Ferry to Mariehamn (Åland Islands) - Kapellskar (from Åland Islands), Sweden

Ferries Mariehamn (Åland Islands) - Kapellskar (from Åland Islands)


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Mariehamn (Åland Islands)

Information about Mariehamn
Mariehamn is the capital of the autonomous province of the Åland Islands with 11.286 inhabitants (2012 data), and is located on the island of Fasta Åland.

Mariehamn is home to the government and parliament of Åland and 40% of the population lives in the capital. As for the rest of Åland Mariehamn is Swedish speaking; Finnish is taught in schools, but it is not an official language.

The city is named after Marija Aleksandrovna, empress consort of Alexander II of Russia. Mariehamn was founded in 1861, around the village of Övernäs, which at the time belonged to the municipality of Jomala. Mariehamn expanding has incorporated other territories of the neighboring municipality. The capital is located on a peninsula, and has two major ports, located on the east and west coast.
The western port is a marina, while the eastern port is very important for its international airports which connect Åland daily to Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. Ships sailing the Baltic, stopping at Åland, enjoy tax relief due to the fact that the latter is not part of the European customs union, thus making it possible to tax-free sales on board the vessels. Mariehamn International Airport (MHQ) is located in the neighboring municipality of Jomala, 3 kilometers northwest of the city center.

Åland and Mariehamn have a respectable heritage at sea. The Flying P-Liner Pommern ship, now a museum ship, is anchored in the western port. In the western port one can visit one of the largest marinas in Scandinavia. The popular Dutch steamer Jan Nieveen (now called F.P. von Knorring, pub-restaurant) is located in the western port.
Mariehamn (Åland Islands)

Kapellskar (from Åland Islands)

Reaching the port of Kapellskärs
Kapellskär is a port about 90 kilometres (60 mi) north of Stockholm, in Sweden. It is located by the Baltic Sea, in Norrtälje Municipality, Stockholm County and is served by frequent passenger ferry services to Mariehamn, Åland, Finland, operated by Viking Line, with 3 services per day and direction during peak season. There are also services to Naantali in mainland Finland operated by Finnlink, and to Paldiski in Estonia operated by Tallink and DFDS, although only the Mariehamn route is open to pedestrians: the Naantali and DFDS Paldiski routes require a vehicle.
Kapellskar (from Åland Islands)