“To eat the local food, try Smakbyn—“taste village”—where chef Michael Björkland, a local TV personality, makes a point to only source Aland ingredients. He cooks completely fresh takes on traditional Scandinavian pairings: parnship cheesecake with cured ham and pickled chanterelles, perch fillets with potatoes and crayfish compote. He also runs a distillery that turns local fruit into Ålvados, an apple brandy, and Röd Granit, a cherry liquer,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl.
Read more about her life growing up in the Scandinavian archipelago here. This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue.