Aland Islands Trip Planner
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Aland Islands has carved a niche for itself as it is the only Swedish speaking autonomous island in the country of Finland. Surrounded by the magnificence of Baltic Sea, this Archipelago is one of the most under rated travel destination in the World even though it is extremely mind blowing. The Aland Archipelago stands out for a lot of reasons- one is the web suffix of dot ax, then the fact that even though they belong to Finland, the people here have adopted Swedish as their official language and also have a different flag along with a separate parliament for themselves.
To experience the uniqueness of this place, you need to go through a simple visa procedure. If you are wondering how to reach Aland Islands, when it is not officially a part of Finland- then here is good news for you. It comes under Schengen treaty and hence all the regulations that apply for Schengen visitors apply for the visa to get here. The primary country which you will consider to obtain a visa is Finland to get to Aland Islands. It is also the cheapest time to travel to Aland Islands because this is the time that you get the cheapest flights to Stockholm which has the maximum connections to Aland Islands in terms of international flights.
The best time to visit Aland Islands is during the months of February, June and July. During the month of February, it is freezing and all the seas around Aland Islands become favourable for skating. In the month of June, the festivities and celebrations kick in with the advent of mid- summer. This fun vibe spills over to July as the Saltvik’s Viking Market gets set up and you can get a chance to witness Viking heritage.
Now let’s come to the most important part of Aland Island’s country guide. Following is a list of places to see and things to do in Aland Island. Start with Mariehamn to see museums, enjoy in amusement parks and also shopping. The Stallhagen brewery at Finstrom is a must visit. Visit Kokar for the churches, museums and monasteries. If you want to go camping and seek some adventures, then Foglo is the place for you to be. You can also enjoy the large stretch of pristine sands at Vardo and Langnas.
If you want to mingle with the Alanders (something the locals here call themselves) then here is a rough idea on how to reach Aland Islands. The best way to get into Aland Islands is by taking a ferry to Mariehamn which you can take from Helsinki and Stockholm. Mariehamn is basically the best way to get into Aland Islands. It also has a small airport that connects flights to mainland Sweden as well as Finland. The best way to get around in Aland Islands is through the Archipelago ferries that will take you through the beautiful stretch of the sea and connect you to other islands. Apart from this, bicycling on the island is what most tourists prefer to do.
Even though there are very limited options available for luxury accommodation at Aland Islands, there are plenty of budget options to choose from. In decent prices, you can enjoy the beauty of the entire Archipelago. Most of these hotels are equipped with basic amenities and are great for you to take a stop-over while you fall in love with Aland Islands. Also, the cuisine here is generally Finnish but the quality of milk and beer is unparalleled. There is also a lot of sea food and they believe brewing their beers slowly as well as cooking their food slowly, so you can savour the taste for much longer.
How much does it cost to travel to Aland Islands
Plan your trip to Aland Islands with an estimated budget for your travel. The average daily cost of food in Aland Islands is USD 47 per person. For a family of four, the cost of eating out is USD 188. For getting around Aland Islands, you will need a rough figure of USD 52 per day. For detailed Aland Islands trip cost calculator, use Aland Islands Trip Planner.
*Based on Food, Accommodation & Transportation