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 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.
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 29 November–21 December and on Sunday 17 December: Thursdays and Fridays at 5–7 pm, Saturdays at 3–5 pm and 6–8 pm, as well as on Sunday 16 December at 3–5 pm. In addition, there will also be an afternoon seating 14 December at 1–3 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 [email protected] or by +358 18 43 666. Photos of Smakbyn’s Christmas dishes are taken by Linus Lindholm.
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 27 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 9 December at 4 pm and Sunday 16 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 [email protected] or +358 18 19 931.
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 23 November and 9 December Wednesdays–Sundays with one afternoon and one evening seating. For reservations and more information contact Silverskär via [email protected] or +358 18 525 565.
Glada Laxen – on the little island of Bärö
The Restaurant Glada Laxen on the little island of Bärö in the northern archipelago of Åland welcomes you to their Christmas buffet with a genuine archipelago twist 6–9 December. There will be two seatings per day, one in the afternoon at 12.30–3.30 pm and one in the evening at 6–8.3o pm. Boat trip from Enklinge to Bärö is included in the price. If you want to stay over night you can book one of the total seven rooms at the guest house while you make a table reservation. Read more and book via our online booking.
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 holidays on Åland:
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. Christmas tree decoration can be borrowed free of charge. For further information and booking kindly contact Hjortö stugor & stockhus.
Strandnäs Hotell is open all year round – even during Christmas! For details and reservations visit their homepage.
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. Book a villa and enjoy your stay by the nature and sea.