We were in Copenhagen yesterday enjoying the spring blossom trees and all of a sudden we were asking "is that blossom or snow?"
It was snow.
It was such a beautiful and magical moment but it made us realise that it was a cold spring up this way and our journey up to Umea was perhaps a little too early in the year. Even just a couple of weeks later would be better but, coming from Glasgow, we'd rather avoid the cooler weather as much as possible because we’ve totally had enough of it.
Our new journey is actually way more exciting and we're wondering why we didn't plan it this way in the first place. We'll make our way over to Stockholm and get a ferry to the Åland Islands.
What's that? What are the Åland Islands? I know, I'd never heard of them either.
They're a group of islands, an archipelago, in the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia which belong to Finland but most people speak Swedish. We can island hop our way over to Finland, save ourselves some days which we'll need later on in the trip but not shy away from staying in the cooler climate for a little longer.
So that's our new plan. It puts up ahead of ourselves by about 2 weeks, but we'll definitely need that buffer when the terrain gets more mountainous or we have to wait for a ferry from Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan so it's certainly not time lost. It also gave us that spare and unplanned day off in Hamburg which we really needed, but without adding stress.
So why don't you go and read about the Åland islands? Every day is a school day...
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