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.
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 Sweden will be familiar with ham and sausages.
Below we have made a list of some popular Christmas buffets in Åland. Remember to make your table reservation well in advance.
Smakbyn – Christmas buffet close to the castle
Smakbyn 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. You can taste some of Smakbyn’s own drinks, Appleaud and Röd Granit, with the Christmas buffet.
Table reservations: [email protected] or +358 18 43 666.
Restaurant Nautical – Christmas buffet with fantastic view
You’ll find one of the Ålanders’ most popular Christmas buffets at the distinguished restaurant Nautical. This restaurant, with its fine old traditions, gives you the chance to enjoy a truly deluxe Christmas buffet. The fantastic view over the western harbor of Mariehamn enhances the atmosphere.
Table reservations: [email protected] or +358 18 19 931.
Christmas buffet at Silverskär – a unique archipelago experience
The Christmas buffet at Silverskär starts with a short boat trip out to the island. You’ll be welcomed to the house of Mellangårds where you are served mulled wine and homemade gingerbread biscuits by the fireplace. At the main building, Nedergårds, Silverskär’s chefs Viktor Eriksson and Gustav Eriksson will be serving up Åland specialities made from local ingredients – the meat balls are made of beef from the neighbouring village and the fish dishes of catches from local fishermen. In terms of desserts there are traditional goodies as well as Christmas sweets.
Table reservations: [email protected] or +358 18 525 565.
Christmas buffet with a view of the eastern harbour in Mariehamn
Brasserie Ångbåtsbryggan is a seafront restaurant situated in the eastern harbour in Mariehamn. The heart of the restaurant is the charcoal grill in the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs work. The open fireplace gives the whole restaurant a warm and cosy touch. The ceiling and walls of the restaurant are made of glass and you are provided a stunning view and atmosphere all year around.
The Christmas buffet takes you to a culinary trip where you get to taste traditional dishes from Åland and dishes with a more modern touch. There are a wide range of desserts as well as hand made sweets as the perfect completion of the buffet.
Christmas buffet in idyllic Degerby
The archipelago restaurant Seagram in the idyllic village Degerby in Föglö serves a popular Christmas buffet with a sea view. The food is house-made with a fine combination of traditional and new art of cooking.
To get to Föglö, take the car or bus to Svinö in Lumparland and further the ferry to Degerby. Since the walk from the ferry to the restaurant is only 150 m and offers some picturesque sights you can easily leave your car in Svinö on the mainland.
Visit www.alandstrafiken.ax for more information about the ferry timetables.
Table reservations: [email protected] or +358 18 51092.
More Christmas buffets
Our calendar shows opening hours and contact information to the restaurants that serve Christmas buffets. For prices and further information visit the restaurants’ homepages. Remember to make your reservation well in advance.