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Find out why Åland has such a devoted fan club. The food culture is booming and the mesmerising archipelago charms in an instant. Discover the best attractions, hotels and activities here.

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1Hotel Pommern

Pommern is the most impressive hotel in Mariehamn. In 2015, the hotel was completely renovated, combining elegance and comfort, an objective successfully achieved. Your choices range from the high-quality Superior rooms to the fun Moomin room, with the chance of a good night’s sleep only a droopy eyelid away.

Pommern’s spacious lounge is particularly inviting in the evening, so pop in for a drink at the wine bar even if not a guest at the hotel. For dinner there’s no need to go further than the lobby, as the hotel’s own Kvarter 5 restaurant offers the city’s best dining experience, creatively incorporating Nordic ingredients into delicious dishes.

2Hotel Savoy

On a small street, amongst colourful houses and a row of linden tress, you’ll discover Hotel Savoy. The hotel’s warm reception and personal touch really set it apart, and the location could not be better. The cafés, shops and attractions at the centre of Mariehamn are all with walking distance, with the sea at the end of the street. The Savoy is a local gem the whole family will enjoy.

The hotel’s breakfast restaurant Bistro Savoy serves up delicious local cuisine, and its glass veranda is the perfect place to sit and observe local morning life. At breakfast, taste the hotel’s fresh apple juice and other Scandinavian treats. Remember to leave your greetings and comments in the lobby guestbook!

3Mariehamn

Mariehamn is a busy and vibrant harbour and maritime town, with so much going on one could regard it a mini-metropolis! Despite only 12,000 inhabitants, the town has so much to offer, from hiking trails and museums to shops and restaurants. The sea is everywhere you go and everything else is close at hand. Mariehamn is a delightful holiday destination where you don’t waste time moving from one place to the next. 

Wander through the small boutiques of Torggatan or explore the colourful life of Mariehamn’s side streets, and make an obligatory stop to the red waterfront storehouses and boathouses of the maritime quarter. Here, enjoy an introduction to boat making and iron forging, or just admire the traditional wooden boats and the maritime atmosphere. 

4Åland for Kids

Åland for kids is full of fun things to do throughout the year, indoors and out. At Mariebad swimming pools and spa there’s plenty of adventure, and on the play island Lilla Holmen you can get to know the small animals and lounge around on the swimming beach. In Åland’s Maritime Museum, you can explore maritime history. Climb the mast, see a real pirate’s flag and go on a treasure hunt with Ruby the ship’s rat! 

Travel in time with the kids on the historical tour of Kastelholms Slott. The castle, built in the 14th Century, will fascinate the whole family. Here, you’ll find out how King Gustav Vasa and Finland’s Duke John III both lived. Next to the castle is the Vita Björn prison museum as well as the outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, where you can get to know what life was like for common people in the 1800’s.

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5Åland Food Culture

Åland’s culinary offering ranges from snacks at quaint cafés to cordon bleu fine dining. Fresh ingredients come from local producers, so restaurants can often explain where the fish was caught, the bread was baked and who bottled the apple wine. 

The traditional Åland pancake is a real treat for the tongue, and the local apple jam and juice are worth buying as a souvenir or to take home. The beer from the small Stallhagen brewery has flavours of honey and blueberries. And no gourmet tourist to Åland should miss out on the taste sensations of Smakbyn. The grand old man of Åland’s culinary culture is Micke Björklund, who’s place is not just a restaurant but also a farm shop, distillery and wine cellar.

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6Åland’s Fishing Grounds

Wade through the coastal shallows or head out on the open sea – in Åland you’re guaranteed a good catch of both fish and scenery. Autumn is the best season for perch and pike, and in spring it’s easier to catch rainbow trout or whitefish. Whatever time of year you visit Åland, you’re sure to be hooked.

Whether an accomplished angler or heading out with rod in hand for the first time, packaged fishing trips making fishing much easier. Packages include everything from accommodation to fishing licenses, and a local fishing guide leads you to the best spots. To challenge the more competitive fisherman, there are fishing competitions organised every year. 

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7Åland’s Archipelago

Åland’s 6,700 islands and islets together form an island world, offering endless sights to see. Explore the environment with your own boat, by kayak or via a variety of organised excursions. Visitors can stay in lighthouses and pilot cabins, in fishing villages and on nature reserves. At least one must-see attraction is the former pilot station Kobba Klintar, located in front of Mariehamn, known as Åland’s statue of liberty. 

You can also reach the archipelago atmosphere by car or a bike, by heading, for example, in along Järsövägen to the south of Mariehamn. The beautiful archipelago road winds its way across little bridges to Järsö Island, where you are greeted with the dazzling sight of the archipelago sea. 

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