The days increase in length by several minutes per day. The snow is amazing. At the same time, February is the month for “peak ice” in the archipelago and sea – it is during the month of February that the ice thickness is greatest and the snow is best. In the archipelago, the ice can be up to one meter thick, on lakes even more. If the cold is combined with strong winds from the south, it will be tough times for shipping when tens of meters thick and high embankment embankments are formed.