Kökar

Kökar

Kökar is a Swedish-speaking municipality with 244 inhabitants and is one of the islands (belongs to Finland) that lie between Finland and Sweden. You can reach the Åland Islands by ferry from Turku in 2.5 hours.

The Åland Islands are part of the Finnish archipelago and are one of the most popular sailing areas in the northern countries. There is also a ferry service with Viking Line and Tallink Silja from Turku and Stockholm, connecting the Åland Islands (via Mariehamn) to the mainland. The majority of the population speaks Swedish as their mother tongue.

Kökar Åland
Kökar – Åland

Although the Åland Islands are a popular sailing destination, it is also popular as a cycling destination. Most connections between the islands are free. I stayed at Hotel Brudhäll, but there are also opportunities for camping in Kökar.

One of the island’s highlights is St. Anne’s Church, built in 1784 and a Bronze Age site dating back to 1150 BC. The organ in the Church of St. Anna was also impressive. A ship model also hung from the roof, which is very popular in coastal churches in Finland and Sweden. I also saw a midsummer pole and a maze on Vålberg rock.

Kökar Åland
Kökar – Åland

The landscape varies from the sea to rocks covered with bushes and trees. Bog cotton is also widely available as it usually grows in swamps.