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In pictures: How to do Finland's off-season right

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The average winter temperature in Helsinki is - 4, so you can easily enjoy a brisk stroll.

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For a traditional snack, try some Karelian pastry with buttery spread.

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At the GLO Hotel Kluuvi, situated downtown near the train station, each guest is greeted with a plush tiger on the bed at night.

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One of the best ways to unwind is to head to Yrjonkatu, an indoor public swimming hall built in 1928, with a pool that’s surrounded by soaring arches, intricate tile mosaics and Juliet balconies. Days are dedicated to either men or women, and nudity is encouraged.

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Around Christmas, it becomes a true winter wonderland.

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