Up Aland 2006 Slideshow

Åland 2006

A selection of our best Photos

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, we 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 forest.
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
Aland nowadays. The castle is open for public with guided tours.

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