The schools have closed, graduation parties are over, and June has arrived. It's the time when the archipelago's cows and sheep are taken out to summer pastures on islands and skerries to help with landscape management during the summer months. Boaters have launched their vessels and are now enjoying the waves and leisure in their cockpits and galleys.
Long bright evenings and nights, sauna baths, and delicious locally produced food. Troubadour evenings, weddings, and family celebrations. For many of us, summer in the archipelago is the highlight of the year. It's when we recharge our batteries for the darker seasons and enjoy social gatherings and the closeness to the archipelago's nature. The beloved new potatoes of the archipelago appear in early June on market squares and store shelves in the archipelago villages. Guest harbours light up their smokehouses, and summer guests arrive at their cottages, and prepare for midsummer and vacations.