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Cycling in Aland Islands

Aland Islands In A Nutshell

Cycling in the Aland Islands is a peaceful experience. The place is a collection of more than 6,000 flat, sleepy islands between Finland and Sweden. The capital, Mariehamn, is a pretty town and the largest on the islands with a population of just 11,000.

Please bear in mind I was there for less than 24 hours and so I can only comment on what little I saw.

Where and When I Went

Map of Aland

11th - 12th July 2013
Ferry from Turku (Finland) - Langnas - Mariehamn - Ferry to Stockholm (Sweden)

Aland Islands' Scenery

Expect plenty of woods and lakes, the occasional little harbour and very little else.

Scenery

Aland Islands' Road Quality

Excellent. Many of the main roads also have cycle paths. There's a network of smaller tracks. I've no idea of the condition of those.

Road

Aland Islands' Accommodation & Costs

Apart from an uncomfortable half-night in the Langnas ferry terminal portacabin (I was kicked out when it closed at half three in the morning) I didn't stay over and so I don't know the prices. I'd imagine campsites, of which there are several, would be the same price as Sweden and Finland, i.e. expensive. It's likely to be in excess of €20 for one person and a tent.

Food, like everywhere in Scandanavia, is hellishly expensive. Alcohol was out of the range of my budget.

Language

Swedish is the language but people seem slightly insulted if you ask them if they speak English. Of course they do.

Neighbouring Countries

As an island it obviously has no neighbours, but it was historically tussled over by Sweden and Finland.

Reasons To Go To The Aland Islands

Peace, novelty value, to break up the ferry ride from Finland to Stockholm. The ferry to Stockholm is duty-free so expect a party.

Where Have You Written About Cycling In The Aland Islands?

No Place Like Home, Thank God

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