The Åland Archipelago Trail on mainland Åland
What might you experience along the Åland Archipelago Trail on mainland Åland? This is where you can find inspiration and tips as to what is on offer in the various sections.
It is just a stone’s throw from the cable ferry stop in Prästö to the historically interesting fortress area of Bomarsund. Here you can download the Coastal Past app to guide you around the area, and then take some time out in the Furulundsgården café and restaurant nearby (open in the summer). Kastelholm is located ten kilometres to the west – there you can visit the castle, the Jan Karlsgården open-air museum, celebrity chef Michael Björklund’s Smakbyn restaurant and Åland Golf Club. The castle distillery Slottsdestilleriet will be opening on the Jan Karlsgården premises in 2020.
The Åland Archipelago Trail heads southwards at Godby, the countryside’s biggest village. This is where Åland’s sports centre is located, which includes an indoor swimming pool, and immediately north of the village you will find the Uffe på Berget summer café, complete with tall observation tower. The Stallhagen brewery is close to Godby as well – it has a pub and restaurant serving expertly prepared food and interesting artisan beers all year round.
From Godby the Åland Archipelago Trail takes you southwards towards Mariehamn. On the way you can stop at the charming Brobacka Guesthouse, which has a summer café and provides overnight accommodation, and then you can also stop at the Jomala church, which is considered one of Finland’s oldest stone churches. Various scientific methods have been used to date the tower, and the conclusion is that it was built around the end of the 13th century.
There is plenty to discover in Åland’s only town, Mariehamn. If you’re interested in culture, you can visit the Åland Maritime Museum, the Cultural History Museum of Åland and Åland Art Museum. Families with children tend to enjoy the Mariebad indoor swimming pool, and anyone who is interested in arts and crafts and shipbuilding will be in their element in Mariehamn’s Maritime Quarter. In the summer, a visit to the four-masted barque Pommern is a must, and in Mariehamn you can also enjoy the lively restaurants and nightlife.
From Mariehamn the The Åland Archipelago Trail turns eastwards. On the way out towards Lemland, you pass the Önningeby historical art and cultural museum. During the summer it displays art from around 1900 as well as objects and pictures that tell the story about where the art was created. Once you are in Lemland, you can visit Amalia’s lemonade factory, the Open Water Microbrewery and the Skeppargården Pellas local museum. There is accommodation available in places like Amalia’s Bed & Breakfast, which is open all year round. The Åland Archipelago Trail continues to Svinö in Lumparland, and from there the archipelago ferry takes you on to Degerby in Föglö.