This morning we travelled to Savonlinna in south eastern Finland, which is located quite near to the Russian border. The journey takes just over five hours by either train or coach. In previous years we have travelled by train but this time we opted to travel by coach as Onnibus have started to operate this route and offer some very inexpensive fares. Our bus left at 10.30 am and we were lucky to be able to sit on the front seats of the upper deck for the best views. The journey was smooth, traffic was light and the free wi-fi worked well.
Our Finnish friend had come to meet us by boat and after donning our life jackets we motored around the bay and found a mooring near to Savonlinna’s market place where we enjoyed a snack of the tasty small fish ‘muikku’and cups of coffee looking out across Lake Saimaa.
The market was starting to pack up for the day but we had just enough time to buy some fresh berries to take back to the cottage. Back on board the boat, we motored past the beautiful fairytale like 15th century Olavinlinna Castle which has three towers and is a joy to behold.
The afternoon sun shone brightly and with a warm, gentle breeze there was no need for coats on the hour long boat journey to our friend’s secluded summer cottage hidden away on a remote island.
It’s the fourth time that we’ve had the pleasure to be invited to our friend’s summer cottage and we always love our time here, experiencing life in a mökki. Our evening was spent eating a tasty barbecue dinner on the terrace, sipping wine, chatting and enjoying a Finnish ‘white night’ until well after midnight.