Midsummer is one of the most important feasts during the year. Most people leave the cities and go to enjoy summer to a cottage, preferable by a lake or the by the sea. Fortunately Finland has lots of lakes and a long sea shore so it is possible for most people.The main topic around Midsummer is of course the weather. This year we haven´t been that fortunate, but it didn´t rain too much and in the evenings the sun appeared.

Here are some photos from a kayak tour I made one of the evenings in the archipelago nearby Strandhagen.



On this small rocky island there is only one tree, a rowan, and a rose bush that is a little special as it has has both white and red flowers.



The new generation.


My favourite birds! Haematopus ostralegus, Oyster catcher in english, Strandskata in swedish and Meriharakka in finnish. It is the national bird of Faroe islands and there they call it Tjaldur, a nice and easy name to remember.


1-DSC_0030 The last moments before the fog came.

Enjoying life


Nice people, from Franken in Germany, bringing delicious wines, from Franken in Germany, meeting other nice people, from Bavaria in Germany, at Strandhagen. Thank you all, it was a pleasure to share the evening with you!

Summer season has started!


On Saturday it was the last day of school for all pupils and teachers and now they enjoy ten weeks of holiday!

The summer season at Strandhagen started on Friday and we have been happy to have several German guests since that. And I have been happy to practice my German, though I am afarid that my german skills actually never will be any better. I feel so sorry for my german teacher that struggled with me for five long years at school.

1-DSC_0051As always when the tourists arrive our often seen elks disappear. They are so shy for strangers.


This picture is taken by the corner of our house earlier in the spring. Huge animals.