The city has been having beautiful weather this spring, and the long peaceful Easter holiday had witnessed spectacular weather in Turku. My friend and I decided to visit Naantali over the weekend, because I suspected that the town would be so beautiful in this sunny weather. Last year, I also came to Naantali in the early spring, and the weather was so nice we ended up petting and feeding the ducks. This time, we even dressed in our running clothes because we thought it would be cool to do a little bit of jogging around the harbor too.
Just before we went, the sun was shining so brightly that we even needed our sunglasses. It was a bit windy and cold, but only if we stayed in the shades. As soon as we arrived at Kauppatori, the sky was quickly covered by a thick grey cloud, and suddenly sun lights seemed to disappear. Few minutes later, just when we got into the bus to Naantali, it started to snow heavily with strong winds. We laughed hysterically in the bus as we were still wearing shades. However, to our surprise, the sun shone again after the brief snow squall. Clouds parted and all we saw was deep blue sky.
It took roughly half an hour by bus from centre of Turku to Naantali. As one of the most important tourists centers of Finland, Naantali is known for its beautiful nature, Moonminworld and the fact that it is the official summer residence of the President of Finland, the Kultaranta estate located on Luonnonmaa. Just as we arrived in Naantali, the clouds gathered again and snow started to fall within minutes.
This time, the snow was less solid and the wind was a lot stronger, so we decided to pop into the first open-café that we saw.
Our cakes and tea were lovely, and though it was obvious that our visiting plan did not go well, we were pretty sure that the sun would soon shine again. And it did, after 15 minutes of horrendous snowing, the clouds parted again. We said to ourselves that we already came this far, so we had to proceed to the harbor as planned. Even though it was unbelievably cold and windy, we still spotted different groups of tourists who were just as baffled by the weather as we were. When we were walking in the heart of the Old Town, as expected, the snow squall came back again. This time it started off full-force immediately accompanied by such strong wind that I thought we were experiencing a snowstorm in April.
Beautiful weather, wasn’t it?
The visibility was reduced greatly by both snow and rain, and we never made it to the church or the harbor. We turned around and walked as fast as we could back to the bus station. And guess what? Just as we got inside the bus, the sky was clear again. We experienced all sunny, beautiful weather the whole bus ride back to Turku, and of course it started snowing again soon after. This time though, we were already gotten used to the phenomenal weather, and my friend captured this rare beautiful moment of sunlight and snow in Student Village:
Photo by: Eeva Pentikäinen
Our adventure to Naantali did not go as planned, but we did catch some charming sights of Naantali’s Old Town, and a glimpse of the harbor. After all, it was an unforgettable trip with delightful conversations and lovely companion. I am pretty sure I will repeatedly recall this little venture again in the coming years whenever the topic of Finnish weather arises. How often do you experience four-season weather in a day, am I right? That was my Easter, so how was yours?