Enjoy cabin life in the company of others or choose privacy and seclusion
By the sea
About eight or nine out of ten Åland cabins are situated by the water and have access to their own boat and sauna. That means bathing, boat trips and the sun on the horizon. Just open the door and step out into a forest, on to a meadow or on to red granite rock.
In the summertime the Åland cabins are particularly popular among families, whereas in the autumn, winter and spring it tends to be anglers and nature enthusiasts who particularly enjoy Åland’s cabins for winter stays.
Own island or holiday village?
There are plenty of options, especially if you book in good time. There are different standards of cabins and they come in different price categories. You can stay on your own island, and enjoy peace and quiet, or have a more social stay in a holiday village; and you can make it for one night or several weeks … or why not a whole holiday?
If you want to stay on your own island, you can rent e. g. the island Gyllenklobb with a cabin for four persons and a floating sauna, the island Långskär with a cabin and a sauna in Kumlinge, the island Lökskär with a cabin for five persons and a sauna by the water in the Vårdö archipelago, the island Långharun with a “hermit’s cabin” for two persons in the Föglö archipelago. In the northern archipelago of Åland you will find the island Sviskär with a hermit’s cabin for four person, Klobben – a modern fishing ground with cabins up to 40 guests in the Saltvik outer archipelago, as well as the island Silverskär with cozy four star rooms – for meetings and conferences, kick-offs, parties, fishing and hunting, but also for recreation.
Some facilities also have simple overnight cabins. They are well-suited to short stays for sports tournaments or for cyclists and others with a full programme who just want to sleep in one place for one or two nights. Overnight cabins are a simpler type of accommodation that does not include heating, nor your own toilet or kitchen. They can meet your basic requirements with minimum equipment or they can be a bit more exclusive.
Activities and excursions
In addition to the beach, the holiday villages often have playgrounds and other fun places for children to enjoy, or a common barbecue area for several families. The children will soon meet people from the cabin next door and make new friends. Self-catering keeps costs down and it’s also nice to be able to cook food in the cabin when the children are tired.
It’s becoming more and more common for families to go on holiday together and then share accommodation. Maybe you want to take a few friends with you, or the grandparents? That’s when holiday villages and spacious accommodation are ideal.
Boat, kayak and bicycle excursions and a lovely sauna are all part of life in a holiday cabin. In a holiday village you often have access to extra facilities such as a barbecue, kiosk, restaurant, playground, fishing and other activities.
Cabins open all year round
Ekströms Stugor are located just ten kilometres from Mariehamn and have log cabins that are ideal for families, couples, groups of friends, and for kick-off and fishing parties.
“We are open all year round and as far as possible we will arrange whatever the guests ask for. For example, breakfast in the fridge, catering and fishing guide, and so on. We’ve built a wood-heated sauna by the beach as a nice relaxation option for groups,” adds Pia Ekström.
In addition to Ekströms stugor, Rundbergs Stugor in Jomala, Harnäs Stugor in Hammarland, Hjortö Stugor & Stockhus in Saltvik, Klingbergs Stugor in Sund, Sandösunds Resort & Camping in Vårdö, Marbyfjärdens Stugor and Käringsund Resort & Conference in Eckerö are all open all year round.
Remember to book your cabin in good time. In the high season, from midsummer to the middle of August, most of them have been booked a long time in advance. You can book a cabin package including activities through the shipping companies or the travel agents.