GO2 ALAND ISLANDS FINLAND
The writer flew Finnair to Helsinki, and then Flybe to Mairehamn. finnair.com The delightful HavsVidden, on the north coast of Aland, offers a range of packages and accommodation types, from cliff houses to suites. havsvidden.com Visit the award-winning Maritime Museum for a beautifully presented celebration of the area’s shipping past.
In June, local brewer Stallhagen launched the Stallhagen Historic Beer 1842. Be sure to visit to sample their beers. stallhagen.com With gentle rises and good roads, biking around Aland is great fun. visitaland.com/en/articles/ar ound-on-a-bicycle/ One of Scandinavia’s top celebrity chefs Michael Bjorklund runs the very fine Smakbyn restaurant near the medieval Kastelholm Castle.