Sights on Åland
On Åland there is a lot to see and experience on a small area. The main island of Åland is only 45 km from north to south and 50 km from east to west. This makes it easy to travel around and discover the entire island. A sightseeing tour in the island kingdom offers everything from medieval castles in Kastelholm and the shipping town Mariehamn with the sailing ship Pommern to all interesting museums and the beautiful archipelago. You also do not want to miss experiencing the art, craft and design of Åland.
- Åland Maritime Museum and S/V Pommern
Pommern is the world’s only large sailing vessel that has been maintained in its original state, so sign on for a voyage through time and space. On board you can explore the whole ship from hold to charthouse.
Discover and experience the Åland Maritime Museum. Enjoy the interactive exhibitions, where thrilling stories and fantastic objects bring to life Åland’s maritime heritage in a brand new way. Climb a mast, call into port or go on a treasure hunt with Ruby the ship’s rat.
- SALT and the Maritime Quarter
In the eastern harbour of Mariehamn you will find the Maritime Quarter, a living marine centre with boat building activity, a smithy and other handicrafts and a marina for traditional ships and wooden boats. SALT is a living and lively crafts house run by six designers and co-owners of SALT. In the shop you will find things made of textiles, silver, ceramics, wood and iron.
- Smart Park
July 2015 witnessed the opening of the new Smart Park. The name comes from the idea that you’ll be a bit smarter after a visit to Smart Park even though you do nothing but play and enjoy your day. Smart Park focuses on what is unique to Åland - highlighting the local community, history and means of livelihood. Smart Park is a place for creative and interactive experiences with an emphasis on playing. Smart Park is a great park for the whole family to experience.
Smakbyn is situated in Åland’s cultural cradle near Kastelholm Castle and Jan Karlsgården open air museum. They serve lunch and dinner made of locally produced ingredients, and have a farm shop to visit. Smakbyn also have a distillery and conference facilities. Tastings and guided tours are arranged in the distillery.
The castle of Kastelholm
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 visitors.
If you are interested in history, Åland offers many fine sights. The cultural sights are especially close to each other in the municipality of Sund. Here you can for example visit the fortress ruins of Bomarsund, the Kastelholm castle and Jan Karlsgårdens open air museum. In the archipelago we can recommendthe museum farm Hermas.
Don’t forget to visit the churches in Åland. There are a total of 16 churches in the island world and many of them are medieval. The church in Jomala is one of the oldest preserved stone churches in Finland. The youngest is S:t Görans Church in Mariehamn from 1927.
Take a guided tour when you visit Åland and discover all that the island world has to offer, maybe in the company of a skilled guide. A tour guide helps you find the golden nuggets and together you will visit all the interesting sights. You can also make a boat excursion, go kayaking och hiking or sample Åland’s own beer.