It’s been a long winter with some bitterly cold temperatures over the last several months.
Even now with spring (possibly!) coming soon, the weather has been variable from sub-zero temperatures to sudden thaws and melting ice, then back to freezing again and some snow mixed in.
But one place where it’s always warm is the Helsinki Winter Gardens, where local residents can discover a tropical oasis in the heart of the city.
Built more than a hundred years ago, these three hot houses feature more than 200 species of plants and trees including pine trees and some household plants that were more commonly found in decades gone by.
There’s waterfalls and pools with koi carp swimming around as well, and hidden nooks to enjoy a cup of tea or just a moment of mindfulness.
“I think it’s quite fabulous to just come here and maybe hang around, like I came today to have my breakfast and just read some paper and books and just kind of be in your own quiet” says local resident Iina Peltonen who visited the Winter Garden to have breakfast.
During the summer months the area in front of the pavilion is filled with colours and scents, when the rose gardens bloom.