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A May 2004 trip to Finland by davidx

Övernäsgården Photo, Mariehamn, Finland More Photos
Quote: When we went to Åland in 2001 on a voyage from Sweden to Finland and back, we were determined to return and see more. This is that return and was it worth it? Wow, yes!

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Overview

Ferry routes Photo, Finland, Europe
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The weather helped. After nearly a week of cold weather in Finland, often wet as well, as we arrived in Åland, it was as though the sun had come to greet us. A middle-aged man virtually escorted us to the tourist office, telling us he had plenty of time for such things before he lays down to die, the tourist office phoned to book a twin room, we found the FREE urban bus to the Gasthem and before long we found ourselves the proud occupiers of a chalet for five nights for the same price as a twin room. This was only a short walk from the island capital of Mariehamn, a beautiful town with only about 10,500 people, reminiscent of rural French towns in part with its broad streets and considerable are...Read More
Övernäsgården Photo, Mariehamn, Finland
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This place was very good indeed. Gasthem + chalets with kitchen equipment supplied but breakfast is included in the price. The breakfast is less sumptuous than some hotels but there was plenty of choice and unlimited quantity. It is positioned close to the coast, with fabulous views and marvellous spring flowers everywhere. It is ideal for canoe touring and very child friendly.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2004

Övernäsgården
Östra Ytternäsvägen
Mariehamn, Finland 22100
+358 18 12525

Pommern

Restaurant | "Restaurang Pommern"

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The restaurant is a few streets away from the ship whose name it bears but the decor is based on the ship with riggings all round. This makes an excellent environment for eating the french styled Finnish food. We can vouch for the gravad lax, the fish soup and the pike perch. I don't think the puddings quite match their price.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2004

Pommern
Norragatan 8-10
Mariehamn, Finland 22100
+358 18 15549

Museum Ship Pommern

Attraction

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It's the only 4-masted sailing ship accessible anywhere and used to take part in the grain trade with Australia. There is access to all parts of the ship and there are a number of photographic and other exhibits on the main cargo deck. Notices include English and are very informative about the ship and life on board.


Some of the steps are steep and very young children would need control. The next age group up would love the exploration.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2004

Kastelholm +

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Attraction

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The coastal scenery on the islands is so attractive, and there is so much of it, that it is difficult to pick specific must sees but on the main island there are some in Mariehamn, there is the postal museum at Eckerö and there is the ancient site of Kastelholm where the three main features are the castle, the White Bear Prison Museum and the Jan Karlsgården Open Air Museum, which is now the only free part, whatever the advert you found somewhere may say. There was a right feel of 'something happening' when we visited the castle -- and pretty obviously it was not the fact that we were there. In fact, it was the Speaker of the Faroese Parliament with a group of officials, by far the sma...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2004

The Archpelago

Attraction

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Those who only think of natural wonders in terms of heights and waterfalls might wonder at this classification for a group of islands where often the top point of a ship is higher than any natural feature. However it is the very myriad of low lying islands, sculpted and re-sculpted by various ice ages that are the natural wonder here. The inter-island ferries spend most of their time with land beside them, passing islands so similar that it is difficult to see how early navigation worked. You can at least get an idea from the map on the overview of the routes between the islands and on to the Finnish mainland -- or rather to islands connected to the mainland or to each other by bridges...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2004

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It's pronounced Chirke with the final e almost silent, and numerous people commented on how well we had done to select it for a stop -- good guidebooks were more to the point. It combines natural and manmade attractions.The rocks just a short way inland that were obviously once cliffs on the coast are particularly attractive and would lend themselves to some climbing -- good routes for both beginners and intermediate climbers and great fun by the look of it. The trees and flowers seemed quite as attractive as anywhere in Åland.Apparently there is a significant Bronze Age settlement on the island, but we were only there for a night, and it requires a ve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2004

Mariehamn

Story/Tip

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I have a feeling that for Finland's very short summer season Mariehamn might be considered a resort, but the term has negative connotations for me and it certainly is a popular sight. It has masses of tourists every year but it remains a beautiful town, a very worthy island capital, even if it were not THE ONLY town on the islands.Many people have only seen its western harbour on the course of a voyage between Finland and Sweden. This is an alluring sight, with the Viking, Silja and Tallink terminals and the museum ship Pommern.In fact, the island is very narrow at this point and it is only a quarter of an hour at most to the eastern shore with its mar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2004

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davidx

davidx
Todmorden, United Kingdom