We met Johanna Molin for the first time in December 2012 when we visited the STX shipyard in Turku, Finland. While she passionately guided us through the newbuilding Viking Grace we knew right away we met one very special lady. In 2013 we sailed on the freshly-delivered ferry and got to know another side of Johanna, the one of a very competent cruise director. We are very happy she wanted to share her love for the sea on our blog.
My name is Johanna, and I am a child of the sea. Since early age I have spent all my summers in the beautiful Archipelago of Finland, more precisely on an island situated in the southwest area of Korppoo. My first boat ride alone I took from that island to the guest harbor to buy some ice cream at the age of six, and since then exploring the nearby islands has been my summertime hobby.
My first boat ride from island to guest harbor
The Finnish Archipelago is magical every time of the year. Spring makes the nature come alive with the ices breaking and by finally bringing the music of the seabirds after the quiet winter. In the summer hundreds of families arrive to their cottages on the shores and islands, sailboats crisscross the fairway making it possible to sail around the clock while enjoying the light summer nights of our northern hemisphere. The green summer with blue skies changes in the autumn to a firework of colors as the nature starts preparing for the silent and snowy winter. Unfortunately exploring it with a smaller motorboat or sailboat in the wintertime is impossible because of the thick ice we usually get around these latitudes. There is always the possibility of skiing or even driving to the island by car, but thanks to the ice-classed cruise ships, operating between Turku and Stockholm, one can easily explore the Archipelago from a birds perspective also during the cooler season.