Aland archipelago is diverse with many uninhabited islands & not very much boating traffic. You can paddle for a whole day without seeing a single other boat, even in high season.There are also water types for everybody, from beginners to skilled paddlers
The capital of Aland. The shipping town that is full of memories of voyages on the seven seas. Here you can go on to the museum ship Pommern, smell the tar and get a real feel for the hard life at sea. Wander along idyllic small town streets.
3: Visit to a Casino
If you are interested in sports, games and betting of all kinds, the Casino PAF in Mariehamn is a place for you. Here you can participate in poker tournaments, play cash games or entertain yourself among slot machines and internet gaming.
4: Pike fishing
The Aland pike fishing grounds, with all their shores, islands, bays, reefs and reed bays, are perfect for pikes. If you are out after that old pike, the best time for pike fishing in Aland is in April May and early autumn, before the first ice settles.
5: Aland Museum
In the centre of town, the Ålands Museum & Ålands Konstmuseum are housed in the same building and should definitely head your list of things to see in Mariehamn. The lively and well-presented museum gives an absorbing insight into the history of the islands from prehistoric to present and includes a Stone-Age replica boat made of sealskin, and a reconstructed traditional pharmacy.
6: Bomarsund (Sund)
East of Kastelholm are the ruins of the Russian fortress at Bomarsund. After the war of 1809, Russian troops began to build Bomarsund as a defence against the Swedes. Construction took decades, and the mammoth building was operational but not wholly complete by the time the Crimean War (1854) came around. Twenty-five British and French ships bombarded it heavily from the sea; after two days it capitulated and was demolished by the victors. The evocative honeycomb ruins can be seen on both sides of the main road at the eastern end of Sund, by the bridge leading across a beautiful sound to Prasto island.
7: Kastelholms Slott
One of Aland's premier sights, Kastelholms Slott is a smallish but perfectly formed castle picturesquely set by a little inlet. It has experienced several building phases, the earliest of which was in the 14th century. The most impressive part is the keep, which towers 15m high in parts; the walls are 3m thick; there was no escape for Eric XIV, a Swedish king imprisoned here for a time.
8: Sjofartsmuseum (Mariehamn)
Aland marine heritage is explored at the Sjöfartsmuseum, a traditional museum that's designed to look like a ship's prow cutting into the land. Preserved boats make up most of the exhibitions, particularly glorious ship's figureheads such as a rare male carving that once graced the California. Its a great place to discover your inner pirate with plenty of ships in bottles, sea chests and nautical accoutrements. The central part of the museum is a re-creation of a ship with mast, saloon, galley and cabins.
9: Stone Age Village (Saltvik)
On the road to Orrdals Klint near Langbergsoda is a Stone Age walking trail starting from a clearly marked car park. Its more of a stroll than a hike, taking you past two excavated settlements and then to a fully reconstructed Stone Age Village, with sealskin-covered huts. In summer there are plenty of Neolithic skills to try your hand at; there are even people living Stone Age-like lives there. There is no public transport; you'll have to make your own way from Kvarnbo.
10: Sankt Johannes Kyrka
North of Kastelholm, Sankt Johannes Kyrka is the biggest church in Aland. It is 800 years old and was twice destroyed by fire. The altarpiece is decorated with a dazzling triptych and a stone cross with the text 'Wenni E'. According to researchers, it was erected in memory of the Hamburg bishop Wenni, who died here while on a crusade in 936.
11: Sankta Maria Church
Kvarnbo has the large Sankta Maria Church that dates from the 12th century and is probably the oldest church in Finland. There are some wall paintings and sculptures from the 13th century, as well as a fine baptismal font, but most of the paintings are from the Lutheran era, in the 1500s.
East of Kvarnbo, the central village of Saltvik, is the Iron Age fortress of Borgboda. On the main Saltvik bicycle route, it is thought to have been built in the mid-to-late first millennium AD. Some stone outcroppings remain, but otherwise it's just a cow field with a nice view.
13: Alandia Escargots
Also near Kastelholm is Aland's oddest tourist attraction, the Snail Safari run by Alandia Escargots. The snail farm opens only for the one-hour tours; it's worth paying the extra to taste one of the little critters in garlic butter, washed down by a glass of strong cider.
14: Sankta Anna Church
Many consider Sankta Anna Church on Kumlinge island to be one of Finland's most beautiful churches, with 500-year-old Franciscan-style paintings. The church is some 2km north of Kumlinge village.