What to do and see in Aland Island, Finland: The Best Places and Tips

October 5, 2017 Natalie Tallman

The Åland Islands or Åland (Swedish: Åland, IPA: [ˈoːland]; Finnish: Ahvenanmaa) is an archipelago province at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea belonging to Finland. It is autonomous, demilitarised and is the only monolingually Swedish-speaking region in Finland. It is the smallest region of Finland, constituting 0.49% of its land area and 0.50% of its population.
Restaurants in Aland Island

1. Aland Maritime Museum

Hamngatan 2, Mariehamn, Aland Island 22100, Finland +358 18 19930
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

Aland Maritime Museum

A visit to the Aland Maritime Museum is exciting for children and adults alike. The Exhibitions are filled with dramatic stories and fantastic objects, such a genuine 18th century pirate’s flag. There are also lots of interactivities, such as a climbing mast, a bridge simulator and a karaoke. Seadog, landlubber or in between - Aland Maritime Museum has something for everybody.

Reviewed By AlterSchwede13 - Boblingen, Germany

We are extremely impressed how maritim history is arranged here. Especially kids will experience fun in facts and history. You see original parts of ships. Arranged over three floors. Facts which are different from pther maritim museums: e.g. the women on board, family, history till the 70th., and and and.
Absolutely worth to visit. Note: currently you pay one entry and can come back for free one more time. Nice offer.

2. Museumship Pommern

Hamngatan 2, Mariehamn, Aland Island 22100, Finland +358 18 19930
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4.5 based on 157 reviews

Museumship Pommern

The museumship Pommern is the world’s only 4-masted sailing ship still in its original state. On board you can explore the ship from hold to charthouse. The ship is a part of the Aland Maritime Museum, an exciting museum for children and adults alike. The Exhibitions are filled with dramatic stories, fantastic objects and lots of interactivities. The Aland Maritime Museum is open all year round, the museumship Pommern between May and September.

Reviewed By Muhammad S - Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you are a ship lover specially the the old ships with sails this is the place you will find yourself most appropriately walking down the memory lane. The Museum has some rare and old exhibit of original navigational aids and items related to maritime era of challenging ocean going vessels.
The lay out of the Museum is very convenient and the ticket will include a visit to the Great ship Pommern with chance to visit the Captain's cabin and the cabins for all the seamen that may keep you wondering how difficult and harsh condition these seamen would have faced.You will also get a chance to put your hand on the captains wheels, a great chance to get photographed. It is advisable to carry your camera with you to record the history and your visit.The Musemum visit might take couple of hours depending upon your interest however you will need about 2-3 hours on the ship.
Once you have completed your visit you may stroll along the green esplanade and have coffee in the nearby cafes.

3. Kastelholms Slott

Kungsgards Allen 68, Sund, Aland Island 22530, Finland +358 18 432150
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4 based on 102 reviews

Kastelholms Slott

Reviewed By Siiri K

It is one of the must visits in Åland. We only saw the castle from outside, but it was still worth it.

4. Bomarsund Fortress

Sund, Aland Island 22530, Finland +358 18 432134
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4 based on 83 reviews

Bomarsund Fortress

Reviewed By AdventureUnlimited01 - Washington

The amount of time you spend here will depend on your interest level. You can see the basics in 1/2 or you can stay 2+ hours and enjoy a picnic by the sea. We took the #4 bus there from downtown Mariehamn and had 2 hours before the next bus we had a very nice stroll around. It was interesting to see where the fortress had been fired upon. It's amazing seeing the ruins that are left.

5. Kastelholm

Sund, Aland Island, Finland +358 18 432120
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Kastelholm

Reviewed By johannasalla - Vantaa, Finland

We visited the Castle on Sunday, so there was no restaurant or evev a cafe nearby. The castle is repaired and there was a guided tour. Nearby there is a rural museum and an old jail (now museum). Worth visiting while in Åland.

6. Kobba Klintar

Kobba Klintar, Mariehamn, Aland Island 22100, Finland +358 45 73135160
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Kobba Klintar

Old pilot station, museum and cafe.

Reviewed By Robin R - Brussels, Belgium

I visited Kobba Klintar one freezing cold day in November. Although the café was closed, the upshot was having the little island all to myself and appreciating its isolation. It's nice to wander around, watch the huge Ferries sailing past, and contemplate the beauty of nature. At first, it's easy to mistake the carefully placed two life-size statues for real people.

7. Lilla holmen

Mariehamn, Aland Island, Finland
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4 based on 32 reviews

Lilla holmen

Reviewed By Vandieman111 - Adelaide, Australia

This is a nice peaceful place for a stroll with a lovely beach - but I am not so sure about the animal/bird exhibits though. The peacocks are certainly beautiful but the cages are very small.

8. Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum

Fiskelaget, Eckero, Aland Island 22270, Finland +358 18 38299
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum

Reviewed By Heather D - Helsinki, Finland

Take your time and browse the extensive exhibits - you'll find plenty examples of hunting and fishing equipment, along with stories of earlier times.
For those interested in more modern equipment, there is one area set aside for an impressive collection of boat outboards.
Well stocked museum shop also.

9. Eckero Post & Tullhus

Eckero, Aland Island, Finland +358 3 581838420
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Eckero Post & Tullhus

Reviewed By KEITH P - Southwest Finland, Finland

We visited this establishment on the occasion of an art exhibition. It was the second visit having been several years previously. Sadly the attraction lacks that certain ingredient that categorises it as 'must-see'.
The building itself is a grand testament to the architect, but the cafe facilities have little or no real choices for the visitor who wants to spend time: some of the cakes on display appeared to be far beyond the best-before date and the other shops and 'touristic' outlets really did not relate to the actual purpose of the building. Interesting but a little disappointing.

10. The Maritime Quarter

Osterleden 110, Mariehamn, Aland Island 22100, Finland +358 40 5283899
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The Maritime Quarter

Reviewed By JariJK - Kouvola, Finland

The Maritime Quarter (Sjökvarteret) is a very nice place especially if the weather is good. You see old wooden boathouses here. If you are lucky, you may even watch boat-building activities. There are also a museum (e.g. hot-bulb engines and old marine engines), a seafarers' chapel, a restaurant named Pub Niska and some handicraft or jewel boutiques here. It is free to walk here and watch historical buildings or beautiful views. We loved this place although it is quite small.

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