Northern Åland Archipelago is definitely one of our favourite cruising areas in the Baltic Sea. It is not only the breathtakingly beautiful nature that makes us go back there year after year, but also the silence and feeling of being in the wilderness. Due to the strict legislation for land ownership in Åland, there are fewer summer houses than elsewhere in the Baltic Archipelagos. To me this area has same kind of appeal that Lapland has – it kind of feels like the time has stopped beating there.
Last year we stayed in beautiful Simskälä, which we fell in love with. The island does not have a harbour, but there is a small visitor quay for one or two boats. This year we decided to search for an anchorage in the area west of Simskäla. The evening was totally calm and the silence of this place felt magical.
The following day we continued first to nearby Hamnsundet to buy some fish and after that we continued further to HavsVidden, which we visited also last year. This 5-star hotel's guest harbour with pool area offers nice contrast for staying in wild anchorages.
From HavsVidden we continued to nearby Saggö-Ön island which together with Saggö island has some of the best anchorages in the area.
Anchorage west of Simskäla
Saggö-Ön – the view from the northern shore
Saggö-Ön - remainings of old Russian artillery batteries
Old stoned path goes from the harbour bay to the northern shore