Top things to do in Mainland Åland

Top Choice Ruins in Sund

Bomarsund Fästningsruin

Following the war of 1808–09, Russia began building this major military structure as its westernmost defence against the Swedes. The fortress was still incomplete when the Crimean War began in 1854, and a French-Bri…
Top Choice Castle in Sund

Kastelholms Slott

One of Åland’s premier sights is this striking 14th-century castle on a picturesque inlet (signposted off Rd 2). The keep towers are 15m high in parts, with walls of 3m-thick red granite; it’s easy to see how it wou…
Top Choice Museum in Mariehamn

Sjöfartsmuseum

Preserved boats make up most of the exhibitions at this state-of-the-art museum exploring Åland's marine heritage. In fact, the centrepiece is a reproduction of a ship, complete with mast, saloon, galley and cabins.…
Top Choice Pizza in Mariehamn

Pub Niska

Star chef Michael 'Micke' Björklund of Smakbyn is the brains behind this plåtbröd (Åland-style pizza) restaurant in the maritime quarter. Toppings are diverse and delicious, including favourites such as cold-smoked …
Top Choice Finnish in Sund

Smakbyn

The brainchild of award-winning chef Michael 'Micke' Björklund, this 'taste village' incorporates a farm shop, cookery courses and a distillery (tours and tastings available). The centrepiece is the airy open-kitche…
Top Choice Brewery in Finström

Stallhagen Brewery

Sample unique brews and delicious food at this fabulous brewery overlooking an idyllic lake and horse paddocks. Beers range from basic (pale ale or Baltic porter) to berry (blueberry ale or raspberry stout), with ma…
Top Choice Finnish in Mariehamn

Indigo

The building might be historic brick and timber, but the menu is contemporary, with expertly cooked dishes like grilled Åland beef with Béarnaise sauce and homemade fries. There's a buzzing summer courtyard and a be…
Top Choice Seafood in Eckerö

Bodegan

Right on the pier, this delightful spot is perfect for a drink or a meal while watching the seagulls soar above the creaking red boathouses. The classic Nordic dishes are delectable: marinated salmon with dill potat…
Arts & Crafts in Mariehamn

Torggatan 15

This charming old wooden house is packed with treasures that show off the creativity and industry of Åland's arty and crafty types. There's a handful of shops tucked into the various rooms – each one enticing in its…
Museum in Mariehamn

Museumship Pommern

Anchored just behind the Sjöfartsmuseum, this beautifully preserved, four-masted, merchant barque was built in 1903 in Glasgow, Scotland. The ship once carried tonnes of cargo and a 26-man crew on the trade route be…