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The sunniest spot in northern Europe, Åland Islands is one of the best-kept secrets in Scandinavia. Located in the middle of the Baltic Sea, it’s an autonomous territory of Finland that consists of 6,757 islets and islands. The islands are known for their beautiful white sand beaches, small peaceful villages and cycling routes, making it an ideal location for travellers seeking a quiet and serene place to get away. If you are planning on visiting these remote islands, making travel insurance part of your trip planning is a must.

Travel tips for vacations to the Åland Islands

Tourists and Scandinavians alike flock to the Åland Islands during the summer because of its unique appeal and quirks. Even though it is part of Finland, the official language is Swedish. It is part of the European Union, and its official currency is the euro (EUR), but the Swedish krona is also accepted by many businesses.

Of the 6,757 islands that make up the archipelago, about 300 are habitable islands and more than 90% of the population lives on Fasta Åland.

There are two main ways you can get to the islands: by plane or by ferry. The airport is located close to the capital city, Mariehamn. There are also several car ferries from Finland. Once you are on the island, a plethora of bridges and cable ferries allow you to hop from island to island.

June and July are the best months to visit. In July, you can take part in the Åland Viking heritage at the Viking Market in Saltvik.

Sightseeing in the Åland Islands

The Åland Islands is popular stop for cruise ships, and there are a number of great attractions to see. Check out the Maritime Museum and the Museum Ship Pommern, the fortress of Bomarsund, the Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården (a farmstead from the past) and the Åland churches, stately memories of medieval times.

If you are interested in taking an excursion, take a trip to Stallhagen brewery to see the brewing process up close, enjoy a Viking feast in the Viking village, play golf, sail on a sailing ship or try your hand at sport fishing in the Baltic Sea.

Travel insurance for trips to the Åland Islands

When travelling to small and remote places such as the Åland Islands, you should make sure to have additional protection. Trip delays, lost baggage, missed connections and booking mishaps are all part of travel, and they could happen to you. Travel insurance provides the additional protection and travel assistance you need, no matter where you are located. Contact Blue Cross today to get a travel insurance quote for your trip to the Åland Islands.

General Aland Islands Canada
Continent: Europe
Population :   34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 1,527 9,984,670
Capital: Mariehamn (Finland)
Currency: Euro
Official language(s): Swedish
Diesel :   1.23 (2012)
Gasoline :   1.23 (2013)

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