A Romance in Moomin Valley

As a small, TV-obsessed boy growing up in 80’s Britain I had a strong recollection of a children’s cartoon about these weird and wonderful creatures living in a magical land,

Vespa Vitality – A Tour on Two Wheels

Experiencing a new city is both exciting and challenging. How ever long you plan on staying you always want to feel like you’ve done the things you wouldn’t want to

No Ordinary Örö!

As we headed along the river and out into the islands, I remember thinking of what military life must have been like for soldiers and sailors in the archipelago. The

A Sailor’s Life For Me – Katanpää and the Galley Olga

Strolling down the harbour in Uusikaupunki, we followed the sight of a tall mast piercing the blue sky, a compass in helping us to locate our vessel and the rest

Crossing the Baltic – the Viking Way!

As my family and I made our way towards the departure lounge, I enjoyed seeing the glowing anticipation on the faces of my two little children. It wasn’t a shock

A Weekend in Kustavi

When anyone is asked for advice on what to see in Southwest Finland, the first words that cross their lips are ‘the Archipelago.’ From the large, offshore islands filled with

A Taste of Åland

All photos in this blog were taken by Juha Laurila Food is the great unifying theme for all people and cultures. The amazing thing about Southwest Finland is that, relative

Mountain Biking in Teijo National Park

Another feature of this blog series will be a look into the outdoor possibilities of the region, with specific attention to its four main national parks. With this in mind

Discovering Dali – A reincarnation in Pargas

Ted Wallin is a local entrepreneur, philanthropist, art collector and general community figure in the archipelago town of Pargas (or Parainen in Finnish). It all sounds pretty unspectacular until you

Talking Turku – The People, Places and Pastimes of the ‘poshest’ part of Finland

About the Blog I’ve got three points to make about this blog series. The first, and this probably won’t come as a surprise, is that I love Turku. Olen turkulainen