Island-Hopping by Bike in Åland
The Åland islands are perfect for cycling – the roads are flat, there’s hardly any traffic, and bridges and ferries connect picturesque islands to each other.
Ten thousand years ago the land began to rise from the sea bed, gradually giving birth to thousands of islands now known as Åland.
With most of them uninhabited, it doesn’t take long to feel a sense of freedom on a cycling tour of the islands.
You don’t need to be particularly sporty to enjoy a cycling holiday on Åland, as the highest elevations are only about 130 metres above sea level.
Every now and then gentle hills provide a nice change to the flat terrain and will not cause you to break into much of a sweat.
Don’t miss the ferry!
You can bring your own bike, or you can hire one in Mariehamn for about 35 euros per week.
There are ferries operating regular routes between the islands, but check the ferry timetables before you set off on your tour – some islands are served less frequently and you don’t want to miss your ride.
In terms of accommodation, you can choose from campgrounds, cottages, bed & breakfasts and rooms in private homes.
It’s a good idea to book ahead, particularly in the peak season in June and July.