Christmas buffets in Åland introduce a traditional Christmas buffet with an archipelago twist. The local buffet draws inspiration from both Sweden and Finland. But smoked perch, pine tar marinated herring and shoemaker’s salmon are Åland dishes that give the Christmas buffet extra spice. New for this year is the Christmas tapas buffet at Oliven Restaurant & Bar.
Guests from Sweden and Finland alike meet both new and familiar tastes and scents of Christmas at the traditional Åland Christmas buffet. Finland’s contribution to the Åland Christmas buffet is oven-baked casserole dishes such as carrot bake, turnip bake and potato bake. Visitors from the Swedish side will be familiar with ham and sausages. But pigs’ trotters, à la daube and brawn get to give way to all of the archipelago’s fish dishes.
Restaurant Nautical – Christmas buffet with fantastic view
You’ll find one of the Ålanders’ most popular Christmas buffets at the restaurant Nautical, Finland’s seventh best restaurant according to the White Guide Nordic 2016. This restaurant, with its fine old traditions, gives you the chance to enjoy a truly deluxe Christmas buffet. The fantastic view over the western harbour of Mariehamn enhances the atmosphere.
The Christmas buffet will be served 29 November–22 December: Mondays–Fridays at 11 am–2 pm and in the evening at 6 pm, Saturdays at 4 pm and 8 pm, as well as Sunday 10 December at 4 pm and Sunday 17 December at 2 pm and 5 pm. On Finland’s Independence Day, 6 December, the Christmas buffet is served at 4–6 pm. Remember to book the table in advance by contacting Nautical via firstname.lastname@example.org or +358 18 19 931.
Tapas Buffet at Oliven Restaurant & Bar
Oliven Restaurant & Bar is looking forward to serve something a bit different this year. In stead of a traditional Christmas Buffet the Chef Mostpaha Berryane and his staff will be laying on a Tapas Buffet with Christmas twist Mondays–Saturdays at 5–9 pm during the period of 2–14 December, same time also 6 December, Finland’s Independence Day.
Find your favorites among a dozen dishes, such as turkey roll, spicy meatballs, root vegetable chips and flatbread roll with orange and mustard glazed ham etc., and among eight desserts from local Åland cheeses with home-made marmelade to chocolate mousse, candied nuts and almond stuffed dates. Read the whole menu in Swedish and book a table via www.hotellarkipelag.com or +358 18 24 020.
Oliven Restaurant & Bar also offers Christmas menus for groups by agreement. Perfect for dinner parties and other groups who just want to sit down and be served.
Christmas buffet at Silverskär – a unique archipelago experience
The Christmas buffet at Silverskär, a Green Key restaurant, starts with a short boat trip out to the island. After the boat trip you’ll be welcomed to Mellangårds where they’ll be serving mulled wine and homemade Carita’s gingerbread biscuits by the fireplace. It’s pleasant, informal and intimate.
Silverskär’s kitchen with the chefs Viktor Eriksson and Gustav Eriksson will be serving up Åland specialities at Nedergårds (or Ladugårds for bigger groups). The meat balls are made from Highland Cattle beef from the neighbouring village of Långbergsöda, and the fish which includes home-cured herring for the shoemaker’s salmon comes from Bennys Fisk. In terms of desserts there are traditional goodies, such as beestings pudding, as well as Christmas sweets and chocolate mousse. Silverskär’s Christmas buffet will be served between 24 November and 10 December Wednesdays–Sundays with one afternoon and one evening seating. For reservations and more information contact Silverskär via email@example.com or +358 18 525 565.
Smakbyn – Christmas buffet in a castle environment
Smakbyn, a Green Key restaurant since March 2017, is situated a stone’s throw from Kastelholm Castle. The star chef Michael Björklund and his wife Jenny Björklund and personnel will be laying on a family Christmas buffet with out-and-out pure and simple flavours and locally produced raw products including the very own Christmas favorites of Michael and his staff.
The Christmas buffet will be served Thursdays–Saturdays during the period of 30 November–20 of December and on Sunday 17 December: Thursdays and Fridays at 6 pm, Saturdays at 4 pm and 7 pm, as well as on Sunday 17 December at 4 pm. In addition, there will also be an afternoon seating 15 December at 2 pm. You can taste some of Smakbyn’s own drinks, Appleaud and Röd Granit, with the Christmas buffet. An activity as tasting of beverages from Smakbyn’s own distillery can be arranged upon request. For table reservations and further information contact Smakbyn via firstname.lastname@example.org or by +358 18 43 666. Photos of Smakbyn’s Christmas dishes are taken by Linus Lindholm.
Christmas Buffet at Gastropub Bodegan
Gastropub Bodegan by the marina Käringsunds Gästhamn in Eckerö is serving well prepared food and beverages right by the water overlooking the old fishing port with charming boathouses and genuine archipelago atmosphere. Don’t miss Chrismas Buffet with home-made, traditional Christmas dishes at Gastropub Bodegan for booked guests 25 November–20 December, other times for groups by agreement. For table bookings call +358 18 38 530 or send e-mail to email@example.com, and for opening hours and menues visit www.bodegan.ax.
More Christmas Buffets
Our calendar shows opening times and contact information to the restaurants that serve Christmas buffets. For prices and further information visit the restaurants’ homepages. Remember to book your table well in advance! Read more about pre-christmas activities such as little Christmas traditions and Christmas markets in Åland in the related links. You can book accommodation, journey and activities via our online booking.
Christmas and New Year
Are you planning a break from the routine and searching an option for Christmas at home? Are you looking forward to go away for Christmas or/and New Year? Here are some suggestions, where to stay when spending Christmas or/and New Year on Åland:
Are you intrested in spending Christmas at Nybonds Keramik kursgård & pensionat, a sailor’s homestead from the beginning of the 19th century? The Christmas package 23–26.12.2017 for 6-8 persons include accommodation (3 nights) and breakfast, as well as a traditional Christmas Buffet on Christmas Eve. For further information and booking contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the hostess direct, Solverig Mörn tel +358 40 587 9556.
Hjortö stugor & stockhus will be open during Christmas and New Year. If you want to have a Christmas tree in your cottage, the couple who runs the Hjortö cottages can bring you one or you can take a short walk to the woods and pick out your own Christmas three together with the hosts. For further information and booking kindly contact Hjortö stugor & stockhus.
Did you know that HavsVidden‘s cliff houses with self-catering are available during the Winter? You can choose between a villa with two or three bed rooms. All cliff houses have a fully equipped kitchen, large living room and a spacious terrace facing the sea Norrhavet, in the north of Åland. The Winter Special at HavsVidden is valid till 8 March 2018 and the hotel and restaurant will open again 9 March 2018.