Seurasaari has quite a few special spots for those who are interested in historic architecture, wood in construction and maybe the so called church boats! Be prepared to walk, or run or hike...the island as a whole takes maybe 45 - 60 min. to walk around, but you need some condition and nice shoes. Don't forget your camera!! Why winter? Because of the light, of the strange feeling of being able to walk on water...i.e. the ice in mid winter and early spring Helsinki will permit you to leave the island itself for a walk on ice!! This gives a whole new aspect the a city landscape and the colours can be astounding; all in shining whites, crystal brightness and every shade of blues any eskimo would be proud to give a name to. There is a spot for nice winter picnics with a fireplace, where you can grill your own sausages or buy them from a small kiosk, if you did not bring you favorite brand along; kids just love this!! The other feature...sorry squirrels; are the local small squirrels, who are quite used to people and can sometimes jump on your hand, if the peanuts or treats are interesting enough (not for the very small children, the claws on the little critters are very tough).
In summer the place can be quite crowded, but you do get a splash of greenery and some original buildings all in wood from very many different parts of Finland. Don't forget to check out the church boats, which were used by whole villages rowing to faraway churches for a Sunday mass. They are unique in shape and style! There are still competitions in rowing boats in Finland. If you are staying for a longer while, do check out some of the crazy, funny, humorous Finnish competitions in the deeper reaches of Finland!! There is some kind of festival, musical event, exhibition or competition in almost anything you can imagine; like rowing church boats, carrying a wife or throwing gum boots or listening to some of world's best early baroque music !!
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