Apr 11, 2013

Plans for the season 2013: Jurmo


It was about fifteen years ago when I first visited Jurmo, one of the southernmost inhabited islands in the outer archipelago of Turku. I instantly fell in love with this barren island, located close to the open sea. However, it took ten years before I had a chance to visit the island for the second time in 2008. After that, I have visited Jurmo twice in 2009 and 2010, but unfortunately, during the last two seasons we have spent less time cruising in the southern archipelago. Thus, in the coming season one of the main goals is sailing to Jurmo  especially as Minna has not been there before.

The distance from our homeport is about 50 nm, so one can even make the journey during the weekend if the conditions are right. However, the nature on the island is so unique that one could easily spend a week just photographing there. Thus, it would be nice to have a bit more relaxed schedule.

Jurmo is one of the most popular harbours in the outer Archipelago and one can expect to find the harbour full in July. Thus, if one wants to experience the more original and tranquil face of Jurmo, the best time for visiting is early summer or August/September. In 2009, I visited the island as early as May, when there were only two other boats overnighting in the harbour. Although planned (and tried) many times, the autumn in Jurmo is yet to be experienced.

Jurmo is part of the third Salpausselkä, which is a moraine ridge system, formed during the ice age. The long rocky beaches on this five kilometres long island offers great walks and there are several walking trails on the island. However, the western part of the island should not be accessed during the bird nesting time. The landscape on the island is barren and almost treeless; for me it has the same rugged attraction as northern Lapland has.

More info on Jurmo at outdoors.fi
/Antti

S/Y Iida-Klaara in Jurmo (June, 2008) 

Kilometres long rocky beaches on the island

The small chapel is from 1846  



How many alpacas can you spot from the image?

2 comments:

  1. Jurmo rocks. Literally. One thing to note is that in high winds, the harbour is extremely uncomfortable because there is no wind shelter but the breakwater. Also the the piers are set wrong way relative to the prevailing winds – if it blows from NW as it usually does, it might be very difficult to leave or moor especially if there are a lot of boats. See http://balticsailing.blogspot.fi/2012/08/jurmo-magical-island-close-to-sea.html – last year we spent an additional day there because we couldn't get off...

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  2. That's a good point Timo, I haven't actually thought about the piers being in wrong position. Maybe because, it has been off-season when I have stayed in the harbour, so there has been plenty of vacant places to choose the best one relative to the wind. Actually, now that you pointed it out, I recall some trouble (it was 2010) when motoring into the berth due to the northwesterly wind blowing over the low-flying island and nearby islets. I missed the buoy and had some fun time trying to reverse back to the starting position. And DD is definitely not the most agile boat to maneuver astern in tight quarters, especially if there is wind.

    But I think that extra day in Jurmo is not too bad, if the wind is too strong!

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It would be very great to hear your opinion or comments. Thank you in advance for commenting! -Antti & Minna