Tourism in Åland

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Tourism in Åland is promoted by Visit Åland, the official tourism organisation of the Åland Islands.

Attractions[edit]

The museum ship Pommern in Mariehamn.

Åland's major tourist attraction is the mild nature of its seasons compared to other parts of Scandinavia. The Åland Islands experience more sunshine hours per year than any other place in the region - in midsummer, the sun rises at approximately 3:30am and sets at about 10:00pm.[1][2] In addition, Åland's summers are comparatively warm and its winters comparatively mild, making it a popular holiday destination among neighbouring Swedes and Finns.[2][3]

Åland's capital, Mariehamn, has a long maritime history chronology.[4] Primarily a shipping town, Mariehamn is home to a museum ship still in its original condition as a cargo carrier.[5] The Åland Islands are a collection of islands in an archipelago, and the eight inhabited islands in the archipelago are home to a number of small villages, many with architectural monuments to the Åland Islands' past clearly evident in the form of ruined abbeys and castles.[6] Kastelholm Castle, dating back to the 16th century, is a popular attraction bordered by two golf courses.[7][8]

Åland also draws a number of tourists looking to participate in outdoor activities, with diving, climbing, paddling, hiking, camping and horse riding popular with visitors. Hunting is also possible in Åland, and is actively encouraged by Visit Åland.[9]

Statistics[edit]

207,566 tourists arrived in Åland in 2009. This was a 9.9 per cent decrease from the number of tourists arriving in 2008. 44.3 per cent of the arriving tourists were from Finland, 43.9 per cent of the arrivals were from Sweden and the remainder, 11.9 per cent, were from other countries. The average stay for tourists in Åland was 2.1 nights, with the figure slightly lower for tourists from Finland (1.9 nights), the same for tourists from Sweden and higher for tourists from other countries (3.2 nights). 108,241 of the total number of tourists arriving in Åland in 2009 stayed in hotels, 26,072 stayed in guest houses, 39,620 stayed in cottages while the remainder, 39,620 visitors, camped as their form of accommodation. One notable statistic is the increase in the number of guests from countries other than Finland and Sweden staying in hotels - this increased by 77.8 per cent from 2008.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts about Åland". Natwest Island Games XIII. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Experience Åland all year round". Visit Åland. 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Singleton, Frederick (1998). A short history of Finland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 8. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Holly (2009). Frommer's 500 extraordinary islands. Frommer's. p. 159. ISBN 0-470-50070-0. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Museum ship Pommern". Frommer's. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Collins, Steve (2010). "Aland Islands in Finland". Grumpy's Getaway Guide. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kastelholm Castle". Muuka.com. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ "5 things you must see". Visit Åland. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Outdoor life". Visit Åland. 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Guests arrived and nights spent in accomodation (sic) 2009 by type of accomodation (sic)" (in Microsoft Excel format). Statistics and Research Åland. Retrieved January 27, 2011.