Åland Travel Guide

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    map of Aland archipelago
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Åland Things to Do

  • Finström

    In Finström, a very beautiful church in the typical local grey stone is dedicated to St. Michael, and is one of the finest in the whole archipelago, with its frescos and exquisite wood inlay decoration.

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  • Sund

    In another of the islands, Sund, a a substantial number of treasures of the archipelago are to be found. Among these is the ancient castle of Kastelholm, the origins of which are said to go back to the 14th century. It was a building of enormous strategic importance during the period of Swedish rule. Far more recent are the ruins of the...

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  • Eckerö

    A sight which should not be missed is the island of Eckerö. This tourist spot is only two hours from Sweden, and the most westerly municipality of Finland. It has a splendid post office, built on the orders of Alexander II and designed by the architect Engel.

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  • See the capital Mariehamn

    The capital of the archipelago is Mariehamn, a name deriving from Maria, the wife of Czar Alexander II, who gave orders for the townto be founded in1861. In the main street is the fascinating Aland museum, which illustrates the life and history of the islands right up to our own times. At the end of the street, near the town's western harbour, we...

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  • Stone Age Village

    In the valley between the hills of Saltvik, there is a rare stone age village, and a visit to this helps to understand the life of primitive inhabitants of the Aland, when they lived in huts, used stone axes, and moved from island to island by canoes made of hollowed-out logs.

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  • Orrdalsklint

    The most imposing point among the islands is Orrdalsklint, in the Saltvik area, which reaches a height of about 420 feet. One can get to the top and from the wooden guard tower placed there admire a splendid view of surrounding archipelago.

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  • Let the churches tell their tale

    There are twelve medieval stone-built churches in Åland. That’s an impressive number, when you think of the size of the population in those days. Each one has its own unique design, but they are all constructed in red Åland granite. Another thing they have in common is that they are all located in beautiful natural surroundings. All except one were...

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  • Museums in the archipelago

    A trip out into the smaller islands of Åland’s archipelago offer a wide range of experiences. This is where you’ll find the sea, beautiful scenery and plenty of interesting museums to visit. Vårdö is home to the Seffers homestead from the 18th century, which has been restored to its original condition inside and out. The Åland School Museum is also...

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  • Discover Åland’s history

    There are around 50 museums and attractions to discover on Åland. One of the best known sights is Åland’s only medieval castle, Kastelholm Castle. Åland was a Swedish castle countywith Kastelholm as its centre from the early 15th century to 1634. During that time, the castle was visited by several great men, such as Gustav Vasa and Duke John....

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  • Take a hike

    There are plenty of paths and hiking trails in Åland, in a variety of settings and for walkers and hikers of all abilities. Some of them are nature trails with signposted information about the local flora and fauna, while others provide insights into Åland’s history and culture. Åland’s paths and trails range from easy to moderate in terms of...

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  • Try the Aland pancakes!

    Aland pan-kakas (don't be disturbed by the name!) are different from the one's you may be used to - small, but very rich and thick, decorated and covered with jam or chocolate. Worth a try!

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  • First

    I came to Aland with brochure which I request via email , they sent it for me via post before I start my trip 2 months in advance...it's very nice! I found out the office was closed when I arrived but I could get the map of Mariehman from the box in front of the office so I had no chance to say thank you for their help.

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Åland Restaurants

  • Nautical environment

    This is in Mariehamn , a few streets away from the ship from which it takes its name. However it is based on the ship and rigging ropes and photos are everywhere.We can vouch for the gravad lax [on Åland black bread], fish soup and pike perch.The cooking is of high standard and the prices are not low but certainly not outrageous. The pike perch is...

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  • Dont miss Aland PanCake

    This recipe was published by the Åland Tourist Bureau. I bought 1 postcard with the recipe but it is in Finnish ( I guess ) so I found the other in english and This recipe was published by the Åland Tourist Bureau,from Göran Ekstrand's Café Julius, which is apparently famous for it (though it's a traditional food on the island). egg2.5 Tbsp...

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  • Local specialties

    We just wanted to have a taste of some local products before arriving, and my friend Bridget just fell in love with this cheese. Elk cheese mixed with elk ham if I well remember...Delicious on crakers ;-)

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Åland Transportation

  • Coming to Åland by boat?

    A nice way getting to Åland is by boat. Åland is an archipelago of over 6,000 islands in the Baltic Sea. Constitutionally, it is a Swedish-speaking autonomous province of Finland. Sea travel is a vital part of Åland's economy and a major local employer. The main ports are located at the capital Mariehamn, at Berghamn and at Långnäs on the east...

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  • Buses on the main island.

    There is a limited amount of urban transportation in Mariehamn, which is free.Then there are five bus routes across the main island and Vardo from Mariehamn [not free.]Route 1 goes to Eckerö at the north-west with its amazingly big postal house and museum, museum of hunting and fishing and terminal of the Eckerö line, the shortest crossing from...

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  • FREE ferries.

    These ferries are only automatically free to pedestrians, though motorists may qualify if they stop overnight at one of hte smaller islands. They are the Province's own transport. and I strongly advise checking with the phone number below when you think you know what you want.There are many smaller ferries between the islands but there are four...

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Åland Shopping

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    by thelittlevoice Written Sep 1, 2003

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    This place sells a lot of stuff from clothes to souvenirs.

    According to the lady at the tourist information center "this street is full of shops". For someone like me who is from the paradise of shopping place like Bangkok, there weren't that much!

    What to pay: It depends on what you want to buy!

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Åland Local Customs

  • The language.

    Åland is a part of Finland, but here on the island between Sweden and Finland all the inhabitants speak Swedish as a motherlanguage. It has belonged to Sweden before, and that is one reason they speak Swedish.

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  • Midsummer Poles

    Midsummer is a major event in Scandinavia, and in Aland they decorate midsummer poles and have a big party. Every settlement has it's own pole. I arrived long after midsummer and missed seeing the poles in full regalia.

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Åland Warnings and Dangers

  • Ticks!

    A summer in Åland without mosquitoes, wasps or ticks is nearly impossible! Beware of ticks especially when you pick mushrooms or berries in the wild. They are hard to spot and you may or may not feel it immediately. Get it off quickly but make sure you get the head out as well. Bring adequate supply of mosquito/insect repellant as well as after...

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  • Eckerö Line ferries

    Yikes! What a horrible way to spend two hours. The ferry was crowded. Most of the people on it were pushy and rude. It took all of my strength not to fire at least one bastard through the window. Worse yet, they're not even going to Åland! They get off the ferry, turn around and get right back on. All they wanted was the duty-free booze. Idiots....

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Åland Tourist Traps

  • Journey of just ONE DAY on the Aland...

    Getting to the Aland islands (Finland) from Grisslehamn (north of Stockholm, Sweden) is really easy and cheap, BUT, be careful if, as I had done, you plan to go just for one day, especially on saturday when you imagine being somewhere during the touristic season on a saturday will offer you plenty of things to do... The Eckero-Lijnen have 5...

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  • Mariehamn

    OK, so you'll probably have to pass through here if you come to Åland, but move on quickly. The centre isn't quaint, it's commercialized. Boring tourists doing boring touristy things. To truly appreciate a visit to Åland, head out into the countryside. Small villages and middle of nowhere spots are the real Åland. At least try some local food and...

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Åland Off The Beaten Path

  • Sea Eagles

    At Herroskaten, on the southern tip of the island of Lemland, is an observation tower worth visiting for the view alone. The bonus is that the sea nearby is visited by White-tailed Eagles - magnficent birds which are difficult to find in most of Europe. The booklet "Aland Nature", obtainable from the tourist office in Mariehamn, provides a good...

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  • A gem of an island - Kökar

    From Mariehamn the Southern Archipelago ferries are reached by a lovely bus ride for about half an hour to Längnas, which is quite an active little place as there are other ferries there as well.The route is delightful and includes Aland and Finland's smallest settlement of Sottunga. We knew we should only be eating what we were carrying that night...

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  • Stop a truck !!

    Well, we actually had to hurry back to the harbour to catch our ferry connection to Turku, and I couldn't ride fast enough to be there on time... sooooooooooo the only solution was to kindly ask a truck driver if he could drive me and my friend Bridget, who nicely insisted on accompanying me, to drive us and the bikes to the harbour. We arrived on...

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Åland Favorites

  • Tourist Info Center

    If you don't know what to do on the island, just visit the information center first. They're really helpful. You can use the Internet for free there. The toilet is also clean. They also sell stamps here. Storagatan 8, 22100 MariehamnTel. +358 18 24000 Fax +358 18 24265e-mail: info@turist.aland.fi

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  • Churches on Aland

    There are about sixteen very nice medieval churches on Aland. Most of them are build with Åland granite. In my opinion, the most beautyful one is in Finström and was build in the 13th century.The ten most famous churches are located at:Marienhamn, Jomala, Finström, Sund, Geta, Hammarland, Eckerö, Saltvik, Lemland and LumparlandThe churches in...

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  • Tourist Information

    The address of the tourist office in Mariehamn is:Ålands TuristinformationStoragatan 8, 22100 Mariehamn, +358 18 24000email: info@turist.aland.fi Open:1.9-31-5 Mo-Fr 9-16, 1.9-31.10 & 1.3-31.5 Sa 10-15, 1.11-29.2 Sa closed.Summer-open:1.6-17.6 & 18.8-31.8 Mo-Fr 9-17, Sa-Su 9-16, 18.6-17.8 every day 9-18.

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The best way to see the sights is on a bike!
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Eckerö Ferry
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Beautiful landscape
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