Åland Archipelago

Åland's rocky coastline doesn't often allow for good swimming beaches, but here's an exception – a long, pristine stretch of fine white sand that has been ranked as one of Europe's best unexplored beaches. Calm, shallow waters make it perfect for kids – or anyone who can stand the chilly temperatures.

Restaurant Q in Degersands Resort is a convenient pit stop for lunch or refreshment.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Åland Archipelago attractions

1. Post och Tullhuset

4.91 MILES

Designed by German architect CL Engel, Storby’s Post & Customs House is now a hub for local artists, with exhibitions, artisan shops and a terrific cafe…

2. Ålands Jakt och Fiskemuseum

5.74 MILES

Overlooking Käringsund harbour, the Hunting & Fishing Museum addresses the role of these two activities in the history and culture of the Åland islands…

3. Käringsund Harbour

5.77 MILES

About 2km north of Storby, Käringsund harbour is delightfully picturesque, with rustic red wooden boathouses reflected in the calm waters. A nature trail…

4. Sankta Catharina Kyrka

6.62 MILES

Sankta Catharina Kyrka was built in the 13th century, though a fire at the beginning of the 15th century led it to be rebuilt with fresh wall paintings…

5. Museumship Pommern

11.97 MILES

Anchored just behind the Sjöfartsmuseum, this beautifully preserved, four-masted, merchant barque was built in 1903 in Glasgow, Scotland. The ship once…

6. Sjöfartsmuseum

12.01 MILES

Preserved boats make up most of the exhibitions at this state-of-the-art museum exploring Åland's marine heritage; the centrepiece is a reproduction of a…

7. Sankt Olof Kyrka

12.09 MILES

By some accounts, Sankt Olof Kyrka is the oldest church in Finland, existing (in some form) on this site since the beginning of the 13th century. Some of…

8. Sankt Göran’s Kyrka

12.29 MILES

The copper-roofed Sankt Göran’s Kyrka, built in 1927, is one of the island's few modern churches. Its art-nouveau style was conceived by Lars Sonck, who…