Children's Åland

Families enjoy the Åland islands. These islands are relaxed and secure and there are lots to see and experience. The journey is quick and simple from Sweden or Finland and there are many accommodation alternatives to choose in between.

Enjoy the summer and your Åland holiday with fun filled days of activities for the whole family. Here you’ll find a selection of what the Åland islands have to offer when the whole family wants to share experiences.

Family activities

For families that enjoy being active it’s suitable to rent bicycles, a car, a kayak or a boat and go for your own adventure on or among the islands. Bring your stuffed picnic basket along! The main island is just 45 kilometres from north to south and 50 kilometres from west to east, which makes it easy to explore.

Wherever you go on Åland, the shore is always near. There are both long sandy beaches for families with smaller children and beaches with jumping towers where the older children will enjoy themselves. At the beaches in Mariehamn there are beach volley courts and in town is the swimming centre Mariebad, with its great adventure pool.

Who is fastest behind the wheel? After a family race around the 605 meter long go-cart course in Vessingsboda, you’ll know the answer. More examples of fun summer activities are minigolf, boule, farm visits or an exciting safari expedition in the wildlife enclosure in Eckerö.

Sjökvarteret, Mariehamn

Enjoy an outing

Åland is made for small outings – book a guided boat trip to the Åland archipelago or plan your own family outing.

During a day trip to Eckerö you can for example take a round trip with the wildlife safari tram and visit the Åland Hunting and Fishing Museum by the old fishing shacks in Käringsund. In Eckerö is also the Eckerö Mail & Custom’s House located. If you want to swim or lay on the beach, there are both Sandviken’s beach and Degersand’s beach.

Viltsafari, Käringsund

If you would rather go eastward you can spend a day in the archipelago municipality Vårdö. On the road to Vårdö, you’ll also drive by the castle in Kastelholm and the fortress ruins in Bomarsund with the Bomarsund’s museum and the exhibition in Telegrafen.

If you want to visit the outer archipelago, we can also recommend Föglö in the southern parts of Åland. Leave the car in Svinö, take the ferry and walk around in the picturesque village Degerby. Further out in the archipelago is Kökar with its beautiful untouched nature and the island Källskär. Contact Ålandstrafiken for further information about the archipelago ferries´ timetables.

Also the shipping town of Mariehamn with the Åland Maritime Museum and the sailing ship Pommern is well worth a visit.

Lilla Holmen beach, located just a short distance on foot from the centre of Mariehamn, is popular among families. The sandy beach is child-friendly and has a bridge, diving raft, beach volley court and a pirate ship for smaller children.

Excursions on your own

There is so much to discover in Åland. What are you particularly interested in? Is it the archipelago, nature, the islands’ history or maybe its shipping? Here you can get inspiration for your own excursion to the Åland island world.

Drop by the Åland’s Tourist Information at Storagatan 8 in Mariehamn or contact them by telephone: +358 18 24000 or write an email: [email protected] for further information.

The whole family can enjoy Åland. There are plenty of fun activities for children large and small. And for all funloving adults as well.

How about swimming in the sea, go-cart racing, visiting a real farm or going for an exciting exploration tour on board a real, ancient sailing ship? In Åland there are simply innumerable interesting favourite excursion destinations for families that want to spend time together.

Family events

Åland also offers many events that are especially suited for families with children, such as the Viking Market and Åland Harvest Festival.

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Easter at Kastelholm Castle


Categories: Culture, Family

Location: Kastelholms slott,, Kastelholm

Occation: 10:00

The castle welcomes visitors from Good Friday to Sunday between 10 am & 4 pm.

Boat excursion to the lighthouse on Sälskär, Hammarland

Categories: Culture, Family

Location: Skarpnåtö Sjötrafik, Hammarland

Occation: all day

We take you for an unforgettable trip to the lighthouse on Sälskär in Hammarland by M/S Silvana.

Lions Club Mariehamn’s traditional flea market at the town square of Mariehamn


Categories: Family, Markets

Location: Torget,, Mariehamn

Occation: 11:00

Evening market in the archipelago village of Degerby on Föglö


Categories: Family, Markets

Location: Degerby,, Föglö

Occation: 19:00

The ferry crossing from Svinö on the main island of Åland to the village of Degerby takes about 30 minutes.…

Sottunga Day 2023

Categories: Culinary experiences, Family, Markets

Location: Sottunga gästhamn, Sottunga

Occation: all day

Sottunga's theme day at Sottunga Marina with programme and sales of local products.

Spring fair at Emmaus Åland in Norrböle, Mariehamn


Categories: Family, Markets

Location: Emmaus Second Hand – Norrböle,, Mariehamn

Occation: 10:00

Spring fair at the recycling centre with sales of recycled items, plants from Emmaus green houses, auction of antiquities and…

Oldtime Car show: Cruising

Categories: Family, Nightlife

Location: Mariehamn

Occation: 18:00

The popular car show and cruising. Starts at the horse-racecourse, where cars are displayed. The cruising is under the evening,…

Föglö Week 2023


Categories: Culinary experiences, Culture, Family, Markets

Location: Föglö, Föglö

Occation: all day

Cinema Bio Savoy


Categories: Culture, Family

Location: Nygatan 14,, Mariehamn

Occation: all day

Check the updated film programme in the website link here below!

Running contest: Semesterloppet 2023 in Eckerö

Categories: Family, Sport

Location: Käringsund Resort & Conference

Occation: 14:30

To be sure to get to enjoy some sun during summer a visit to Käringsund, Eckerö in west of the…

Midsummer Eve’s celebrations

Categories: Family

Location: Olika ställen på Åland

Occation: all day

Farm visit at 4H Farm in Jomala


Categories: Family

Location: Ålands 4H, Ålands Landsbygdscentrum, 22150 Jomala, Jomala

Occation: 08:00

Welcome to visit the domestic animals and pets at 4H Farm in Jomala. Please respect the animals by treating them…

Åland Harvest Festival 2023


Categories: Family, Markets

Location: Skördefesten

Occation: 11:00

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