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