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Mariehamn, Finland

Take a memorable Alaska cruise adventure to Mariehamn, Finland. Situated on the Ã…land Islands, Mariehamn unveils itself as a picturesque cruise port of call along the tranquil waters of the Baltic Sea. As your ship draws near, the panorama of wooden houses, verdant landscapes, and countless masts of the sailing ships at the western harbor form an idyllic scene. Mariehamn exudes a unique charm, balancing its rich seafaring history with a stunning natural environment. Amid the tranquil archipelago, the region's diverse marine life, including seals and a plethora of bird species, thrives. Here, in Mariehamn, expect an immersive journey into Finland's maritime heritage and the enchanting beauty of the Ã…land Islands.

The Western Harbour of Mariehamn is a deepwater port, permitting cruise ships to dock directly without the need for tenders. Ships typically arrive early in the morning, allowing passengers the entire day to explore the town and its surroundings. Stays usually last around ten hours, providing ample time for diverse activities. Within the harbor, you can visit the Ã…land Maritime Museum and the legendary Pommern, a majestic windjammer anchored nearby. Essential facilities, including shops, eateries, and information centers, are conveniently located, making the port a welcoming gateway to Mariehamn's offerings

Mariehamn

Mariehamn, often referred to as the "town of a thousand linden trees," impresses visitors with its tree-lined avenues and charming wooden architecture. Central to the town is the Sjökvarteret, or Maritime Quarter, a lively area with historic shipyard environments and artisan shops. For an inspiring view of the surroundings, visit the Badhusberget, a hill with a viewing tower and scenic paths. A stroll through the town reveals beautifully preserved wooden villas and quaint gardens, each telling a story of its own. With museums, parks, and a host of cultural landmarks, the inviting town of Mariehamn has something for every visitor.

Mariehamn's culture is deeply steeped in its maritime history and the traditions of the Ã…land Islands. The local population, predominantly Swedish-speaking, maintains a strong sense of cultural identity and local customs. The Maritime Museum and the Cultural History Museum of Ã…land provide an in-depth exploration into the region's history and way of life. The Midsummer's Eve festival, a major celebration in Mariehamn, gives visitors a taste of local customs and folk traditions. Throughout the town, evidence of its shipbuilding past and the islanders' relationship with the sea weave a fascinating cultural tapestry.

Attractions and Activities

Mariehamn serves as an ideal base for various outdoor adventures that capture the beauty of the Ã…land Islands. Cycling tours along the well-maintained paths offer panoramic views of the surrounding archipelago. Nature enthusiasts can embark on bird-watching tours, or visit the Lilla Holmen, a park with a small zoo and a beach. Fishing trips in the Baltic Sea are a popular pastime, while the local waters are perfect for kayaking and sailing. The serene natural environment of Mariehamn provides a canvas for memorable experiences and outdoor enjoyment.

Local Speciality

The culinary scene in Mariehamn offers a delightful palette of traditional Finnish and local Ã…land flavors. Be sure to try the Ã…land pancake, served with plum jam and whipped cream, a signature dish of the islands. The abundance of fresh seafood, especially herring and salmon, dominates the local menus. Pair your meal with a glass of Ã…land's apple cider, locally brewed and renowned throughout Finland. For dessert, a slice of black bread cheese with cloudberries is a delightful treat.

Souvenir shopping in Mariehamn offers an opportunity to procure locally made goods and support Ã…land's artisans. Traditional hand-knitted items, such as sweaters and scarves, are popular take-homes. Local shops offer exquisite pieces of jewelry inspired by Nordic nature. Don't miss the chance to taste and purchase Ã…land's pancake mix, a signature delicacy of the islands. Whether it's artisanal crafts or local gastronomic delights, you'll find a unique memento of your visit.

Best time to visit Mariehamn

Mariehamn's charm is a year-round affair, but each season brings its unique allure. The summer months are popular, with sunny weather ideal for outdoor activities and the Midsummer's Eve celebrations in full swing. The Autumn Harvest Festival, held in September, showcases local food culture and artisanal produce. Winter provides opportunities for ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Springtime, with blooming wildflowers and migratory birds returning, adds to the island's serene beauty. Each visit to Mariehamn is a chance to discover a new facet of this charming town.


Mariehamn Cruise Schedule

Mariehamn, with its tranquil ambiance and rich maritime heritage, is a jewel in the crown of the Baltic Sea cruise routes. Its appeal lies in its harmonious blend of history, culture, and stunning natural surroundings. From exploring the town's unique heritage to indulging in outdoor activities, your time in Mariehamn will be marked by enriching experiences. Every step on this charming island town unfolds a new chapter in its narrative, making for a truly memorable visit. So, as you cruise the enchanting waters of the Baltic, let the allure of Mariehamn guide you to its tranquil shores.

Viking Ocean Cruises Baltic 14-day route

14-day Baltic cruise from Stockholm

Viking Sky, Viking Ocean Cruises

Date: July 1, 2024

Ports of Call: Stockholm, Stockholm, Mariehamn, Gdansk, Bornholm, Warnemunde, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Oslo, Stavanger, Eidfjord, Bergen, Bergen; View Itinerary

Viking Ocean Cruises Baltic 14-day route

14-day Baltic cruise from Stockholm

Viking Venus, Viking Ocean Cruises

Date: July 12, 2024

Ports of Call: Stockholm, Stockholm, Mariehamn, Gdansk, Bornholm, Warnemunde, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Oslo, Stavanger, Eidfjord, Bergen, Bergen; View Itinerary

Viking Ocean Cruises Baltic 14-day route

14-day Baltic cruise from Stockholm

Viking Saturn, Viking Ocean Cruises

Date: July 24, 2024

Ports of Call: Stockholm, Stockholm, Mariehamn, Gdansk, Bornholm, Warnemunde, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Oslo, Stavanger, Eidfjord, Bergen, Bergen; View Itinerary

Viking Ocean Cruises Baltic 14-day route

14-day Baltic cruise from Stockholm

Viking Neptune, Viking Ocean Cruises

Date: August 1, 2024

Ports of Call: Stockholm, Stockholm, Mariehamn, Gdansk, Bornholm, Warnemunde, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Oslo, Stavanger, Eidfjord, Bergen, Bergen; View Itinerary

Viking Ocean Cruises Baltic 14-day route

14-day Baltic cruise from Stockholm

Viking Sky, Viking Ocean Cruises

Date: August 26, 2024

Ports of Call: Stockholm, Stockholm, Mariehamn, Gdansk, Bornholm, Warnemunde, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Oslo, Stavanger, Eidfjord, Bergen, Bergen; View Itinerary

Silversea Cruises Baltic 14-day route

14-day Baltic cruise from Copenhagen

Silver Dawn, Silversea Cruises

Date: September 5, 2024

Ports of Call: Copenhagen, Karlskrona, Visby, Stockholm, Stockholm, Helsinki, Mariehamn, Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Gdansk, Ronne, Warnemunde, Copenhagen; View Itinerary

Viking Ocean Cruises Baltic 14-day route

14-day Baltic cruise from Stockholm

Viking Jupiter, Viking Ocean Cruises

Date: May 12, 2025

Ports of Call: Stockholm, Stockholm, Mariehamn, Gdansk, Bornholm, Warnemunde, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Oslo, Stavanger, Eidfjord, Bergen, Bergen; View Itinerary