The Åland Islands between Sweden and Finland offer the whole spectrum of Nordic history, culture, nature and cuisine. Here you can dive into the lives of Swedish kings as well as the heyday of the 19th-century Russian tsars and learn about the development of the modern archipelago region.
Here it’s easy to enjoy outdoor life and experience the nature through e. g. golf, fishing, cycling, hiking or kayaking, or just to take a dip in the Baltic Sea, or just to lay back and enjoy beautiful sights and all the great culinary experiences Åland can offer, them including a Nordic cooking class with one of Åland’s master chefs or tastings of seasonal deligths.
Contact your travel operator or shore excursion provider for details of all varieties of shore excursions – from luxury to expeditional and destinational shore experiences! All excursions are combined with unique culinary experiences and tastings of local delicacies.
CHAMPAGNE MEETS THE ARCHIPELAGO WILDERNESS
Take an exclusive boat trip to a fascinating world of champagne! In 2010, almost 160 bottles of the world’s oldest drinkable champagne were salvaged from a shipwreck from the 1840s in the Åland archipelago. Now Veuve Clicquot has created a “Cellar in the Sea” next to Silverskär island and stored hundreds of champagne bottles to monitor the aging.
HISTORICAL CRAFT BEER TASTING
Stallhagen Historic Beer 1843 is an authentic replica of one of the world’s oldest preserved beers that was salvaged from a “Champagne Galleass” shipwrecked in the Åland archipelago. Enjoy this and many other skillfully crafted beers with the very best Åland delicacies at Stallhagen Brewery, and hear the fascinating stories about the shipwreck and beer brewing.
Let your sweet dreams come true! Combine Åland history with high quality chocolate at Eckerö’s historical Post & Customs House where South American cocoa beans meet the finest Åland ingredients. Our chocolate expert Mercedes Urbano shares her wisdom and offers you to taste only the most exquisite chocolatiers.
Åland cuisine is one of the best-kept secrets of Scandinavian kitchen. Join a cooking class and cook with one of Åland’s master chefs and learn about the high-quality local raw produce.
WATER COLOUR PAINTING
Have you seen the sun dancing on the glittering waves amidst the islands? The Nordic summer light has attracted painters through centuries. Come and try to capture the lustre of the light on a water colour painting course led by one of the local aquarelle artists.
PURIFYING SMOKE SAUNA EXPERIENCE
Feel yourself like a true local! Enjoy the c of the genuine Finnish smoke sauna and admire the spectacular views, relax in an outdoor Jacuzzi or take a cooling dip in the sea by the HavsVidden Resort.
KAYAKING TO KOBBA KLINTAR
Explore the archipelago nature at close range in it is purest and most unique form. Join a guided kayaking trip and visit an old pilot station for lunch. Tours and routes for both beginners and advanced kayakers.
CYCLING FROM ONE ISLAND TO ANOTHER
Feel the archipelago atmosphere on winding country roads leading across bridges and road banks from one island to another. There are guided cycling tours including picnic in the wilds for all tastes and levels.
Probably the best pike fishing in the Northern Europe! Learn everything about fishing on an excursion amidst the islands.
Discover the traces of ice age and post-glacial rebound on a guided hiking tour in scenic archipelago nature. The 5-kilometre hiking is rounded up with tastings of local delicacies and refreshments.
THE PEARLS OF THE ISLANDS’ HISTORY
Swedish kings, Russian tsars, medieval churches and fortresses. Verdant fields, lush meadows, deep forests and sea bays. Discover the rural and historical Åland on a sightseeing tour.
MARITIME WALK ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE SHIPOWNERS
Once the home port of the world’s largest and last sailing ship fleet Mariehamn now boasts with a rich maritime history.