Åland is a semi-autonomous island located between the countries of Sweden and Finland. This is the main island within an archipelago of more than 6,000, only 80 of which are actually inhabited. If you choose to spend your holidays in Åland, you will be in a unique part of Europe, which due to its geographical position, has managed to evolve its own interesting culture and traditions which incorporates influences from neighbouring countries. Legally, you will be in Finland and you will find that the self catering accommodation in Åland is extremely well connected to the Finnish mainland, as well as other countries in the Baltic. Rest assured that all properties on the island are furnished and equipped to a very high standard.
Although your holidays in Åland will be spent on an island, don’t worry about there being a lack of activities to enjoy. On the contrary, Åland is more than big and diverse enough to offer its visitors a whole host of pastimes and these include swimming, fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing, canoeing and kayaking and sailing. There are some scenic coastal walks to explore, as well as interesting hiking treks inland.
You really will love spending your holidays in Åland, especially if you are the type of person who likes to think that they are exploring a more unique part of the world. Some of the best known tourist attractions on Åland include Kastelholm which is a castle that is associate with the Kings of Sweden and has its first roots from as far back as 1380; The Fortress of Bomarsund; the Maritime Quarter which also boasts a museum and café and The Jan Karlsgarden Open Air Museum. If you decide to hire a car, it is recommended that you do so on the Finnish mainland. This will allow you to explore the whole of the island intensively and realise just how quaint and picturesque this part of the Baltic really is.
A cool oceanic climate awaits you on your holidays in Åland. This means that winters can be a little on the cold side in this northern part of Europe and snow can and will fall. Summers, however, can actually be quite warm and average temperatures should hit between the high-teens and early-twenties degrees Celsius. Winter averages are more likely to be a couple of degrees either side of freezing.
The best way to travel to your self catering accommodation in Åland is to firstly fly to Helsinki International Airport (HEL) on the mainland. This can be done through airlines such as Finnair and British Airways from either London Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN). Then you would catch a Flybe Nordic flight to Mariehamn Airport (MHQ). Alternatively, there are regular ferry connections between Åland and the Finnish mainland.