The journey to Åland is half the experience.
The Åland Islands are situated in the heart of Scandinavia, midway between Stockholm and Helsinki. Most people find the boat trip impressive. You can see Sweden’s, Finland’s and Åland’s archipelagos on the way. You can also fly there via Finland and Sweden.
The ferries are actually more like cruise liners. Most travellers from abroad are surprised to find that such enormous vessels operate among such small islands. The boats run several times a day. They have restaurants, entertainment and taxfree shops on board. Tickets are surprisingly cheap, particularly considering they are floating shopping and entertainment palaces.
The shortest route from Sweden leaves from Grisslehamn or Kapellskär outside Norrtälje and takes two hours. From Stockholm there are several route variations. From Finland you can either travel on the smaller archipelago ferries or on the ferries from Turku and Helsinki. If you are travelling from Estonia you would opt for Tallink from Tallin.
Book your trip directly with any of the shipping lines (Eckerö Linjen, Tallink Silja or Viking Line).
Archipelago ferry from Finland
You can take the beautiful sea route from Osnäs or Galtby in Finland, through the archipelago to Hummelvik on Vårdö or to Långnäs in Lumparland on the main island, Fasta Åland.
To Åland by air
Your flight is via Helsinki or Stockholm. It takes just half an hour from Stockholm/Arlanda (Sweden) with NextJet and less than an hour from Helsinki/Vanda (Finland) with Flybe. The journey by car from the airport to central Mariehamn only takes five minutes.