Finland’s lakes have been freezing behind schedule this winter, according to Finland’s Environmental Administration, which urges those venturing out on the ice to exercise caution.
In Lapland, most lakes iced over two to three weeks behind schedule in November, while waters in central and southern Finland froze by mid-December, some two weeks later than usual.
The lakeshores of Lapland, Arctic Finland, have an ice thickness of 20 to 40 centimetres, the thinnest recorded since 2011.
The ice cover in central areas and the Kainuu region is around 25 centimetres, while measurements put the ice depth on southern Finland’s lakes at less than 20 centimetres.
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Canada: Arctic tea toss photo becomes Internet sensation, Radio Canada International
Finland: Photographer tells how he snapped picture of rare white bear cub in Finland, Yle News
Norway: Vegetation in Arctic Europe disturbed by mid-autumn thaw, The Independent Barents Observer