My aunt is a fan of the Moomins. She was introduced to them when we brought her along with us to Finland 2008. The moomin characters are created by Finnish illustrator/writer Tove Jansson. So the moomins are icons associated with Finland.
My husband’s mother came from Finland. So he and Tuwa go there yearly, to the family’s summer cottage.
We arrived from Stockholm to Finland very early. So we were in the old town Naantali – where Moomin world is – already at 8 am. We slept in the car for around two hours. We left the car at a free parking space, in a residential area, and walked some blocks, past a jetty, and crossed the bridge to Kailo island, where Moomin world has been in operation for 20 years.
The entrance fee for a one-day visit is 28 euros. It was perfect to come in the morning, since the entering crowd got thicker in the afternoon.
We started with breakfast, eating waffles on sticks that took too long to prepare. Once the waffle came, the stick broke and fell to the ground. So waited long for another to be prepared. At least we get the next one, free.
Then we watched a show starring Little My, Moomintroll and Stinky, etc, about a lost treasure. It was okay, but I am spoiled by the world-class Disney shows, so I think the Finns need more improvement when it comes to the shows.
But the rest of the visit was wonderful. My aunt and cousin liked walking around in the island, meeting different characters, and going inside the houses, caves, among others. Even my husband got busy having his photo taken with Hermulen.
We walked Toffle’s path, the witch’s labyrinth (and met her too), the Hattifatteners’ cave, the Groke’s house (which was a cave), but the highlight was the blueberry cylindrical house of the Moomins where visitors are allowed to see all five storeys. It’s a beautiful house. I even managed to join a tea party.
Moomin world doesn’t have rides, like other traditional theme parks. That makes it less crowded, I suppose, which is good for the smaller kids.
This is Tuwa’s third and last time to see Moomin world, as she is growing old. The first and second time she was with us and hubby’s mom and bonus grandfather.
We are glad that we have spent the last visit to the moomins with my aunt, the Moomin fan, and my cousin.
And well, who knows, we might all go to Moomin world in Japan? It’s opening in 2017.