The northern route of the Åland Archipelago Trail
What might you experience along the northern route of the Åland Archipelago Trail? This is where you can find inspiration and tips as to what is on offer in the various sections.
The north-eastern end point of the Åland Archipelago Trail is Åva in Brändö. From here you can make a detour to Jurmo, a lovely archipelago island that has a shop, café and restaurant that are all open in the summer. The hostel in the old primary school is open all year round and outdoor activities like fishing and seal safaris are available on request.
From Åva the Åland Archipelago Trail goes through the municipality of Brändö to the ferry harbour at Torsholma. This stretch is 21 kilometres and the archipelago hotel and restaurant Gullvivan is located around the middle of it. The cozy Fisketorpet & fågelvik camping and cottages is located on the island of Korsö. While in Brändö, You may wish to stop at the beautiful white wooden Chapel of St. James. The chapel has a rich history – the Swedish king Gustav Vasa confiscated a copper bell from the church in 1544, for instance.
An alternative way to Torsholma is to take a small ferry from Houtskär on the Finnish mainland. The ferry is mostly for bicycles but it has a few spots for cars as well.
From Torsholma the archipelago ferry goes on to Lappo. Here in the summer you can visit the Archipelago Museum, which has the most complete collection of traditional Scandinavian boats in the Baltic Sea. There is also a hiking trail and a Frisbee golf course. All year round you can stay at Pellas Guesthouse, which is located near the Galeasen summer restaurant and the guest harbour. Or you can continue your journey on the archipelago ferry to Kumlinge, where you can visit St Anne’s stone church and admire the impressive frescoes that cover the walls and vaults. At the guest harbour you’ll find the summer restaurant Kastören, and you can stay at the Svala design hotel. In the summer, you can also make a detour to Kumlinge’s neighbouring island Bärö, where you can get a delicious meal or maybe spend the night at Glada Laxen.
After Kumlinge the archipelago ferry goes on to Enklinge. There we recommend a visit to the Hermas farm museum, an archipelago farmhouse dating back to the 16th century. Hermas is open in the summer.
Next the archipelago ferry goes from Enklinge to Vårdö. Here there is a beautiful church and several interesting museums to visit, such as Åland’s School Museum and Lasse Eriksson’s ship museum, both open in the summer. Sandösund Resort & Camping offers accommodation all year round. This is also where the Flowpark high ropes course is located, and you can play minigolf or hire a kayak. The distance between Vårdö’s northern ferry harbour in Hummelvik to the cable ferry that goes from Töftö to Prästö in Sund is 11 kilometres.
Stay overnight in the archipelago
When you travel from the Finnish mainland to Åland or from Åland to Finland, make sure you have booked at least one overnight stay on one of the Åland archipelago islands. In that way your trip becomes less expensive, and, most importantly, you get more time to experience the archipelago without any hurry.
Read the FAQ about archipelago ferries and the Åland archipelago route here.