Getting to the Åland Islands is super easy, even if you don’t have your own car. I used the Viking Line from Stockholm to Mariehamm. First I had to take a bus from Stockholm to Kapelskär (easy to book through Viking Line as well!). The bus left from the bus terminal near the central station of Stockholm. This was super convenient and I had chosen the location of my hotel for this reason. It didn’t take too long to get to the ferry terminal in Kapelskär. In fact, I think we were early! Plenty of time to relax before boarding.
I love ferries. To me, it’s an adventure on its own. The views, the vastness…so lovely! I had decided to go for an evening ferry as this fitted best in my travel plans. The ferry left around 19.30 hours, if I remember correctly. With the one hour time difference, we would arrive in Mariehamm around 23.30 hours. Of course I checked with my friend beforehand if this time was ok with her, since she was the one picking me up from the ferry terminal! 🙂
Taking an evening ferry had a major advantage: a gorgeous sunset! I love that time of day anyway. Things get calmer and quieter in the early evening, the sky changes, the light changes. I not only hugely enjoyed watching the sunset, I also enjoyed the way the light hit the ferry itself. I’m a sucker for lighting and I just kept taking photos! There weren’t many people on the ferry, which was really nice (and a huge contrast with the absolutely packed ferry ride I had on the way back). We were so lucky with the gorgeous weather and calm seas. What an awesome introduction to a new (for me) destination!