Summer and sunshine are very important for Scandinavians due to the short summer or few warm days in the regions. For instance it would be a lucky year if there are three to four months of warm days (with 20degrees or above) in Southern Finland. Like in 2015, it was a really bad year with cold summer and with only one to two months of warmth. Therefore Scandinavians treasure sunny days a lot that they go outdoors after work, or some would prefer to work at home (outdoors) and get some chances of having more sunlight.
Lakes and archipelago are the most famous things in Finland. There are over 180,000 each of lakes and islands at different sizes and the population is only five millions in the country. Owning or renting cottages along lakeside and in archipelago is common for Finns to spend weekends and summer holidays. Finns will normally have BBQ and drinks, and of course traditional Finnish sauna when they are at the cottages. Besides, Finns are generally nature-oriented. Forest is occupying 70% of the land which is also well-known in the world. Finns love different kinds of activities in the forest, like hiking, jogging, cycling, orienteering. You can see them picking different kinds of berries and mushrooms at different times of summer and autumn.
Today is a religious holiday in Finland. It was surprisingly warm by beginning of May with almost 20 degrees. I of course took the chance to go outdoor for picnic and enjoyed the early summer sunshine. The place I went is called Skatanniemi, a cape with open sea view 20km from Helsinki downtown. It was quite easy to reach there by simply taking the metro to the terminal and changing to a bus for another 5 minutes. You can choose to walk for the 1.5km and skip the bus. After that, just walked along the forest path for 1.5km from the bus stop next to seashore and the destination was reached.
It was just too easy to spend two, three hours there for picnic. Simply sitting there under thesunlight having some snacks, drinking some simple white wine and whiskies, watching different species of bird, listening the waves hitting the rocks, enjoying the sea breeze blowing towards you- all the natures that can be found there. You can forget all the luxury goods, expensive wines and complicated life in that scenario.
Life can be that simple and happiness can be that easy!