From Kotka you can travel back towards Helsinki, making a left turn in the town of Porvoo and traveling approximately 20 kilometres to Pellinge – a group of some 200 islands. Pellinge has been inhabited since the 1500s, and is today home to an active community of almost 300 people. More than 120 events are organized on the islands during the summer, including a midsummer festival, a children’s day, an agricultural flea market, boat competitions and an ancient fire dance. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops, as well as galleries selling handicrafts and other artworks.
Many people are drawn to Pellinge because the place was very dear to Tove Jansson, the creator of the Moomins and Finland’s most beloved writer and artist of all time. It is even possible to visit the small island of Klovharu, where Tove lived for more than 30 years. The cottage she built there can be rented for up to a week, although the waiting list may be a long one!
The Pellinge islands are served year-round by ferries that run multiple times per hour from early morning until late evening (see ferry timetable).