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5 Torggatan, Mariehamn 22100
“My mom used to go to Kortvaruboden, in Mariehamn, for Marimekko fabrics, 45 years ago. The women who run it have been here since then. They’re always friendly and have good prices,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in...
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Mariehamn, Åland Islands
“Åland has a long maritime history so you want to try to get out on a boat if you can. I like to take visitors on the Galaesen Albanus, a replica of a wooden 1904 ship that cruises the archipelago. If you go out on a 4-hour route or longer, they...
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14 Fjärdvägen, Eckerö 22270
“Björnhufvud is beyond anything else on Aland. It’s a farm-style b&b with views on either side of the archipelago and dishes made from local foods,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl....
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“Salt, in Mariehamn, only sells Åland-made wares. Upstairs, artists and craftspeople have studio space; downstairs there’s a shop. Pick up traditional items: jewelry, woven rag rugs, sheepskin items, and trivets made from knotted rope by a former...
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“Judy's Hantverk & Inredning is a ceramic shop you can bike or drive to. Originally from Britain, she’s been on Aland for 36 years. A trained ceramicist, she has a really good sensibility. She found this old slaughterhouse, which she converted...
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134 Slottsvägen, Kastelholm 22520, Åland Islands
“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...
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Åland, 2 Ekonomiegatan, Mariehamn 22100, Åland Islands
“In Mariehman, there’s Bagarstugan Café & Vin, a cottage house that looks like you’ve stepped into great-grandma’s house. Go for lighter salads—I like one with goat cheese and sprouts—and, of course, the Åland pancake. It’s a thick pancake made...
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40 Stornäsvägen, Godby 22410
“We Ålanders love our fika, or coffee break. Johanna’s Hembakta, a bakery in Saltvik, is where I go for hemvete, a black bread made from rye flour and coffee, and flecked with caraway seeds. Have a slice, or one of her amazing cinnamon buns during...
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Havsvidden 22340, Åland Islands
HavsVidden, in the tranquil islands of Åland, has a purifying smoke sauna and rooms that overlook the sea. (From $100) This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue.
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Rovaniemi, Finland
If you still believe in Santa, love freezing temperatures and want to reach the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is a must. If you like none of that go for the Lappish cuisine that will leave you speechless. A dinner at Nilli's will leave you longing...
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5743 Flåm, Norway
This really doesn't look like the kind of place where one would want to spend more than a few minutes in transit. Not because it is shady or unsafe - quite the contrary. But because it's so small, and virtually empty. Not a soul in sight except...
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Karlsgatan 15, 00510 Helsingfors, Finland
Founded in 1929 and located in the bohemian Kallio section of Helsinki, Arla offers drinks, snacks, and the traditional Finnish healing technique knowing as "cupping." The tiled sauna rooms feel far more traditional than fancy, with casual and...
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Fjällgatan 37, 116 28 Stockholm, Sweden
I stopped by Fjällgatans kaffestuga with a girlfriend, and we dug into blueberry-raspberry pie topped with vanilla ice cream, and some hot chocolate. Located on Fjällgatan and tucked away in a corner, this little outdoor coffee cottage...
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Bådsmandsstræde 43, 1407 København K, Denmark
In 1971, squatters moved into the barracks on an abandoned military base and established Freetown Christiania, an autonomous district in the middle of the city. Later, many dwellers built their own homes on the 86-acre property. Although the...