Back to Sweden from Turku, Finland

We travelled to Stockholm on a Stena Line ferry which was brilliant.  The crossing was amazing, passing so close to islands and land pretty much the whole time.  It was over 11 hours and we had chosen to cross during the day as we did not want to miss out in the views.

Really a crossing not to be missed.  The sea was so blue at times but as we neared Stockholm the weather was not so good.

An amazingly interesting crossing passing many islands and so close to land
An amazingly interesting crossing passing many islands and so close to land
A great crossing
A great crossing

Ruissalo, Turku

An archipelago
An archipelago

We eventually found somewhere to stay on an archipelago near Turku.  It was quite a large campsite, so not really what we usually head for but it served a purpose and was in beautiful surroundings with lots of wild life.

An great archipelago near Turku.  A place to investigate again in the future
An great archipelago near Turku. A place to investigate again in the future

We spent a couple of days here.  It was great for running and cycling but the weather was a bit cool.  We left early in the morning to catch the ferry from Turku to Stockholm.  We were lucky to see a small fox who watched us drive by completely nonplussed by our presence.

Cranes and oyster catchers
Cranes and oyster catchers

Turku

A quick visit to a peaceful outdoor museum and checked out Turku port area
A quick visit to a peaceful outdoor museum and checked out Turku port area

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We stayed on the 18th June in a rather strange place called Zoolandia near Turku.  It was in fact very pleasant and the weather warmed up slightly so after a quiet night we headed towards Turku, not going into the centre but just trying out the lay of the land.  We found an interesting museum, Nautelankoski, but because there was no translation and our Finnish is very limited, we did not really understand what it was all about.  Still, a lovely day and we tried to head back to Zoolandia for the night but on arrival they told us they were closed for the evening due to Midsummer’s day parties.  Ah well, off we went I search of somewhere else to stop.

Finnish Lakes

I love the Finnish lakes.  They are peaceful and extensive.  We camped right next to two sets of lakes on our way down to Jyvaskyla and then further south.  The whole experience was one of tranquility despite the cold temperatures for June.

We thought that it might be busy on the campsites as the children were on their 10 week summer holiday.  But, the tradition seems to be that they don’t go away until after Midsummer’s Day and we were leaving the country on that day to head for Sweden.  So, quiet campsites and generally quiet everywhere.

More lakes and more trees!
More lakes and more trees!
The lakes in Finland are amazing!
The lakes in Finland are amazing!

Ranua Zoo, Finland

A stop in the wilderness followed by a sauna at Ranua Zoo
A stop in the wilderness followed by a sauna at Ranua Zoo
A fire hut and the gnarled birch tree near Ranua zoo
A fire hut and the gnarled birch tree near Ranua zoo

We found this stop almost by accident.  We had seen a flyer in the Arkitkum in Rovaniemi, but decided we probably would not be going anywhere near this route.  A closer look at the map and we found it would be a good route down to Jyvaskyla to see some old friends.  Searching the internet showed a campsite at the zoo.   It was brilliant.  On the edge of a forest with footpaths and a fire hut, great WiFi, a fire area and best of all a sauna.  It was not very busy and the enclosures at the zoo were very well done; all set within a forest on board walks above the forest floor.  The animals in the zoo were mostly indigenous to Finland and the Arctic.  It was cold but mostly dry so we were able to have two BBQs and sit out wrapped up in our Rohan ice pack jackets.  The campsite is open all year so we may be back one year to experience Finland in the winter snow.

Indigenous animals of Finland and the arctic region
Indigenous animals of Finland and the arctic region