We had a wonderful trip to Åland Islands in the
first 2 weeks of June 2006. Due to the fact that I wanted to operate
Ham-Radio on Åland Island because of its special value for Radio-Hams,
had to take along all my equipment, including the antennas. So we needed
to travel by car. From Gross-Umstadt we drove up to the utmost north
of Germany, the island Fehmarn, stayed one night there in a hotel. The
next morning we continued with the ferry to Roedby in Denmark, drove
all over Lolland to Kobenhavn, and Helsingor. There we took the ferry
to Helsingborg, Sweden. Then we drove up to Stockholm and further to
Grissleham, the ferry harbor to Åland. The ferry needs 2 hours to Eckerö
and is a wonderful trip through hundreds of rocks, called Schären. Then
we had only 5 kilometers left to our loghouse in the middle of the pinewood
We spend our days with Ham-Radio and traveling over the archipelago,
visiting Mariehamn several times, saw a speed-boat race there, another
trip led us to Bomarsund to visit the remainders of the castle. Construction
of Bomarsund Fortress began in around 1832 when Åland was part of the
Russian Empire. In addition to massive main fortress, it was planned
to have 14 defense towers, but only 3 of them were completed. During
the Crimean War, the fortress was completely destroyed by a British-French
attack in 1854. After the event, Åland became a demilitarized zone which
is still valid today. The ruins of the fortress and towers still exist,
and is one of the most important historical monuments in Åland nowadays.
On the way back we visited Kastelholm, also a castle but much older
than Bomarsund. It is the place where some of the Viking chiefs lived.
Kastelholm Castle is believed to be built in the end of the 14th century.
Originally it was built on a small island, and was surrounded by water
and moats filled with several lines of poles. The castle became strategically
important during the following centuries, however, it lost its importance
gradually. In 1745, it was severely damaged by fire, and became a ruin.
The castle was partly used as a granary until the 1930s. The building
complex has been partially restored, and it is one of the most famous
places for sightseeing in
The castle is open for public with guided tours.