Formerly part of the Russian Empire (and named by Alexander II after the Empress Maria), Mariehamn, the capital of Aland, sits on an archipelago of over 6,500 islands at the entrance to the beautiful Gulf of Bothnia.

Mariehamn’s scenic harbors, marinas, greenery, charming wooden houses, and wide, straight streets make it the perfect place to explore on foot. Be sure to stroll the Esplanade, an avenue accented with the aroma of lime trees stretching from east to west—harbor to harbor—across the peninsula.

For a faster pace, cruise the many paths and parks on a bike, then stop to savor the local speciality, Aland fish soup, at one of many cozy cafes. Local game and lamb dishes are also popular, and the surrounding countryside means most cuisine is made with fresh ingredients. (Restaurants and cafes proudly import little more than coffee, tea, and pepper.)

Unlike any of the other capitals on the Baltic Sea, Mariehamn is much smaller, cozier, and home to a hospitable islander lifestyle and a proud maritime cultural history. Its southern location also makes it the warmest place in Finland, so in the summer, wearing your sunglasses at night (while soaking up the midnight sun) is a must.

Aland Maritime Museum

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A life preserver at the Aland Maritime Museum in Mariehamn, Finland

Aland Maritime Museum

Widely considered one of Finland’s finest, explore this highly interactive museum to learn as much about merchant shipping in centuries past as the region itself. The Pommern, a four-masted 1903 ship in its original condition, is anchored outside the museum, and Mariehamn’s best restaurant, Nautical, is next door.

Sjökvarteret (Maritime Quarter)

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The Sjökvarteret (Maritime Quarter) in Mariehamn, Finland

Sjökvarteret (Maritime Quarter)

Equal parts museum, market, and marina on Mariehamn’s east harbor. Stroll the historic waterfront, learn about Aland’s shipbuilding past and present, shop for famous marine-inspired art, crafts, and jewelry, or savor fresh fare and local brews at the fabulous Pub Niska.

Kastelholm Castle

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An exterior view of Kastelholm Castle in Mariehamn, Finland

Kastelholm Castle

With stunning views of a beautiful fjord, travel back nearly 700 years through Aland’s history—from sieges and fires, to rebellions and political conflicts. Just a short drive from Mariehamn, this Swedish-built medieval castle was originally a fortress built in the late 1300s.

Mariehamn, Aland, Finland At a glance

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  • 75.18
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Local Details:
GPS: 60°5'23.99"N 19°55'13.17"E
Size: 21.00 KM2 (8.11 MI2)
Population: 11,658
Density: 555 Pop/KM2 (214 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 358

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