So, after Stockholm, came Finland!
Our adventure to Finland started on a five hour cruise through the Swedish and Finnish archipelago aboard an amazing boat, the Viking Grace. The ship was so fantastic we didn't want to get off! We had the most perfect day for the ride, fresh air and sunny blue skies, and a not so crowed ship full of so many fun things to do from playgrounds to restaurants with amazing food and fun live music and the most beautiful views of all the islands of the archipelago. The views along the way were ridiculously gorgeous with windmills, beautiful sailboats, and amazing mansions along the sea.
|Views from our family cabin though we spent little time inside.|
|I know this is fuzzy, but I find it hilarious. Trying to carry duty free beer and Lillian to our car as we arrived in Aland.|
After driving through the adorable touristy town Mariehamn (population 11,500), we drove 30 minutes north to the city of Geta (population 800) passing apple orchards, sheep, and forest to our cabin we rented on Airbnb. Our cabin was located at the very end of a gravel road, right on a lake with not a person in sight. Heaven. Honestly, I felt so at home at this cabin, and it reminded me ever so much of my family's summer cabin haven in Lake Leelanau Michigan. The cabin was quaint but had plenty of room for us, plus it had the most picturesque red boat houses on the water, and two beaches. Frank spotted boulders in the backyard right away and began exploring. Some of my favorite family moments from this vacation involved hanging out at the cabin, playing in the water, searching for critters, dancing without abandon, and playing goofy games with the kids all hours of the day.
|Even Lily got into the action this trip. We would take turns bouldering, and Cooper couldn't wait to help show Lily the beta on problems.|
|This is Kastelholm founded in the late 1300s.|
Plus, we visited some amazing parks in Mariehamn to include an entire children's island complete with bunnies, birds, and reptiles, and a large playground on the beach, totally for free.