Life on the islands is certainly not always easy. Depending on the weather conditions and partly cut off from the mainland by ice, the winter is especially hard – or the transition period when the ice is not thick enough anymore to walk on, but too thick to travel by boat.
On Kaunisaari near Kotka I learn more about the way of life of the islanders in a museum and watched local works on handicraft stands and in art galleries. Near Porvoo are the Pellinge Islands, which have been inhabited since the 16th century and therefore have a lot to tell. In summer there are many different events taking place here, from a midsummer festival to boat races and agricultural flea markets.