are so cool!

    Comment by adaughterofthemanse — December 23, 2012 @ 16:22 | Reply

    • Hello Caty.

      Thank You for Your comment. I am very happy that You visited my site and saw how Helsinki can be beautiful also in winter.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 23, 2012 @ 16:24 | Reply

  22. These photos are amazing! I am a huge fan of winter photography and you do it quite well!

    Comment by sashaskog — December 24, 2012 @ 00:04 | Reply

    • Hi Sasha.

      Thank You for Your kind words. Merry Christmas!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 24, 2012 @ 08:19 | Reply

  23. During these dark, winter days, it’s such a pleasure to see such decorative light displays.

    Comment by Deb Platt — December 24, 2012 @ 07:15 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      So nicely said Deb. Thank You.

      Merry Christmas!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 24, 2012 @ 08:21 | Reply

  24. Matti,
    there’s one photo that has a HUGE column lit up in the centre of the photo and it towers over the buildings nearby and other trees…, if that’s a Christmas tree it’s surely one of the biggest I’ve ever seen!!!

    Comment by kiwidutch — December 24, 2012 @ 12:57 | Reply

    • Hi.

      I could not locate that photo which You meant. Please move mouse pointer of a picture to get the name and the number of a photo. All my photos are numbered and named and doing this way, You can tell me exactly the number of the photo.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 24, 2012 @ 13:27 | Reply

  25. Wonderful and colorful tour, Matti! Thanks for showing another reason for visiting Finland in winter-time!
    Will this be there all winter – or only in Christmas time??
    I love the creative people in Helsinki, who has planned and carried out this amazing decorating with lights in the city.

    Comment by Truels — December 28, 2012 @ 18:07 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment. Normally it is after Christmas or mainly at new Year and some days after it. It might vary, so every year it must be checked.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 28, 2012 @ 18:11 | Reply

  26. These could be Christmas postcard pictures for sure. You take the most amazing pictures….absolutely beautiful (example Lux Winter Helsinki Finland no. 9) and that’s just to mention one.

    Comment by luchaniktravel — January 16, 2013 @ 23:16 | Reply

    • Hi Davinder.

      Thank You. I love also it. In it You can see the magical moment call “blue hour”. Actually it does not last hour but few minutes. To have a success to capture it, one must be at right place at right time!

      Happy Thursday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 17, 2013 @ 09:03 | Reply

  27. Your winter atmosphere around and in Helsinki is just gorgeous! Many thanks for giving me a chance to take part in these feelings.🙂 By the way, I’ve als watched your video
    to the rock-paintings and would have loved to get some information about them as I’ve just lately written about those in South Africa, as you know. Should I not have seen the written comunication I kindly ask you to give me the link.🙂 Bye Martina

    Comment by Martina Ramsauer — February 1, 2014 @ 16:19 | Reply

    • Hello Martina.

      Thank You. Here are my two posts presenting Astuvansalmi:

      Astuvansalmi

      Wikipedia:
      Astuvansalmi – Wikipedia

      BTW, the cruise departs from the town (Mikkeli) where I live.

      I hope that these help You to get more information. Thank You for Your interest.

      Have a nice Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 2, 2014 @ 09:42 | Reply

  28. I had missed this post. Luckily , can see it now…..
    Thank you for sharing this collection of beautiful pics!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — February 1, 2014 @ 19:05 | Reply

    • Hello Anna.

      Your kind words warmed my heart. We just arrived to home after making 1 hour and 20 minutes walk on the Lake Saimaa. Here is my post from last year that You understand better how it is to walk on the frozen lake:

      Walking on frozen lake.

      I am sure that You love this post with nice photos.

      Happy Sunday to You and Yours.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 2, 2014 @ 12:05 | Reply

  29. Fantástico! Isso é muito legal – show!😀

    Comment by Administrador — July 23, 2014 @ 22:17 | Reply

    • Chiao José.

      Estou feliz que você ama meus fotos. Obrigado comentando.

      Até já!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 24, 2014 @ 10:19 | Reply

  30. This was posted more than one year and a half ago…….
    I didn’t follow any blog at that time so I missed this post! Luckily you’re republishing some old ones!
    Beautiful and unexpected Helsinki!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — July 23, 2014 @ 23:28 | Reply

    • Chiao Anna.

      First, I am glad that You saw this post. Well, it was not republished really, but it comes to my list presenting most commented posts / visited during last 24 four hours. It is nice way to see about which people have been interested in. Thank You for Your comment.

      Buona giornata!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 24, 2014 @ 10:24 | Reply

  31. Awesome … The cube as an sculpture in the middle of the town is something extraordinary!😎
    Best wishes Aquileana🐻

    Comment by Aquileana — March 14, 2015 @ 10:25 | Reply

    • Saludos Aquileana.

      Our trip To Helsinki was rewarding, so much to see and to photograph. Thank You. Nice bear.🙂

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 14, 2015 @ 12:45 | Reply


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