World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Tourism in Åland

Article Id: WHEBN0030661517
Reproduction Date:

Title: Tourism in Åland  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Ålänningens sång, Åland Swedish, Military of Åland, Tourism in Iceland, Tourism in Malta
Collection: Tourism in Finland, Visitor Attractions in the Åland Islands
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Tourism in Åland

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

Attractions

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

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

  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.  
  5. ^ "Pommern"Museum ship . 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  
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.