Six months ago in North Karelia, at midwinter, three days before the winter solstice we became a family of three. Baby pirate A (for Awesome?) arrived on December 18th, 2017. Since then the three of us have been on quite an adventure; Living the winter at the fells of Pyhätunturi in Lappland, being on the road around the country for six weeks, until finally settling for the summer on the beautiful island of Högsåra in the archipelago of Hitis.
In early January while we were settling in our new home for the winter at Pyhätunturi the days were short - at the same time our friends more up north were enjoying the end of the polar night, more than one month when the sun doesn't rise above the horizon at all.
In early may when visiting friends in Inari, 260km north from Pyhätunturi, the day length was already coming close to the midnight sun - the time of the year when the sun stays above the horizon for more than 24 hours. Up there it lasts for two months, from 21st of May to 21st of July.
Taking a detour while heading south, to one of our favourite places in the world - Koli National Park. Oh how it felt good to be back - last time we climbed up here it was me who carried baby Pirate A, only three weeks before she was born.
Leaving from the very north of Finland (Inari) in early May, arriving more than 1500 km and a week later to our cottage on Kimito island, in the very south of the country. Having witnessed winter turn in to summer in just a few days - coming from snow to green grass and blossoming trees, it was time to take a rest.
Two days after the summer solstice (21.6.2018) Finland celebrated midsummer and we ended our first week at the island of Högsåra. A good time to reflect on the past half a year, what an adventure it has been... The best journey so far, and it has only just begun.