On my last trip to Helsinki winter had officially not started yet, but with temperatures around zero and a freezing wind it certainly did feel that it had. So what is the first thing that come to mind: find some warm temperatures. And according to the Fins this is about heating up your body and cooling it down, and then the same all over again. The new outdoor swimming pools in the middle of the centre suit the purpose wonderfully. Allas See Pools has three outdoor pools, one with a comfortable 28 degree Celsius, one with the temperature based on the weather, and another one with the sea water. I was not that brave, but had a great swim in the heated water while breathing the fresh air. The pools are open all year round, and it is the most amazing experience.
And then after, you would probably be pretty hungry. Are you up for another local specialty? Go to Birrificio restaurant. They run their own brewery and you are able to try a few local beers. After drinks, sit down and order the Pig’s head (actually you need to call the day before to order this). Pig’s head is a local delicasy and when you order this, you would get half a head with ears, nose, cheeks, tongue to enjoy. The head has been cooked for hours and although a bit hard to look at, the meat is the most tender and moist. As it needs to be cooked for so long you would have to give the restaurant a call the day before to secure this dish. Definitely worth a try.
There is much more to enjoy in Helsinki as you might know, but this would be the best start of building memories during your visit to this great city. Please also see my other posts on Helsinki which talk about the design shops in the city and a different neighbourhood for you to explore.