how to get to the meeting
1) Fly to Stockholm, arriving Sunday June 24 early.
Take any of several ferries during the day Sunday.
2) Fly to Stockhom, arriving Saturday June 23 and
a) spend Saturday night in Stockholm and take early
morning Sunday Ferry to Åland,
b) take Ferry overnight to Turku (also called Abo passing
then ride Ferry back to Åland arriving Sunday afternoon (needs
reservations for a room), or
c) come to Mariehamn Saturday night
3) Fly to Helsinki and change planes to the Air Åland flight
directly to Mariehamn.
Or stay a while and see Helsinki.
Easiest for you is to send an email to Johan
(wellComing.com) and tell him when your planes arrive and depart
from Stockholm or Helsinki. Tell him whether you
are more interested in fast travel or scenery and
how limited your budget, and let him arrange travel
For those sleeping in Stockholm we
recommend the Freys
(wellComing.com) can make reservations for you and organize differnt
packages with hotel, taxi service Sunday morning
from Freys to the ferry.
Traveling from Stockholm or Helsinki by ferry or plane to the meeting in Mariehamn
boats, several each day from Stockholm, Kapelskar, Turku
and Helsinki). The Viking Line has an information and ticket
office in the Stockholm Central Bus station,
upstairs and North from the train station and
directly overhead the airport train arrival.
Ferry (ÅlandsFärjan) is run by the Viking line. It is
one boat that goes back and forth between Mariehamn and Kappelskär.
A special bus goes between Stockholm and Kappelskär and meets
every ferry. Boat plus bus is 4 hours.
The combined Viking Line and ÅlandsFerry Schedules from
Stockholm to Åland on Saturday and Sunday are:
6.00 AM bus or taxi from Stockholm to terminal (about 4 km)
7.45 AM -> 14.10 huge Viking boat Isabella Stockholm to Mariehamn
AM bus from Stockholm Central Station (90 minute
ride, coordinated with Ferry)
9.00- 12.30 ÅlandsFerry from Kapellskär to Mariehamn
bus from Stockholm Central Station (90 minute
ride, coordinated with Ferry)
15.00 -> 18.30 ÅlandsFerry from Kapellskär to Mariehamn
Bus or taxi from Stockholm Central bus station
(about 4 km ride)
16.45 -> 23.40 Viking Line huge boat (Gabriella or Mariella)
16.30 Bus or taxi from Stockholm to terminal (about
18.00 -> 7.45 AM big Viking boat Cinderella overnight Stockholm
18.50 bus from Stockholm Central Station (90 minute ride, coordinated
20.30 - 00.05 Ferry from Kapellskär to Mariehamn
20.10 -> 14.10 PM huge Viking boat Amorella Stockholm to Turku
and then back to Mariehamn
Get bed and room on boat and arrive the next
The combined Viking Line and ÅlandsFerry Schedules from Åland
to Stockholm on
Saturday and Sunday are (in brief, leaving
out middle-of-the-night departures):
7 AM and arrive in Stockholm center at 10 AM
90 minute bus to Stockholm)
10:15 AM and arrive (by scenic route) at 3:15 PM
1 PM and arrive at 4 PM (ÅlandsFerry, includes 90 minute
bus to Stockholm)
2:25 PM and arrive (by scenic route) at 7:50 PM.
7:00 PM and arrive at 9:45 PM (ÅlandsFerry, includes 90 minute
bus to Stockholm)
Silja Line (white
and blue boats, a few boats each day from Stockholm,
Turku and Helsinki, one boat from Kapelskär).
The Viking Line and Silja line have many almost identical ships and
schedules, Silja is a shade more upscale. Most
of the ships go back and forth from Finland to
Sweden, stopping at Åland
for a few minutes. These ferries are something
boats, gambling and drinking cruise ships. The
ticket is an absurdly low 12 Euro or so round trip.
You can spend money on board for many things (Most
day passengers are riding for fun, they get off
at Mariehamn and get back on a boat going back
to their home mainland). You can get a room with
beds. You can get on in the evening, sleep all
night on the boat as it goes to Åland
and beyond, then have a nice day cruise back to Åland. The ride
from Stockholm is about 6 hours and from Finland
about 8 hours. The four hours of the ride closest
to Stockholm is quite scenic. The whole ferry ride
from Turku is scenic.
One (relatively) small boat goes back and forth
between Grissleham Sweden and Eckero on Åland. Many
trips a day. A one hour non-scenic boat ride. The
bus from Stockholm to Grissleham is about 2 hours
through the rural countryside, the bus from Eckero
to Mariehamn is about 45 minutes through rural
countryside. The bus from Stockholm is not at the
Central bus station, you have to take a subway
to get to the bus. The Eckerö Line has the best
schedule, the least time and is the least nice.
A good option if you have a car. Also often used
by the locals.
Air Åland (click
on brittish flag for English) Åland airline, flying daily
Helsinki-Mariehamn, Stockholm-Mariehamn. But no flights on
Mid-Summer (June 23).
Some details about travel from Stockholm and Helsinki
Stockholm airport to Stockholm center by bus. About
10 Euros (100 Kroner). 40 minute ride. The bus
leaves about every 10 minutes so you will be at the
bus station 42-52 minutes after you walk out
the front door of the airport. Pay on the bus
or ask at the information booth at the airport,
you might be able to pay there. You catch the
bus right outside the airport at the main level.
It goes straight to the central bus station (last
Stockholm airport to Stockholm center by special
20 Euros (200 Kroner). 20 minute ride. The train
leaves every 20 minutes so you will be at the
bus station 25-45 minutes after you leave the
main airport lobby. Pay at the information booth
in the airport lobby or at the automated train
kiosks near the train or on boad. From the airport lobby follow signs
to the train deep under the airport. When you arrive in Stockholm
(last stop) you are under the bus station. Walk in the direction the
going (South) into the train station. Then
turn around and take the escalators straight backwards
(North) up into the bus station.
Stockholm bus station to Ferry by bus. Buses leave for both the big
Viking Line Ferries and the ÅlandsFerry from the central bus station.
Ask for details at the Viking Line desk.
The Ferry ride. All of the Ferries have an expensive
smorgesbord style restuarant and also a cheaper
cafeteria. The bigger boats have more restuarants
than that. All have upper deck outdoor sitting
areas which give the best views. Almost all have
some dark room with lounge seats where you can
rest. All have a secure locked room where you should
stow your stuff for the journey, you have to get
your stuff into that room within 15 minutes of
departure. The big boats have private rooms with
beds if you want to sleep properly. You should
get to the exit door by the official arrival time,
but not 15 minutes before like the announcer tries
to get you to do. The ÅlandsFerry has good free wireless internet
in the cafeteria.
Mariehamn Ferry terminal to Solhem by taxi. If we
know your arrival ferry we will make sure there
is a taxi waiting for you. The cost is about 10
Euros. As you exit the terminal building look around
for other people who seem likely to be going to
this same meeting. Big tips are not standard (for
taxis or waiters).
Mariehamn Ferry terminal to Solhem by foot. Its about
2 km. Use the Mariahamn maps on this www site or
that you pick up on the Ferry. The nicest walk
goes on a foot path by the water straight South
from the Ferry terminal. Then the final bit is
by bike path near the main road (Ålandsvägan also called Järsövägen).
Helsinki to Turku (Abo) by train. There is a 2 hour
train from the central Helsinki train station direct
to the Ferry terminals in Abo (Turku). It is timed
for catching the Ferry, leaving Helsinki about
3 hours before the Ferry departure time. Don't
get off in downtown Turku, but wait and get off at
the Ferry terminal.