Saturday, June 29, 2013

Paradise Islands Of the North

Spotify is playing “The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong” while I´m going through my last Korppoo pictures, which fits the mood perfect. Life is indeed La Vie en Rose!
On our last day in Korppoo, we took a boat that sails all the way to Utö and stops at several different islands before that. We hopped off at Aspö, which is about halfway to Utö. The trip takes approximately two hours and the boat-ride is free (and dogs are allowed on deck). The boat leaves from Nauvoo, right next to the Nauvoo-Korppoo ferry. After arriving in Aspö, we had until 3pm to enjoy the sun and sea. It is one of the cutest places on the planet. 

During the 1st and the 2nd World War Aspö was a military base for first the Russian army until the Germans took over, since they weren´t allowed to dock on Åland. After that the island has been a peaceful and happy place for fishermen.
With 10 inhabitants, one gravel-road, sea, sun and beautiful nature this place is definitely worth a visit! There goes a guided nature-path through the island and it´s also a popular camping destination. So pack up a tent, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, bikini and some cash and you have the perfect summer destination, voilà! Do a picnic on the cliffs, take a dive in the sea and get a tan, Finlands own Paradise Islands.
To get to Aspö, or the other islands, visit m/s Eivors (the name of the boat) website and check out the timetable. It is called the Utö-route, the harbor in Nauvoo is called Pärnäs, and it is possible to get to Pärnäs by car or bus. 

Nacho loves sailing, however putting sunscreen on the nose and ears is less pleasant... It´s a dogs life.