On planning my trip to rural Finland I was not quite sure what to expect . I suppose what comes immediately to mind is wintry things like an awful lot of ice and snow and reindeers and the Moomintroll books I read as a child. Those things are all still prevalent but their short summer is hot and bright and boating and fishing are huge part of the Finnish summer.
Waterways and tiny harbours full of all types of boats dot the archipelago and took me by surprise. Lots of people were sitting on their boats sipping coffee in the sun as cafes are found right on the piers with lots of food and big, expansive and expensive coffee machines.
I did not see an awful lot of swimmers - icy waters may well be the reason !! The country side is beautiful with dense spruce forests interspersed with winding rivers, big lakes and tiny seaports. Constantly crossing ferries and fish farms are everywhere. And quaint wooded buildings, mostly those characteristic red ones simply add to the charm. I have come home with such happy memories from this cycling trip.