Åland Islands Holidays

Åland Islands are an autonomous province of Finland, situated in the Baltic Sea, at the southern end of the Gulf of Bothnia between mainland Finland and Sweden. The Åland archipelago consists of around 6 500 islands, but only about 60 are inhabited. The language spoken here is Swedish. The capital and largest city is Mariehamn. ... Read more



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The Åland Islands are an intersection of two cultures: they are a Swedish-speaking series of 6,500 islands that belong to Finland. Still, this archipelago in the Gulf of Bothnia is autonomous, with its own local government. It is demilitarized, politically neutral, and boasts a vibrant local culture of its own. Food items such as the the Åland’s pancake--made with rice or semolina, and served with stewed plums--and the locally produced Kastleholm cheese, abound. One of the world’s most northern vineyards, Tjudö Vineyard, sells wine made in part with apples from their own trees. Signs on the islands are in Finnish and Swedish, but most residents only speak Swedish with a distinct accent.

Åland’s main form of transportation, biking, is a great way to learn the lay of the land. Since the ground is mostly flat, tourists can easily ride through the pastoral fields, past an iridescent sea and medieval ruins such as the Castle of Kastleholm. The main island, Mariehamn, is rife with local music events and outdoor markets.

Visiting these islands over the summer was a unique experience and I'd like to return sometime!

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