Easy to reach from the continent
Friendly town in the middle of the Baltic Sea
The castle, which originally was used as a defence stronghold, was founded in the end of the 1300's. The stronghold was then rebuilt at different times until the 1600's when it had become a castle with mainly an administrative function. At the end of the 1600's the castle was left to dilapidate. The castle has now been restored and is open for...more
The pedestrian street Torggatan has all the souvenir shops, cafés and restaurants you could wish for. The most pleasing thing to do here is just wander around the main street. The streets are attractively tree-lined and handsome houses to gawk at abound. There are a plethora of street cafés for a cooling beer.more
The fortress of Bomarsund is an exciting destination for an excursion. It was built in 1832 by the Russian army and the work continued until the fortress was overthrown during the Crimean War in 1854 when it was surrounded by 12,000 French soldiers and some 40 British war ships. Even though the battle ruined the fortress, it is still one of the...more
The castle of Kastelholm is the last surviving fortification in Åland. Dating back to the 14th century, the castle was greatly augmented in subsequent centuries. After being deposed, King Eric XIV of Sweden was held in darkness there in 1571. The castle was abandoned in the late 17th century. The 20th century reconditioning was done beautifully...more
The fortress of Bomarsund was built during the years 1832-1854. Aland was Russian at the time and the fortress was intended for the Russian contingents on the islands. The establishment was calculated for 5000 men, which by Aland standards was an enormous building project. It had a big impact on the Aland society and still today the expression "the...more
Nygatan 10-12, , Ã?land Island, 22100, Finland
Good for: Families
Strandgatan 31, , Aland, AX-22100, Finland
Good for: Solo
Norrgatan 8-10, Mariehamn, 22100, Finland
Good for: Business
Cafe La Strada is located next to the pedestrian street in the centre of Mariehamn. Here pizza, salads, hamburgers, A la Carte, etc are served. Today's lunch, with homely fare and fish every day, is served between 11.00-14.00. You may also order wine or a cold beer with your meal. You can choose a table indoors, in a pleasant glazed terrace or...more
You can hear live rock every night at Dino`s. When I was there house band played cover music from Chris Rea (Road to hell) to Deep Purple (Smoke on the water) and Black Sabbath (Paranoid). So sit down, enjoy the music and have a beer or two. The place is quite small so be early if you want good spot. It is rather popular among local young...more
Arken is special, there is a "nightclub" with live music on the weekends, during the week a Dj. Get ready for everykind of music, mostly 1980-90s pop. There is also a Casino and a pub. People get wild on Arken.Upstairs In the restaurant you can have something nice to eat and listen to a live band, or dance to everything from valse to rocknroll. So...more
In June 2008 we use Viking Line from Turku (Abo) to Mariehamn, we were with our own car. There is a ferry from Stockholm to Mariehamn and back to Turku.http://www.vikingline.fi/index.asp?lang=enI think it's better to rent a car for the whole route.Have a nice time at Alands, it's a realy nice and beautiful place!more
The most common way to travel to Aland from Finland or Sweden is to take a ferry. There are couple of main companies (Silja Line, Viking Line, Eckero Line) which are carrying passengers to Aland. Nowadays ships are big entertaining centres. You can spend your time playing pokies, eating in restaurants, watching bands, participating to karaoke or...more
Åland and Mariehamn are easily reached by boat. Daily lines from Helsinki And Stockholm arrive to Mariehamn at night. Day ferries from Turku and Stockholm take only up to 6 hours. Ferry from Grisslehamn (Swe) to Eckerö takes 2 hours. You can also drive through islands and use small ferries, and the route is so beatiful!!!more
The islands have been autonomous since 1921, and have their own parliament with rights to pass legislation in certain areas that concern the islands. Since 1954, the Åland Islands have had their own flag and since 1984, their own stamps. Otherwise Finnish law and governmental policies apply on the islands. Today anyone with a regional citizenship from the islands is freed from compulsory military service and no troops are allowed to be stationed in the islands.
bring warm clothes in the winter, gloves and something for your head
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: if you come here in the summer, bring mosquito repellent or buy it here, you are going to need it
Miscellaneous: take a lot of money with you, its expencive here
Kastelholm Slott is a easy daytrip from Marienham.Go there by bus nr. 4, 35 minutes, not a lot of connections, the last bus back is at 6.39 pm wekdays, 5.39 pm saturdays and 5 pm sundays, you will have to walk 500 m from the first possible bus stop and 400 m from the second possible bus stop. Both stops have signs, the second also signs for info...more
Eckero market at the market place in Storby is a popular meeting place every Wednesday during summer. Starting at Midsummer till late August the market provides handcrafts, local products, fish, bread, vegetables, art objects, souvenirs and everything else a good market should provide. Refresments and activities to children (horseback riding). Open...more
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For the first time in 26 years IFK Mariehamn is playing Finnish Nationwide division one in season 2004. The crowd was fantastic when IFK met Mikkeli in 7.7.2004. Although Mikkeli managed to snach victory the home crowd cheared `till the end of the game.
Quiet honestly I have never seen an Åland number plate elsewhere except on Åland, but there are only some 27.000 Ålanders around. All cars licenses have their own number plates even though the cars are actually registered in Finland.
Taxis additionally display the name of the driver or the name of the car, making it easy to recall the car if you have forgotten something or wish to have the same driver again.