Sun, sea and bathing
Sun, blue seas and long lazy days on the beach are all part of summer. After a refreshing dip in the salt sea water the picnic tastes even better.
Long lazy days at the beach
Save one of these days for the natural sandy beach at Degersand in Eckerö. The long and shallow beach is a popular place for families. It is situated in a protected bay, yet offers a fantastic view of the sea.
It’s easy to enjoy Bamböleviken with its diving tower, fine smooth bedrock and shallow sandy beach. The beach is located by a beautiful sea bay where it is sunny and pleasant all day. You can swim either in shallow or deep waters at Bamböle, which means that the older children can enjoy the diving tower while the smaller ones play at the water’s edge.
Our best beaches
Lilla Holmen beach is located just a short distance on foot from the centre of Mariehamn. The sandy beach is child-friendly and has a bridge, diving raft, beach volley court and a pirate ship for smaller children. Nabben beach, just outside central Mariehamn, offers a fine view over the eastern bay. The beach is child-friendly and has a playground and a beach volleyball court.
Mariebad and Godby swimming centres
Training, competition or exercise swimming – Åland offers swimming options for people of all levels thanks to the swimming centres Mariebad in Mariehamn and Ålands idrottscenter in Godby. These establishments can take groups of up to 60-70 people. Since the halls are just a 15-minute drive from one another, the groups may also split up and train at different centres.
The Mariebad swimming pools and spa centre has a superb position over the waters of the eastern harbour. With its bubble pool, giddying water slide and exciting fun pool – not to mention the exercise and competition pool with eight 25-metre lanes and electronic timing – the centre is fun for the whole family. Outside the centre there is a sundeck and swimming jetty exclusively for Mariebad guests whereas the beach and café are open to everyone. Weary bodies can be soothed with some pampering in the Spa.
The main pool in Godby has eight lanes; it is 25 metres long and 21 metres wide. That means that each lane is 2.5 metres wide instead of the normal 2 metres. The pool is ideally fitted for competitions and is considered a fast pool. The grandstand on the first floor seats 250. It meets all international regulations for the biggest competitions. The proximity of the Godby hall means that it is possible to combine swimming practice with use of the sport hall’s gym, sports hall, conference premises for 25 delegates and serving area. Near the hall there is a lit exercise track that also functions as a skiing track in winter.
Now you can take your sauna to wherever you want to swim. If you rent a sauna boat, that is. Just take the rudder and set your course for the nearest beautiful bay. Sauna boats are available from Sandösunds Camping, or at Långvikens Stugor.