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Sirpa’s island and sauna tour for 20, duration 6 hours

At 13.00 we depart from Tampere Mustalahti Harbour on an island cruise.

On the way we will have a rustic meal, Sirpa’s soup lunch. Your own drinks (beer, wine) and snacks are welcome – there is no on-board licensing or sales.

At 14.30 we arrive at the island of Peronsaari. A nature trail around the small island in the rugged rocky landscape is a good start to the island programme.

An old wood-fired sauna is located on the western island on a rocky outcrop just off the beach. The sauna can hold ten people at a time. The sauna has a large pot of hot water for washing. There is no electricity on the island and no shower. A large group decides for itself in which order and in which outfit to take a sauna.

In between the sauna, swimming and nature walks, various games can be a nice and relaxing pastime, unless you are interested in fishing. Mölkky, petanque and darts are popular.

The outdoors does whet the appetite. All we have to do is to bake/grill the sausages brought by Sirpa (you can bring your own sausages, of course, if the basic lunch is not part of your diet).

Sirpa fries pancakes really well. There are several large frying pans on the island and enough covered space (not heated – except under the canopy on the side of the main building). The queue for the pancakes is usually never-ending. Sirpa is always amazed at the choice. Perhaps a part of the reason is the jams etc. she makes from berries she picks herself. After all, her food is all home-made local anyway – being the daughter of a farmhouse.

At 17.30 we untie the ropes and head for Tampere. On the way, Sirpa will make coffee and serve pies, etc. We’ll play music if we feel like it.

At 19.00 arrival at Mustalahti Harbour.

Price includes the boat, cruises and crew (6 hours), Sirpa’s caterer and catering for the whole trip. Sauna on the island.

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