Aug 9, 2015

New anchorages in Northern Åland

Dolphin Dance in Northern Åland

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.
/Antti

Calm anchorage
Anchorage west of Simskäla


Calm evening in Northern Åland Anchorage in Northern Åland - Aerial photo HR29 in Åland Anchorage in Northern Åland HavsVidden
HavsVidden

Sunset in HavsVidden Saggö-Ön View to Koksnan
Saggö-Ön – the view from the northern shore

Saggö-Ön Saggö-Ön_Russian fortress
Saggö-Ön - remainings of old Russian artillery batteries

Old stoned path goes from the harbour bay to the northern shore
Saggö-Ön_aerial

2 comments:

  1. Wow, breathtaking photoes again! Northern Åland looks lovely. This year we sailed more on southern Åland, and found some new nice places there too. I think that brautiful nature is maybe the most important thing in a nice harbour or anchorage place.

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    1. Thanks very much! I agree that beautiful nature is indeed pretty much on the top of the list, when selecting the place for dropping the anchor. Based on your blog post from last year, looking forward to visiting Jomalö in N Åland somewhere in the future.

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It would be very great to hear your opinion or comments. Thank you in advance for commenting! -Antti & Minna