Ihana kesä! The history of hot Helsinki summers, in pics

Finnish summers are short and sweet, but they sure can be spectacular! It’s important to enjoy every single second of them before the long dark winter comes once again. In Finland, summer appreciation has been turned into an art form — nobody soaks up the sun like the Finns do.

Need some proof? Just take a look at these historical photos of Finns loving the Helsinki summer. Take notes, because you just might learn a thing or two.

 

Having fun on the water slide at Pihlajasaari, 1969. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Bonin Volker von

 

Flying the skies at Linnanmäki, 1968. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Bonin Volker von

 

Sitting on the steps of the cathedral, 1977. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Pekka Punkari

 

Darts and sunbathing at the cottage, 1957. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Racz

 

A game of croquet at Tapaninkylä, Tapanila, 1928. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Tuntematon

 

Hanging out with Havis Amanda, 1973. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Bonin Volker von

 

Some things never change! A packed Cafe Reggatta, 1962. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Grünberg Constantin

 

Sunbathing at Pihlajasaari, 1939. Photo: Helsinki City Museum

 

Children in a homemade tent, 1971. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Hakli Kari

 

Keeping it cool, 1952. Photo: Helsinki City Museum

 

Group photo at Kasinonranta, Lauttasaari, 1923. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Timiriasew Ivan

 

Weightlifting at Hietsu, 1952. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Bonin Volker von

 

Celebrating the Sauna Society’s new sauna at Lauttasaari, 1952. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Bonin Volker von

 

Gisela von Bonin and a German NSU Fox motorcycle during the Helsinki Olympic games, 1952. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Bonin Volker von

 

Coffee by the sea in Kallio, 1920. Photo: Helsinki City Museum

 

Reading newspapers at the Three Smiths statue, 1968. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Bonin Volker von

 

Gymnastics at Hietsu, 1947. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Kannisto Väinö

 

More gymnastics at Hietsu, 1947. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Kannisto Väinö

 

Summer camp swim classes for the children of Elanto employees in Sompasaari, 1957. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Heinonen Eino

 

Two men building playground equipment in East Pasila, 1978. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Ahola Harri

 

Feeding the birds at Töölönlahti, 1964. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Grünberg Constantin

 

Pihlajasaari beach, 1963. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Grünberg Constantin

 

Sitting by the sea at Vuosaari, 1912. Photo: Helsinki City Museum / Elmgren Greta

 

Which of these is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!




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