Åland - Ahvenanmaa

Åland is a quite special area of Finland. Located on the southwest coast of the Baltic Sea, between Finland and Sweden, the region is an archipelago formed by more than 6.500 island, from which about 60 are inhabited. Its population speaks Swedish as the only official language, they have their own government, their own flag, their own taxation system and even their own postage stamps.

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Åland enjoys a special status as an autonomous demilitarized region and this uniqueness is reflected in the culture and identity of the area, best reflected in Mariehamm, the only town found in the archipelago, which works as the international harbour halfway between Sweden and mainland Finland.

As it is sparsely populated, Aland is mainly home to little villages and hamlets that are scattered around its many islands. Its remote and wild, yet stunningly beautiful scenery makes it a very popular place to go hiking, fishing, or camping.

Located at the southern end of the Gulf of Bothnia, the islands offer plenty of activities for the adventurous, active, and nature loving travellers: from island-hopping to kayaking, fishing, golfing, bouldering, cycling, foraging or just relaxing by the sea-side Åland is definitely worth a visit.

The archipelago consists of more than 6 500 islands – most just rocky islets – and has 25 000 residents. Moving from one island to another is easy thanks to the many bridges and ferries that link the numerous islands together. The flat roads make Åland’s a terrific place for cycling holidays suitable for all levels, from professional cyclist to families. Bikes can either be brought over on the ferry or rented in Mariehamn.

Island hopping is a very popular activity on the region. With the the archipelago ferry visitors can go on a two-and-a-half-hour journey from Lumparland to Kökar, an isolated island where the ruins of a medieval Franciscan monastery can be found.


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