The Åland islands / Ahvenamaa

The Åland islands has always seemed so mysterious and interesting place to me. The Åland archipelago consists of more than 6,500 islands, but only few of these are habitable. Åland is an autonomous county whose habitants speak Swedish, but the archipelago itself belongs to Finland. Åland does not belong to European Union tax area, which gives tax free shopping to the ships from Estonia and Sweden who stops on the island. Åland has its own citizenship, parliament and government. Thanks to all of the things above, I wanted to visit this place for a long time.

Ahvenamaa on mulle alati tundunud kuidagi nii müstilise ja huvitava paigana.. Ahvenamaa saarestik koosneb rohkem kui 6500 saarest, millest küll vaid mõned üksikud on elamiskõlblikud. Ahvenamaa moodustab omavalitsusliku Ahvenamaa maakonna, mille elanikkond on rootsikeelne aga saarestik ise kuulub Soomele, kuid ei kuulu euroliidu maksuruumi. Ahvenamaal on oma kodakondsus, parlament ja valitsus. Tänu eelnevalt mainitule, olen ma Ahvenamaad juba ammu tahtnud külastada.

During our trip we visited the largest island of Åland – the Ahvenanmanner. We spent about 20 hours there so we had time to visit several beautiful places on that island. Åland is definitely a beautiful place to visit, but it did not leave me feeling like “wow I definitely want to go back there”. This place is meant for people who enjoy calm, silent places, nature lovers. I like bigger cities more. The people in Åland are so calm too, even in traffic they don’t hurry. There were columns on the highway, but no one speeded up to pass another car.

Oma reisi jooksul külastasime suurimat saart – Ahvenanmannerit. Reisi pikkuseks oli 20 tundi, mille jooksul jõudsime külastada mitmeid ilusaid kohti. Ahvenamaa on kindlasti ilus koht mida külastada, aga ta ei jätnud minule sellist “wow pean sinna kindlasti tagasi minema” tunnet. See koht on rohkem mõeldud rahu, vaikust ja loodust armstavale inimesele. Minule endale meeldib rohkem suurlinnamelu ja inimesed. Ahvenamaa inimesed on ise nii rahulikud, isegi liikluses ei ole sellist kiirustamist, närvilisust nagu mujal olen kohanud. Maanteel tekkisid kolonnid, kuid keegi ei kihutanud eessõitvast autost mööda.

We went to Åland by Tallink ship that goes from Tallinn to Stockholm. We arrived to Åland at 04.50 in the morning and got back to the ship at 01.00 at night. One extra long day was perfect amount of time for us to see the island.

During our trip we visted:

  • Geta Utsiktstornet lookout tower what is situated in the north of the island.

Ahvenamaale läksime Tallinnast Stockholmi mineva Tallinki laevaga. Hommikul 04.50 jõudsime saarele ning öösel 01.00 saime uuesti laevale. Üks ekstrapikk päev oli meie jaoks täiesti piisav aeg saare iluga tutvumiseks.

Reisil külastasime:

  • Geta Utsiktstorneti vaatetorni saare põhjaosas.

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  • Bormasund ruins. Russia started building Bormasund at the end of 1800, but have not been able to finish before the war. It is possible to visit the ruins all year long. I thought that there are big castle ruins, but in reality there were only few walls left.:D
  • Bormasundi kindlusevaremeid. Kindluse ehitamist alustas 1800. aastal Venemaa, kuid seda ei suudetud enne sõda lõpetada. Varemeid saab külastada aastaringselt igal ajal. Mina muidugi arvasin, et mind ootab ees suur kindlus, kuid tegelikkuses olid seal vaid alles mõned seinad 😀

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  • Kastelholm castle, near to Bormasund ruins. The exact age of the castle is unknown, but it was mentioned already in 1388. The entrance fee for adults is € 6, children and pensioners pay € 4.50.
  • Kastelholmi lossi, mis asub Bormasundi varemete lähedal. Lossi täpne vanus pole teada, kuid seda mainiti juba 1388. aastal. Sissepääs täiskasvanule maksab 6 €/lastele ja pensionäridele 4.50 €.

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  • Uffe på Berget tower and café. They both are on the hill. Below the hill goes car road. This café has one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen from café place. We tasted the traditional Åland pancake here, which is more like a plate cake for us. The entrance to the tower is €2. It is possible to sit outside and enjoy the view on the café, but its interior is also nice and interesting.
  • Uffe på Berget torni ja kohvikut. Kohvik ja torn asuvad mõlemad kõrgel künka/kivi peal, mille alt läheb läbi sõidutee. See kohvik on üks kõige ilusama vaatega kohvikuid, kus ma käinud olen! Maitsesime seal traditsioonilist Ahvenamaa pannkooki, mis on küll rohkem meie jaoks plaadikoogi moodi. Pääs torni maksab 2 eurot. Kohvikus on võimalik väljas istuda ja vaadet nautida, kuid ka kohviku sisemus on väga huvitav.

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  • Eckerö county which is known for its red rock cliffs.
  • Eckerö maakonda, mis on tuntud oma punaste kivikaljude poolest.

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  • Mariehamn city where we just walked around and went to Bagarstugan café. The café looks very nice.
  • Mariehamni linna. Seal jalutasime lihtsalt niisama ringi ja käisime Bagarstugan kohvikus. Kohvik näeb väga armas välja.

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When we left the ship in the morning and drove around without a specific destination, we reached the area of Geta next to sea. The view there was amazing already, and with the sunrise, it was a real WOW view. We decided to have a breakfast picnic there and enjoy the start of the beautiful day.

Hommikul laevalt tulles, ilma kindla sihita ringi sõites, jõudsime Geta piirkonda mere äärde. Sealne vaade oli ilus juba niisama, lisaks veel päikesetõus, tõeline wow vaade! Otsustasime seal pidada hommikusöögi pikniku ja nautida ilusat päeva algust.

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