The Essentials of (Summer) Cottage Life
The cottage is an institution in Finland. In the holiday seasons, Finns flock to the countryside for quietness and relaxation at cosy hideouts.
Often situated by water or fells, cabins and cottages are an essential element in Finnish life that provide a physical and mental getaway from the daily grind. Forgetting the everyday worries is inevitable in retreats amid the country’s greatest resource: its rugged natural beauty.
– For me, going to the cottage is an essential part of every vacation. Only there I can feel totally relaxed, says Kata Juurikkala, a young woman from southern Finland. She spends her holidays at her grandmother’s cottage in Finnish Lakeland.
THE ART OF DOING NOTHING
Cottage life in Finland is about appreciating the “art of doing nothing” – sitting on a jetty dipping your toes in the water beats staring at a computer screen any day of the week.
– It’s all about being close to my family and friends. What I’m actually doing there is secondary, says Kata.
Good food, a lot of it barbecued, is a central element when residing at the summer retreat. Relaxed parties with friends and family remind what life really is about – having a good time with the most important people in your life.
WHEN YOU NEED TO DO AT LEAST SOMETHING
Common activities at summer cottages include boating, canoeing, yard games, fishing and the inevitable sauna.
– I love to spend my days at the cottage picking berries and making some delicious pies. For me, fresh homemade food represents Finnish summer at its best, Kata adds.
In the rush and crush of modern life, the rarities are what we value most, such as space, quiet and time. The space to breathe, a time to dream… you can find these treasures in Finland, where the lakes are many and the people are few.