Day 11.  Savonlinna in the Finnish Lake District

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 …

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Day 12.  Enjoying life at the summer cottage on Lake Saimaa

We slept until late this morning, it's so peaceful here at the Finnish summer cottage.  After enjoying a brunch of pancakes with strawberries and yoghurt we relaxed on the terrace awhile soaking up the beautiful views. We decided to take some exercise and go for a walk to pick some berries and mushrooms.  Fortunately for …

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Day 13.  Kongosaari Island ferry

What an enjoyable existence,  fresh blueberries and yoghurt for breakfast followed by a car journey into Savonlinna.  We arrived on to the island by boat but today we were travelling by car so we needed to take the ferry across to the mainland. This ferry is very unusual,  it only holds a maximum of four …

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Day 14.  Sauna at the Finnish Summer Cottage

No visit to a Finnish summer cottage is complete without a visit to the sauna.  Finland has approximately five million inhabitants and around three million saunas.  It's a way of life here, to relax, spend time with friends and warm up in mid-winter.  The majority of homes have their own sauna and, if not, there …

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