DESTINATION: ARCHIPELAGO OF KÖKAR IN ÅLAND
In the outermost southern part of Åland lies the archipelago of Kökar, consisting of one larger island surrounded by thousands of smaller ones. What most attracts visitors to Kökar today is the stunning nature, composed of barren rocks with pockets of lush forests, wild fields and protected bays for swimming. At Kökar guests can visit the local history museum (hembygd museum), take a boat trip to Källskär, bike around and take a picnic in Hamnö near the church. Kökar is also known for the Franciscus monastery that stood here during the medieval times and “Franciscan days” are held every July to celebrate the Saint. Peders Aplagård is also an excellent place to visit by bike, where they bottle spring water “oppsjöbrus” and sell apple products. Visitors can also take a guided tour in their apple tree garden.
Stay at Hotel Brudhäll, Skinnars cottages or Antons B&B where they have sheep that guests can see and pet. Visitors are welcome at Kökar to experience a long walk along the nature trails, watch birds from bird-watching platforms and take a picnic in the sunset.
How to get there:
From Finland Pargas (2.5h), or Långnäs mainland Åland (2.5h).