The southern route of the Åland Archipelago Trail
What might you experience along the southern 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.
In Föglö the Åland Archipelago Trail runs from Degerby to Överö, a stretch of about 18 kilometres. There are shops, eateries, minigolf courses and attractions like the old Pilot’s Cabin and Föglö museum (both open during the summer) near the ferry harbour in Degerby, and in the summer you can stay at the Enigheten guesthouse, which is just a stone’s throw from the village centre. From Degerby the road winds on through the idyllic archipelago countryside to the ferry harbour in Överö.
From Överö the archipelago ferry goes to Sottunga, the population of which is barely 100 inhabitants, making it the smallest municipality in Finland. The attractions include the little 17th-century wooden church that burned down in the Greater Wrath, but which was rebuilt starting in 1728. In the summer Sottunga comes into its own with exhibitions and sales of local arts and crafts in the Hembygdsgården, and the archipelago restaurant Salteriet by the ferry harbour is a popular choice of eatery. You can stay in the Sottunga holiday village or at Lyckliga Lotta’s Bed & Breakfast.
From Sottunga the archipelago ferry goes to Kökar, the south-easterly end point of the Åland Archipelago Trail. You go past the islands of Husö and Kyrkogårdsö and then put into harbour in Karlby. This is where the Brudhäll Hotel & Restaurant is located near the guest harbour and a shop. Another accommodation option is Anton’s Guesthouse.
In Kökar you can visit the ruins of a 15th-century Franciscan monastery and the lovely St. Anne’s Church. Otterböte, one of the most interesting Bronze Age settlements in the northern Baltic Sea, is also located in Kökar, and there are boat trips to Källskär, a fascinating excursion. In Kökar you can visit the Kökar local museum, Peders Aplagård apple farm, where the café (open in the summer) sells apple cider and other goodies, and the Skärgårdsbröd bakery, which is open all year round.