The Turku archipelago is easy to fall in love with, especially when the warm sun is beating down on your back, and you have some hot smoked rainbow trout fresh out of the smoker in one hand and a delicious korvapuusti (Finnish cinnamon roll) in the other.
While we drove around exploring the islands, I could picture the characters of Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book coming to life in the ever-changing mood of the northern summer and everything felt simultaneously exciting and calm. I also imagined the Moomins and all of their picnics and outdoor adventures.
I love the sound of the Finnish language and am by no means an expert at picking out Scandinavian languages, but after we had travelled beyond a certain point I was pretty sure most of the locals were speaking Swedish.
Nautical summers are my favourite and because of that I felt completely relaxed and at home as we hopped from island to island. We started out in Nagu/Nauvo, the port to the Turku archipelago, passed through Pärnäs/Pärnäinen and Korpo/Korppoo and turned back just in time to catch the last ferry back to Turku. We hand’t exactly planned on an island adventure–it was a spur of the moment decision after spending the morning in Moominworld. If only we had more time…the weather was perfect, the food was simple but delicious, and the pace of life was perfect.