Falling in Love with Åland Islands

During the following weeks you will find some travel posts here. What do those have to do with my happiness- / motivation- / inspiration- / health blog, you may ask? I have had one wish for so long. Like very many other people, I want to travel the world. See all the different beautiful places. And as this year is all about living my dreams for me, I am giving it a go from the very beginning. I decided to start with baby steps, exploring my home country Finland, starting with the island Åland as part of the #NBE Nordic Blogger Experience … and now I’m in awe.

Have you ever heard about Åland before? Don’t worry. Most people haven’t. It’s a little island that belongs to Finland, is much closer to Sweden though and where they speak Swedish too. That’s all I knew before going there, but during the two days I fell in love.

åland travel tipsåland sightseeingWe took a ferry from Helsinki to Marienhamn, which was apparently very smart decision. The ride, a night in a cabin and an incredible seafood buffet with all the fish and DESSERT you can wish for costs less than a night at a hotel, so it’s a real bargain. And I would pay lots for the food alone!

In Marienhamn we stayed at the Hotel Arkipelag, which I also enjoyed most because of the food (what’s wrong with me?). They served typical Åland butter and cheese, Åland apple juice, Åland pancakes and Åland honey. THAT is experiencing culture for me! There are fancy resorts with croissants and eggs all over the world, but in how many places do I get to try square Åland pancakes?

We spent our two days in Åland exploring all the beautiful sights the main island has to offer and I definitely want to go back in summer now. You can even rent your own little island..!? Like, how cool is that? There are islands for 4-12 people and they start at 160€ / island / night. Does anyone want to treat me with a romantic surprise (much needed!) – I’ll have an island please!

I think my favourite things in Åland were the activities. That’s one of the things I always enjoy most when I’m travelling. Activity in new places is immediately more fun than jogging in your same-old-neighbourhood at home. Åland is amazing for cross-country skiing and nordic walking in winter (we did both and I was so proud of my skiing skills!) and you can cycle in summer. You can even island-hop on your tour!

åland foodfood ålandAnd on your stops you must visit the restaurants for the best food I’ve had in a while. Andy put it quite right: “The food is Finland’s best kept secret.” I haven’t had as good food in AGES. We had salmon, salad with hot goat’s cheese, and lots of incredible desserts like hot chocolate brownie with pecan ice cream or kanelbullar (cinnamon rolls in Swedish).

My top tip: the mudcake at Bagarstugan. I cried. I first almost cried because we entered a cute little wooden doll house with lace, roses, flowers, embroidery and sweet pastel porcelain and the most beautifully decorated cakes, then I almost shed a tear when I saw the 20+ pots of different tea leaves (blueberry caramel rooibos was my favourite!) and when I tried the gooey, fudgy chocolate mudcake I couldn’t help it anymore.

ålandI am such a happy person now. My baby-step travel experience was a winner! This shows that a “holiday” doesn’t always have to be very far away or even expensive. I loved absolutely everything about my little trip and can’t wait to take on bigger adventures next time!


 

PS.: Also make sure to check out my first video from Åland:

Share:

8 Comments

  1. 26/01/2017 / 12:23

    So happy to read this! I live in Turku, and I have been cycling in Åland for the past ten summers! And I simply love the place. You must get there, ’cause in summer it’s even lovelier there! :-)

  2. 26/01/2017 / 12:04

    Ihana postaus! Minusta olis ainakin ihana lukea enemmänkin näitä sun matkustuspostauksia. :-) Jo silloin kun olit tuolla, ja katselin sun snäppejä (#snapchatfam) niin aloin jo suunnitella omaa Ahvenanmaan reissuani! Vaikuttaa niin ihanalta paikalta!

  3. Julia-Anna
    26/01/2017 / 09:53

    Wow Lottie! Great photos and great post :) I love to read travel posts and I think they go perfectly with your motto “she lives her dream”. Your post is all about happiness and inspiration for me and also about how to enjoy live which is important for our health in some way. So I would love to read more travel posts on your blog.
    I fell in love with Åland with you and it makes me very sad that I had the oppotunity to go there this summer when I was in Stockholm but I didn’t do it :( The trip with the boat would have been much longer than to other islands but I loved the description of Åland when I first read it. Unfortunately we decided to go to Grinda instead, which was also very beautiful. Now I know I have to come back and visit Åland too!
    I am really looking forward to your Snaps and Instastories and Blogposts from Amsterdam and Bali and wherever else. I wish you a nice and save trip and I hope it will be a great time for you!
    Greetings from Austria ☺️👋🏼

  4. 26/01/2017 / 09:19

    I really love your photos!!! Thanks to this post I decide to visit Finland as soon as possible. I have never been a ferry kind of person but it looked so good on your stories (snpachat&insta).

    Your inspire me to take a moment and think about My Dreams! I always want to find a purpuse for year but it comes to me always too late. Time to change this!!!
    Thank you.❤

    And I’m really hungry when I see those food pictures 😄

  5. Eleonore Buffet
    26/01/2017 / 00:49

    Luv this blogpost because even though it’s as you say a travel post, it is YOU. You talk about your feelings, the experiences and tie in the different “usual” elements of your blogs: sports and food. Now I’m hungry…and it’s nearly 11pm aiai, your discriptions are lovely ..now I think I need a bit of Åland get away:)

  6. Chantalle97
    26/01/2017 / 00:49

    Liebe Lottie 💕
    Zu allererst muss ich sagen deine Frage wie sich deine Reisen mit deinem “Thema” verbinden lässt entsteht bei mir gar nicht. Was gibt es bitte inspirierenderes als eine Reise? Als neue Sachen zu entdecken ? Sich neuen Prüfungen zu stellen ? Genau dafür ist das Leben doch da. Im Leben geht es darum zu wachsen und schöne Erinnerungen zu sammeln und du hast das verstanden! Du zeigst uns hier immer wieder das du eine inspirierende und meist auch glückliche Person bist die alles aus ihrem Leben herausholen möchte. Und daher denke ich nicht nur das es super mit deinen Ideen die du hier zeigen möchtest zusammen passt sondern auch das es sogar notwendig ist. Wie willst du uns von Glück berichten wenn du es nie erlebst und wie willst du uns eine Inspiration sein wenn du selber nicht inspiriert bist? Wie kann ein Mensch Wegweiser für andere sein wenn er sich immer nur innerhalb seiner Komfortzone aufhält? Wenn er nie neue Leute kennenlernt und nie neue Perspektiven des Lebens betrachtet? Lottie wieso wünscht man jemanden er soll so bleiben wie er ist? Aus Angst und aus Gewohnheit aber nur der wer aus der Gewohnheit ausbricht kann über sich selber hinauswachsen. Wie soll man einen Tipp geben oder jemandem in einer bestimmten Situation helfen wenn man selber keine eigene Meinung vertreten kann weil man noch nie die Möglichkeit hat sich wirklich eine eigene zu bilden?
    Die Menschen die immer nur den leichten Weg gehen, die die nie kämpfen mussten , nie verzweifelt waren, nie geliten haben, die nie geliebt und verloren haben, die nie gesiegt haben, die sich immer auf andere verlassen, das machen was alle machen, das lesen was alle lesen und das glauben was alle glauben die können kein vollkommenes Leben führen und das möchtest du doch!

    Außerdem muss ich sagen das Ich Åland bisher auch nicht kannte. Ich kenne sehr wohl Öland und war auch bereits dort und dachte im ersten Moment (in Snapchat) das du dich versprochen hättest aber ich muss sagen auch Åland sieht unglaublich aus! Dank dir steht Finnland und definitiv auch diese schöne Insel ganz weit oben auf meiner Reiseliste.
    Und ich finde es super wie du dich über Tee erfreuen kannst denn damit haben wir direkt was gemeinsam.

    Lottie ich wünsche dir einen ganz tollen Tag.
    Liebe Grüße 👋🏻

  7. 26/01/2017 / 00:32

    And now I’m hungry hahaha… 😜 It sounds lovely! A wonderful place to relax and put phones down! 🙌 Can I go with you on summer haha? Cannot wait for more travels posts!
    Kisses, Sara 😘

  8. Bernarda
    26/01/2017 / 00:17

    This post really puts smile on my face 😁 Finland looks beautiful and can’t wait for your vlogs! And that island is just so good idea! For Valentines ❤ or birthday!🎉 yey for travels this year!