In Mariehamn you are never far from entertainment. The selection is wide and varied for a town this size and the venues are so close to one another that you can easily go on a circuit round them.
All year round
An obvious centre of entertainment is in the middle of the town by Nygatan. Lilla torget square has a whole collection of pubs with open-air restaurants in a sheltered inner courtyard and the Alandica concert hall and Hotel Arkipelag are situated across the road.
The hotel has the Arken nightclub, which is open until 4 a.m. every night except Sunday. Different bands play at weekends and DJ’s provide the music during the week. The hotel also has a restaurant with dance band music for a mature audience, a lobby bar, Restaurang Oliven and Arken Garden.
If you make your way to the Esplanaden you’ll find Parks Bar, which is a well-known music pub with live music four evenings a week – from Wednesday to Saturday – all year round. Sometimes a troubadour plays there and sometimes an orchestra. The focus tends to be on rock and blues.
The Sea Point summer restaurant is situated by the quays in Österhamn, below the Hotel Arkipelag, by Mariehamn Seglarförening’s guest harbour and the restaurant boat FP von Knorring, which has a restaurant on the bridge deck and an upper bar deck. Ångbåtsbryggans äventyrsgolf also has a restaurant and dancing to live music on the bridge deck several times a week during the summer.
Pub Albin and ÅSS Paviljongen are situated in Västerhamn by the Åländska Segelsällskapet’s marina. Built in 1897, they have open-air restaurants operating in the evening sunshine. On the slope above that are the elegant Nautical Restaurang and NauticALTAN with a view of the sailing vessel Pommern and the sunset. The sportsbar Adlon is situated further along towards the harbour terminal.
Entertainment around Åland
Around Åland you’ll find all kinds of entertainment from amateur theatre and special performances by professional groups to concerts, musical evenings and festivals. If you search the events calendar for a particular date or category, you can establish what is coming up, including the times of films being shown at the Bio Savoy.
Every season there are ATG trotting races at Ålandstravet in Norrböle in Mariehamn. Paf Casino is located in the same building as the Hotel Arkipelag.
The Gröna Udden campsite has minigolf and a Segway path. The Idrottsgården houses the town’s bowling alley and café.
Ålands Motorklubb’s go-cart track is in Vessingsboda, Lemland. You need to book, but otherwise no preparation or equipment is required. If the idea of a dirt track is more appealing than tarmac, there is cross-cart racing at Eckerö Äventyrscentrum.
Eckerö also has a new curling centre, the Åland curlingcenter, which has two tracks and a bar as well as a dance restaurant and minigolf at the Käringsund resort.
Take a trip with a hired boat or rent a bicycle from RO-NO Rent in Österhamn. SGU in Lervik has kayaks in the south of the town, or alternatively they are collectable from a place of your choice via Nimix mobile kayak hire. Zoomcamp Åland arranges group activities for people with disability.