Our new bike tour lets you visit some of the loveliest places in the Åland archipelago, with accommodation at cosy B&Bs and small hotels.
You travel by cruise ferry ship to port town Mariehamn, where you collect your bikes right off the boat. In town you have time for some sight seeing before you start pedaling to Saltvik in the North for your first night's accommodation in Åland at Saltvik Bed & Breakfast.
Day two you'll visit the Kastelholm castle, one of Åland's most popular attractions. The bike tour continues to the Bomarsund fortress ruins. After that you pedal eastward and can go on one of the most beautiful roads out to the Simskäla island. Or spend your afternoon relaxing in Vårdö at Sandösund. When evening comes you'll take one of the island ferries out to Kumlinge, where you'll sleep in a cabin by the sea.
Day three you continue by island ferries to Kökar - one of our most beloved islands in the outer archipelago. Here you'll stay in Klobbars Guesthouse in Hellsö.
Day four gives you more time to explore Kökar. After lunch you take an island ferry back to mainland Åland. From Långnäs you bike back to Mariehamn, passing the beautiful Lemström canal on the way. In Mariehamn you will be accommodated in a comfortable hotel, with the night free to sample restaurants and night life.
Day five you pedal along the beautiful road out to the Järsö island, surrounded by water on both sides. There you can stop for a coffee before heading back to Mariehamn.
From Stockholm at 07:45
From Turku at 08:45
From Grisslehamn at 10:00
Departures from Helsinki not included
We book and pay your ships between the islands, so you wont have to worry about them.
Accommodation in double rooms at hotels and guesthouses. Showers and bathrooms in separate buildings.
Breakfast is included in all accommodations.
Our standard bicycle is a 3-geared 28" bike of the model Helkama Ainotar, made in Finland. Comfortable to ride and with a basket in the front. This model can be upgraded to 7 gears for €30
We also have 24" kid bikes of the model Helkama Jopo, with 3 gears. This classic childrens bicycle is the most popular model in Scandinavia.
If you travel with your own bicycle we will give a discount on the price.
Bike panniers with a capacity of 20 litres are included. Your empty bags can be kept when you collect the rental bikes, or stored in safe lockers in the Mariehamn ferry terminal.
Our itinerary is sent to you as a PDF document, specially formatted to be easy to use on any smart phone. The itinerary contains your route description, map links to all important and interesting places, and all ferry departures you need to mind to travel between islands.
We send you a digital travel calendar that you can easily add to your telephone to remind you of important times and places. The calendar works on every model of telephone.
Day 1: 24km biking
Day 2: 35km biking
Day 3: 20km biking
Day 4: 35km biking
Day 5: 24km biking
This tour package includes travel to Mariehamn by modern cruise ships from Stockholm or Turku. You'll depart in the morning and can enjoy the splendid views over the sea and archipelago from deck. During your journey you can eat a breakfast buffet on board and stock up on duty free goods.
After arriving in Mariehamn in the early afternoon you go to collect your bikes next to the ferry terminal. Then you can either visit the Åland Maritime Museum and tall ship Pommern nearby, or start biking through this small port town.
From Mariehamn you bike North along forests, farm fields and villages until you reach the Färjsund bridge. There you can enjoy the view on the hilltop café "Uffe på Berget" Your trip continues for a few kilometres until you reach the first B&B in a small country village where you'll spend the night.
Breakfast at the B&B. Then it's time to get back in the saddles and pedal a short distance to the Kastelholm castle, which has served an important role in the history of Åland since meideval times. Lately it has been renovated to serve as a tourist attraction. Nearby there are several museums and restaurants for your dinner.
After a bit of more biking you reach the ruins of the Bomarsund fortress. This impressive construction was commissioned by the Czar when Åland was a part of Russia and was meant to house thousands of soldiers. Construction was never completed - instead the fort was attacked by British and French troops, who saw to destroy it with explosives after having taken it.
Leaving Bomarsund, you'll bike Eastward to Vårdö. Here you can continue on one of Åland's nicest bike roads to Simskäla or you can relax during the afternoon at Sandösund Resort. In the evening you'll board your first island ferry - bringing you to Kumlinge, where you'll spend the night in cabins by the sea.
You can add an extra night to visit Geta in Northern Åland and stay the night in a nice cottage with a great view for €40 per person. Just write "Geta" in the message box when making your reservation.
After your breakfast at the hotel you get a boat ride back to Kumlinge. You bike across this small island to take an island ferry in the southern port. On your way you can peek inside the Kumlinge church and look at the unique medieval chalk paintings. You continue by island ferry through the Åland archipelago, stopping in Föglö and passing Sottunga before you reach Kökar. On the ferry you can enjoy the view with a cup of coffee on the deck.
In the outermost archipelago of Åland you'll reach Kökar, with many interesting sights, such as the medieval stone church in Hamnö, the Kalen hiking trail, or harbour village Karlby. Kökar is small and easy to bike around. You'll stay the night in Klobbars Guesthouse.
If you'd like to stay in a hotel instead of a guesthouse in Kökar, we can book double rooms for you at Brudhäll in Karlby, for an extra charge of €20 per person. Bed linen, towels, breakfast, ensuite bathrooms and WiFi included. Brudhäll has a restaurant with full service, a marina and seaside bar. Write "Brudhäll" as a request when you book if you prefer this accommodation.
You have the first part of the day to explore more of Kökar and eat lunch before you take the island ferry back to mainland Åland. From the port Långnäs you continue by bike to Mariehamn. On the way you pass the Lemström canal, built by Russian prisoners during the Czar reign. The bridge over the canal opens every hour to let sailing yachts and larger boats pass through.
If you like to bike some more miles you can go ashore already in Överö and bike through Föglö before continuing to Mariehamn.
In Mariehamn you'll be accommodated at Strandnäs Hotel and have the evening free to sample the town's restaurants and nightlife. Or just relax.
Breakfast at your hotel. Then you bike through Mariehamn heading south to Järsö. This is one of the most beautiful roads in Åland. Arriving in Järsö you can have a cup of coffee and a snack before returning to Mariehamn to return the bikes. On the way back you can stop by the Åland Art Museum. Remember to sample our famous Åland pancake in some café or restaurant before leaving!
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