Miko the Kitty
: The Åland Islands form in the Baltic Sea one of the world’s largest archipelagos. With its 6,500 islands, many of which are inhabited, the Swedish-speaking autonomous region of Finland has always new ways to impress its visitors. Whether in winter, when you can sometimes ice-skate all around Mariehamn, or summer, when people head to the beach, there are always different activities to do on the islands.
Åland is known for its extensive area and unspoiled scenery even during July when it is high season on the islands. Apart from the summer, the rest of the year is relatively a time of total stillness, which is ideal for rest and relaxation.
During summer visitors can enjoy long days of sunlight which can span in midsummer, typically between June 21 and June 24, to almost 19 hours. At this time of the year the sun typically rises at 3:30 am and sets at about 10 pm. The winter, although it carries with it very short days, is known for its snow that enigmatically lights up the landscape.
Activities on the island are diverse and for all types of persons. If you enjoy sports, you might want to hike through Åland’s beautiful woods and extensive meadows, cycle along countless paths while enjoying the landscape, surf on the waves of idyllic beaches, dive to a well-preserved wreck and even kayak around the islands. Kayaking alone offers one of the best ways to discover the archipelago.
In addition Mariehamn, Åland’s capital city, is the center of cultural activities for those who enjoy a more cultural holiday. Listen to live music in the many bars, restaurants and cafés of the town, watch plays, visit art exhibitions and be part of Åland’s many festivals that take place all year long. Moreover Åland cuisine offers its visitors a wide variety of local fresh produce. Fish dishes are one of the islands’ speciality with rich black bread, staple traditional pancakes with their classical accompaniments prune purée and whipped cream, being as famous. Other delicacies include ripe and creamy cheeses, Stallhagen beer, products made with apple or sea-buckthorn (the berries of this shrub), and the Ålanders’ “hemvete” bread.
This and much more awaits you on Åland. Welcome to the Åland experience.