Our packrafting adventure in the Hemavan Tärnby area started where the Kungsleden ends or begins. We had planned five days of which we hiked two days and paddled three days.
Some of the highlights of this trip were reindeer, eagles circling in the sky and a packraft which went down a waterfall.
Yesterday I was visiting the Tall Ships Races in Turku which will be the host city of 72 sailing ships over this weekend.
The Tall Ships Races is the largest sailing event in Europe with more than half a million visitors. The event is also part of Finland’s 100th anniversary celebration.
There have been also plenty of activities, concerts and restaurants along the Aura river and there will be also a firework on Saturday.
I also had the opportunity to walk on deck of the Shabab Oman II, which is a 87 metres long full-rigged ship. Here you can also watch a video how the ships leave Turku.
The last three days I have been on a bicycle trip together with Caj in the Archipelago National Park. This year we decided to travel along a new route which might probably replace the old route which I traveled last year with my bicycle.
There were two major differences - namely, there were more services on the way, but it was also more expensive to travel the new route.
The new route goes from Turku to Pensar, Korpoström, Aspö, Örö (which I also visited last year with my packraft) and then back to Kasnäs where you can either take the bus (around 20 EUR) or cycle back to Turku (around 90 km).
We arrived in Inshriach rather late on Friday (almost at midnight) and were met by Andy at the entrance from the main road. He welcomed us with a huge smile and indicated where we had to go and park our car and then showed Marta and me to where we would stay this weekend – the yurt.
Then he and Patrick disappeared into the darkness in the direction of what was described ‘the lower field’ where his huge group tarp was located - it was drizzling a bit and Patrick decided to make it his home.
I lit the fire in the stove and candle lanterns along the walls, while Marta unpacked our things, after which we climbed into our Victorian double bed and fell asleep to the pitter-patter of the raindrops over the canvas.
And this was the end of our first day in Scotland and the first day of a great Packrafting and Biking Weekend organized by Andy (a.k.a. backcountry.scot).