1. The whole family can discover the Aland Islands by bike 2. Short day trips to discover Mariehamm and the surrounding area 3. As you cycle you can enjoy the nature, beautiful scenery and sea views. 4. Explore the maritime capital of the Åland Islands, Mariehamn 5. Relax and have fun with your family at “Marienbad” swimming pools and spa, with its waterfalls, swirls and waterslide. Or perhaps play miniature golf
This bike journey takes you and your family to the independent Åland Islands between Finland and Sweden. You will stay in the capital of the Åland Islands, Mariehamn, and then take short day trips with your bikes to the surrounding districts. This is your chance to get to know this beautiful maritime capital, and to visit some of the local attractions such as, the maritime Museum and to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the city. You can also visit Marienbad swimming pools and spa with its recreational pools with waterfalls, swirls and waterslide or perhaps play some mini golf. So relax, bring the family and discover the captivating capital of the Åland Islands, Mariehamn.
Day 1: Wellcome to Mariehamn Arrive in Mariehamn by flight or ferry. Accommodation: hotel in Mariehamn. Mariehamn will be your base during your stay and from here you will do daily excursions by bike within the capital Mariehamn and the surrounding districts.
Day 2: Mariehamn – Järsö, 9 km one way After breakfast you collect your bikes at the RoNo office in “Västra hamnen” (Western Harbour). Your tour starts with cycling through the city along the roads to the south of Mariehamn. You go over bridges which overlook the glimmering water and see the beautiful nature of the archipelago. At the end of “Järsövägen” road, there is a cosy café called “Stickstugan," decorated in the style of an old boat house. It´s called “Stickstugan” (stick cabin) because the owner, Lotta, likes knitting. Here you can stop for some lunch or just take a cup of coffee and enjoy the aroma of freshly baked cookies. There is also a small shop where you can buy some of Lotta´s handicraft, like wool gloves, scarves and woollen hats. You can also take a look in her glass house, most of which is made of recycled materials. “Stickstugan” is open daily from June - August. If you feel like a walk, there is a short, easy trail of 2 km which offers a view of the outer archipelago. There is also a place for your own picnics and BBQ’s and a toilet.
Day 3: Mariehamn – “Lemströms Kanal”, 8.5 km - one way “Lemströms kanal” is a 350-meter-long canal built by Russian prisoners of war in 1882. It is a beautiful place near the water and an excellent stop for a picnic in the sun. It is fun, (especially for children) to watch the big boats waiting in the canal for the road bridge to be opened.
Day 4: Mariehamn – “Ramsholmen”, 6 km - one way “Ramsholmen” is a nature reserve just outside Mariehamn with stunningly beautiful meadows which provide a magnificent spring display. You can stroll amongst the trees and listen to the bird songs. This is another great stop for a picnic.
Day 5: Discovering Mariehamn This final day on the Åland Islands will be spent in Mariehamn, the capital. The town was named after Maria Alexandrovna, the Empress consort of Alexander II of Russia and was founded in 1861. One of the oldest street is “Södragatan”, where you can find many wooden houses dating back to the 19th century. In Mariehamn there are a lot of family activities, such as visiting the “Åland Maritime Museum. You can swim in the sea, visit one of the three sandy beaches within 3 km from Mariehamn. You can also play mini golf or maybe visit “Mariebad” where you can enjoy the recreational swimming pools with waterfalls, swirls and waterslide. “Mariebad” also has a nice spa with great treatments. When your day is over, you return your bikes to the RoNo office in “Västra hamnen” (Western harbour). The office closes at 18:00 (1 June – 15 Aug).
Day 6: Goodbye Mariehamn Leaving Mariehamn by flight or ferry.
Accommodation: During your stay at Marienhamn you will stay in one of the following hotels in family or double rooms:
Hotel Esplanad/ double room
Hotel Cikada/ double rooms
Hotel Savoy/ family room
Park Alandia Hotel/ double rooms
Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights
Group size: 4 persons
This program is suitable for families with children up to 12 years of age
The program is flexible – you can stay less than 5 nights or longer, depending on your budget
During May-Sep most of the restaurants and cafés in Mariehamn are open both for lunch and dinner. Price for lunch is around € 10-15 and for dinner € 18-45 (main course) depending on where you go.
Café ”Stickstugan” in Järsö is open May-Aug
Price, departures, general information and bookings:
5 nights in double room incl. breakfast in Mariehamn
Open: daily June – August 10:00 – 17:00, daily Sep – May 11:00 – 16:00
Minigolf and Cafe “Ångbåtsbryggan” (in Eastern harbour)
18 holes: € 8/person
Rate for 2018: Price per person – family of 4 travelling together (2 adults + 2 children up to 12 years old, price starting from), 5 nights incl bicycles 4 days:
Hotel Esplanad 259€
Hotel Cikada 299€
Hotel Savoy 381€
Park Alandia Hotel 449€
*Other hotels can be booked. *Kindly contact the tour provider regarding commission! Season and set departures for 2018:
Travelling period: May-September
Information & bookings: Åland Travel Ms Gunilla Karlsson Storagatan 8, AX-22100 Mariehamn Åland Finland Tel +358 18 24 555 , +358 457 0527219 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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Getting there: You can easily reach Mariehamn via ferry from Stockholm, Kapellskär, Turku, Tallinn, Riga and Helsinki. There is also a flight connection from Stockholm with NextJet and from Helsinki with Finnair to Mariehamn.