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