Day 6: Showers and Sunshine

>> Thursday, July 09, 2015

Waking up this morning, I was hoping for sunshine, which was what the forecast had predicted. Instead, when I listened from bed, it became obvious that it was raining. Hard. When I came downstairs and peeked out of the windows at the front of the cottage, it was more of a monsoon than I had thought possible.

By the time we had all got up and had breakfast though, things were improving. The sun was shining and we mucked around in the garden for a while, relaxing down by the jetty. But the showers were never far away, and we had to take cover a few times. Nonetheless, we swam and leaped into the lake for most of the afternoon and so overall, the day was more satisfying than I had thought it might have been at 7.30am!

Olivia and Arnold playing this morning.
Keith and me on the swings in the sun.
That's Olivia somersaulting into the lake.
On the steps.
This evening, we drove to the harbour area in Jyvaskyla for some ice-creams and relaxed as we people watched for half an hour or so. When we got back home, Sandy continued fishing in the sun and caught some perch, which pleased him as he had bought a special lure in town yesterday. 


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Silja Line - Sweden to Finland

Silja Line - Sweden to Finland
A fantastic way to arrive in Finland is by using the Tallink Silja service from Stockholm in Sweden. These are magnificent boats which take you overnight into Helsinki's centre, and to travel by car with a good quality sea-view cabin is relatively inexpensive. Buffet dinners are outstanding!

Viking Line - Sweden to Finland

Viking Line - Sweden to Finland
An inexpensive way to arrive in Finland is to take the Viking Line ferry service from Stockholm to Helsinki. This overnight service gives the opportunity to sleep in a spacious cabin, taking your car, and arriving the next morning in central Helsinki. This service operates at the same time as the Silja Line service each day.

Finnlines - Germany to Finland

Finnlines - Germany to Finland
On several occasions over the past few years, we have used the excellent FinnLines ferry service from Travemunde in Germany, to sail right up the Baltic Sea to Helsinki. It's an expensive option, but it is a truly memorable journey on what are very modern and extremely comfortable boats. Highly recommended!

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