A photo essay from Helsinki, Finland

Suomenlinna sea smoke at -22 degrees celsius

When warm sea and cold air collide the result is stunning sea smoke. These pictures are from Suomenlinna island and from a ferry before it.

January 6th, 2017

Pasi Markkanen


It was forecasted to be -22 degrees celsius (-7.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in the morning and the sea was still mainly open so I woke up early hoping to see some sea smoke. When I got myself in the Helsinki Market Square there were some people photographing already.

View from the ferry was very surreal at times

Sea smoke was letting just a little bit sun through

Mesmerizing texture in ice was colored by sunrise

Everything was covered in frost and fog. Rising sun changed the color palette every minute

Sea smoke was passing through the island

Sun painted all the ice and snow with warm colors

Winter seed heads were still standing

Sea smoke wall was a spectacular view

It kind of looked like the sea was boiling

Sun got higher and the fog started to fade

All the branches had beautiful frost coating on them

Thanks for watching!

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