The Åland Sea Days
During the Sea Days in mid-July, maritime matters are the common theme of the programme. The main venue for the street party is the Maritime Quarter in the eastern harbour of Mariehamn – a vibrant maritime environment with boatbuilding, smithery and other crafts. Some of the activities take place at sea aboard the galleas Albanus and the sailing well-boat Jehu.
Five theme days
The Åland Sea Days offer programme from morning to midnight during five days. Each day has a special theme and programme. The Sea Days will begin on Wednesday with the Maritime Safety Day. Thursday is Handicrafts Day, Friday is Folk Music Day, Saturday is Maritime Day and Sunday is Children’s Day.
There is an arts and crafts market every day. Many arts-and-craftspeople will be displaying their different techniques. The evening programme includes food and drink and live music, as well as dance to different kinds of music.
You will find the complete programme on the events calendar, on Åland Sea Days’ website or on their Facebook page.
The Sea Days have been organised since 1990 and in 2009 the event clocked up about 20,000 visitors. Every year over 150 invitations are sent out to small cargo boats and traditional sailing boats around the Baltic Sea.
The Albanus was the first replica to be launched on the Baltic Sea in 1988. Four years later the three-masted schooner Linden was launched in Mariehamn. The Maritime Quarter was founded to preserve Ålands traditions and to promote culture in life on the coast and at sea as well as boat- and shipbuilding.
A “live” district
Since the Albanus was built, the area has grown into a “live” district. Thirty-odd buildings house boatbuilders, carpenters, artists, craftspeople and gold- and silversmiths.
There are quays for both small cargo boats and larger craft. Smaller wooden boats shelter in a picturesque maritime setting with piers, boathouses and a little seafarers’ chapel that is always open for contemplation.
The Maritime Quarter has two excellent museums, one for boats and wooden boatbuilding and one for traditional engines.
For further activities and events visit our Events’ calendar. It’s important to book your accommodation in advance – especially in July. Do you prefer a room at a hotel or B&B, a cottage or a place for a tent, caravan or your own boat? You can book accommodation, journey and activities via our online booking.