This big tour package allows you to experience the very best of Åland during four days and four nights.You will start in the town Mariehamn, where you have the opportunity to visit the impressive tall ship Pommern and the nearby Åland Maritime Museum. From Mariehamn you bike across the largest of the Åland islands and board a ferry with your bikes to the harbour village Degerby to spend the first night in the historic tavern Enigheten.
The next morning you continue on bike through the Föglö islands and jump on your next ferry, which takes you to the mystical island of Kökar in the outer archipelago. The entire island is easy to explore by bike and you rest for the night in a guesthouse here.
On your third day you will return from Kökar and then bike across the island of Kumlinge, smack in the centre of the Åland archipelago. From Kumlinge you continue by ferry to Vårdö, where you will stay one night in double rooms. If ferry schedules don't match to reach Vårdö on the same day, you'll stay instead in seaside cabins in Kumlinge and continue to Vårdö the next morning.
The biggest sights are saved for last! On your way back to Mariehamn you can visit The Bomarsund fortress ruins as well as the ancient Kastelholm castle. Your last night will be spent in relaxing hotel rooms and you can sample the restaurants and nightlife of Mariehamn.
The ferries arrive in the western harbour of Mariehamn, where you will also receive your rental bikes. A short walk from the terminals, the tall ship Pommern is moored, next to the Åland Maritime Museum. This four masted steel-hulled ship has been preserved from the beginning of the 20th century, before Ålandic sea trade modernized to combustion engines. If you want to start biking straight away you can save the sights in Mariehamn for the last day of the tour instead.
You will head north through Mariehamn until you arrive in a large roundabout, where you turn right and continue 30km east across the "main" island until you reach the harbour of Svinö. On your way you will pass the Lemström canal, built by the Russians. The bridge opens once an hour to let sailing boats pass. If you arrive during the bridge opening you can eat an ice cream while you watch the boats sail past in the channel.
From Svinö the ferry M/S Skarven takes you and your bikes to Degerby in Föglö. The ferry departs 9-12 times daily and takes about 25 minutes between ports. There is a café onboard.
The ferry ticket is valid for all continuing ferries, please keep it during your whole tour.
In Degerby you can visit the tiny Föglö museum nearby the ferry pier. There is a supermarket nearby, as well as marinas and a miniature golf track. A hundred meters away you will find Restaurant Seagram, famous among locals and visitors for their seafood buffet, á la carte and unique pizzas.
The most interesting part of Degerby is the historical tavern and courthouse Enigheten, where you will also spend your first night, in historically decorated rooms. Enigheten was founded as a tavern for sailors in the 17th century, by orders of the Swedish king. In modern times, the buildings were renovated to continue as a guesthouse and restaurant to this day.
After waking up with a breakfast buffet in Enigheten you continue on bike throughout the Föglö islands to the northern harbour of Överö. The road is sparesely trafficked and takes you along crop fields and through forests. Two bridges and a cable ferry connect the islands.
Ferries from Långnäs stop in Överö to pick you up on their way to Kökar. The ferries make stops in the tiny island of Sottunga - Finland's smallest municipality. Onboard there is a café. After a couple of hours cruising between the islands you arrive in the island of Kökar.
About 5km from the ferry harbour in northern Kökar you can visit Hamnö, which hosts a stone church from the 18th century as well as the ruins from a medieval monastery. From there you can follow the main road through the entire island to your accommodation in Klobbars Guesthouse in Hellsö. Kökar has several fine places to dine. Hotel Brudhäll serves á la carte, pizza and more - with a beautiful harbour view.
If you arrive early in Kökar, you can book a boat excursion to the interesting island Kälskär, south of Karlby. There you can observe interesting geological features and visit a nice little garden. The island is a popular visit for tourists and also serves as a retreat for artists during summer. If you'd like to go on the excursion, please write "Kälskär" in the message when making your booking and we'll check if the ferry schedules are suitable. The excursion costs €40 per adult.
Simple breakfast buffet at your guesthouse. From Kökar you return by ferry the same way you came, and make a short stop in Överö to wait for the ferry to the island Kumlinge, right in the middle of the Åland archipelago. Crossing the small island on bike, you will have plenty of time to enjoy nature or visit the medieval church.
From the other side of Kumlinge yet another ferry will take you to Vårdö. You will bike the last leg of the day, about 8km, to your Sandösund Resort, which is situated nearby a calm bay. Here you'll be accommodated in comfortable double rooms. If you have time and the energy you can do a visit to the islands Simskäla and Stormskär in the north. Or do the visit early next morning.
If ferry schedules do not permit visiting Vårdö on your chosen dates, you will instead be accommodated in a nice cabin by the sea in Kumlinge and continue to Vårdö next morning.
You have about one hour of biking in Vårdö before reaching what is left of the Russian fortress in Bomarsund. Construction of the mighty stronghold was half completed when it was assaulted by Brittish and French forces in a huge naval battle. The attack succeeded and the victors blew up the entire fortress, leaving only rubble.
The Kastelholm castle is one of the most visited attractions in the Åland Islands. The first castle was built on the grounds in the 14th century and has hosted several Nordic kings, as well as been the prison for king Erik the 16th. The castle has been involved in various political conflicts during the ages and has burnt doen several times. Guided tours are included in the entry fee. There are several small museums nearby the castle, and afterwards you can enjoy a lunch in one of the nearby restaurants or continue to Mariehamn.
From Kastelholm the country road continues southwards back to Mariehamn. The distance is 24,5km and takes about 1:30h on bike. On your way you'll cross a tall bridge and a short tunnel. After the tunnel you can make a stop by "Uffe on the hill" and have a coffee and enjoy the view of the straight.
After that you'll bike past farm fields and through small villages on your way to Mariehamn, where you will check in at the Strandnäs Hotel. The town center is a couple of kilometers from your hotel, with a good selection of restaurants and bars.
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