|The house is traditionally decorated with silver birch branches.|
The festivities started almost as soon as we settled in on Midsummer's Eve. Wood-buring sauna was followed by champagne, and lots and lots of food.
|Some of the food we consumed last night.|
|Smoked salmon cheesecake made by my mother. It was more than delicious.|
|Various types of cold smoked fish.|
|This was the starters...I kid you not.|
|Schnapps to go with the fish.|
We sat outside drinking schnapps and beer with various herring and other fish dishes - gravad lax, cold smoked salmon and whitefish, singing drinking songs and generally having a jolly old time.
|Traditional Åland decoration for midsummer.|
As we walked down to the sauna cottage - our sleeping quarters for the holiday - the Englishman and I just could not believe how light it was at midnight.
|The sun was just setting at midnight.|
|Our view as we finally made our way to the sauna cottage.|
|Same view at three am today.|